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December 11, 2014

Marble Topped Tables - Ideas and Inspiration

I have to give myself a pat on the back because I've kept in check my childhood obsession with rocks.  My family would dread bringing me to the beach because I'd stuff my pockets, and theirs, with smooth stones.  I think my parents asphalted the driveway of my childhood home because in its gravel state it was too vulnerable  - I'm sure half of it ended up in my rock tumbler.  As an adult, though, I've played it cool - even as gems cycle in and out of favor as popular decor items.  Sure, this rock collection is on display and another rock collection adorns the mantle.  And then there was the framed agate art project - oh, and the agate necklace tutorial - but that's it!  So restrained.  In planning our looming bathroom reno, I've been visiting a lot of tile shops and stone yards.  I've been spending an extra long time loitering in the scrap piles, because I've been on the hunt for marble to replace the water damaged tops of our teak side tables.  The legs are solid wood, but the veneered tops have seen better days.  I can't replace the tops without risking damage to the legs, but I can add a larger, round slab of marble on top of the wood, which would have the added benefit of a larger surface.




Sadly, I found out that even leftover marble is charged at the same per foot price as a beautiful, brand new slab (at the few places I tried, anyway), which means table tops would ring in around $400!!  I'm going to keep shopping and hopefully find a bargain.  I don't want to spend a lot of money on this project, but I can't get this idea out of my head:

1st Dibs
West Elm
Meanwhile, poking around a stone yard, this hunk of labradorite stopped me in my tracks:


It may or may not have my name scribbled on it, for a side table project.  Welded legs, square stone top?  But, seriously, it's spendy too, so I might just ogle this photo from time to time and keep my eye on the prize.  Although scraps of stone aren't a bargain, did you know there's garbage bins full of free, smaller hunks?  My mother-in-law uses pieces as trivets on her table and it looks so beautiful and earthy.  I've been told I can raid the garbage bin at one stone yard, so now I'm seriously trying to find my rock tumbler...  
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  1. I'm 100% with you on loving rocks/stones/minerals!!! When we came back from our Kenyan vacation I lugged home about 25 pounds of rocks in my luggage. From Scotland in '11... around 55 pounds! LOL

    Your post has made me want to dig out my specimens stored away in the shed and get them displayed. Perfect springtime project!

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    1. Oh my gosh, my collection now seems so small scale. 55 pounds!! Where did your clothes go? You definitely need to display them and then blog about it so I can see!!

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  2. The Labradorite is gorgeous! I hope you are able to bring a piece of it in some form into the lakehouse.

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    1. I spent awhile drooling over kitchens and baths with labradorite counters and thought about it for the bathroom reno, but it's just too dark for that small space. A table, though....

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  3. Oh my! Fellow rock fan here--Lake Superior (Duluth and surrounds) is a favorite place to look for them, but the west coast of Ireland didn't disappoint either. That labradorite, though...it's been my favorite stone since I first encountered it back in the mid 90s and still what I wear most often (currently: faceted teardrop from the beading district of Seoul that I put on a thin chain). Never even considered that labradorite might come in larger pieces like the one you're sharing. That's got to be tempting!

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    1. Ireland is on my list of places to visit. I'm even more enticed now! You know, I never realized labradorite counters existed either, until I saw this slab. I always just thought of jewellery. Labradorite jewellery is so pretty. I can totally envision the faceted teardrop - it sounds gorgeous.

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  4. I'm a rock lover too. One of my favorite gifts as a kid was a boxed set of rock/mineral samples. I'm totally in a jewelry making frenzy right now, and do I go in for the Swarovski crystals? Nope. My recent purchases have been agate, marble, jasper, and carnelian. I've always loved your framed agate, and I definitely think you should do the marble-topped table DIY.

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    1. That's so exciting that you're making jewelery! I love making jewelry and I've been staring longingly at my box of supplies recently. Have you shared any photos of what you make? I follow you on IG and Pinterest, but none have popped up. Did I miss photos? I never go much for the crystals, either, I'm always loitering in the stone section. There's a local bead place where you can pick each piece individually (not a strand). Wow, there's an afternoon - it's worse than picking bananas, lol.

      Is the marble top table worth it, do you think? Seems like such an investment. Well, I'm still looking for less expensive marble sources.

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