Building furniture is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I absolutely loved building the marble desk of my dreams! It wasn’t difficult and to be honest, it wasn’t very expensive either. My friend gave me her marble and granite guy (Italian’s always “know a guy”) and he gave me a piece of scrap marble for $250. The piece was huge so honestly I got a steal (most places do $40-55 a square foot). The guys had to carry it up to my apartment and at the time I had absolutely no idea just how heavy the material actually was.
- Piece of marble (cut and finished); size depends on the space available but my piece was 2.5 feet by 5 feet (12.5 square feet).
- Hairpin Legs
- Bronze Spray Paint (for Legs; Michael’s)
- 2 long pieces of plywood that are 4 inches smaller than the longer sides of the table.
- 2 short pieces of plywood that are 4 to 8 inches smaller than the shorter sides of the table.
- Black satin spray paint (Target)
- Corner Braces (3 inches)
- Liquid Nails Fuze It
- Caulking Gun
After making your measurements, you will want to go to Home Depot to get your pieces of wood. I got 3 by 4s and had someone cut them for me at Home Depot. Once you have your wood and materials, you will want to spray paint your wood to make sure it looks finished.
Lay your wood down on the bottom of the marble. Using the corner braces, screw the nails into the 4 holes. The reason you would use these braces instead of gluing the wood together is due to the weight. This is a much stronger way to hold the frame of the desk together.
When all pieces are secure, you will then screw the legs into the frame. There is no particular way of doing this, but try to center the leg as much as possible on the frame to evenly distribute the weight. Screwing the legs instead of gluing them is much better support and gives you the option of removing the legs if you ever need to. Mark the corners of the frame on the bottom of the marble, so when you glue it you can be certain it is centered.
Flip the frame over so it is standing on it’s legs. Use a caulking gun (try to find one to borrow instead of buying one because you’ll never use it again) to apply the liquid nails to the wood. You can then lay the frame down onto the bottom of the marble. Let it dry for a day or two. I also stood on it once I laid it down to apply pressure and help the glue spread evenly. Then finally your desk is ready to be flipped! I hope you love it as much as I love mine!
Here are a few pictures of my (our) office. I will include a link to as many things as I can below!
There is more I plan to do to finish the room completely but overall I am very content with my little project.