85 Ooh La La Marble Top Coffee Table

When I first purchased our coffee table, I knew I would be doing something to it. The original off-the-shelf version was just that; off-the-shelf typical. You may remember spotting it in our sofa story post last month.

I purchased the table for $50 from IKEA, and defaulted to this table after endless searches left me with little that fit our apartment size sectional and budget. My initial thought was to spray paint the frame gold and call it a day, but after spotting a few marble topped tables, I thought that look would be a bit more glam and sophisticated.

I made the decision to do the marble top a few months ago after spotting a few of my favorite people using some marble contact paper to transform surfaces in their home {see Courtney's counter here, Kirsten's side table here and Style Me Pretty's end table here}. But when I looked at the price tag for the marble contact paper, I nearly passed out. $65 per roll.

Then, after looking and looking and looking some more, I decided to order an inexpensive option instead. When it arrived at my door, it was not at all glam, chic or sophisticated. It had grey, cream and beige running through and there was very little marbling detail present. Realizing that the cost of the contact paper plus the cost of the coffee table would still bring me in far under typical marble topped tables {which often range from $300-$800}, I finally took the plunge and ordered the expensive paper.
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