- black spray paint
- gold spray paint
- marble contact paper
- painter’s tape
- craft knife
(The pictures start with the black areas already painted because I accidentally erased the earlier ones from my camera. I am a dork).
After giving the tables a good scrubbing to get the city grime off, I taped off the gold areas and spray painted the rest two coats of matte black. Then I reversed the taped off parts to spray the brass areas.
I first tried to restore the brass. But it is plated, and had gotten scratched and rubbed off in some areas. It was never going to look nice. Still, I hesitated. The dull gold color was either going to look fabulous or awful, and once it was done it was going to be too late. I gotten pretty twisted up about it, then reminded myself this is only furniture and it was free, and just went for it. Luckily, I think it looks awesome. Right? After the painting was done, all that was left to do was cover the tops with the marble paper. These also needed a good scrubbing, and still had stains and paint splatters all over them (I really wish I had a picture to show you). I used a spackle knife to smooth to paper from the middle out as I unpeeled the backing. I still had a few small bubbles. I popped those with a pin and pressed the air out. I overlapped the 2 pieces by 1/4″ to join them together.
Here’s a close up of the two pieces joined together. You can see the seam when you look for it, but I think a marble pattern always looks a little random, so it doesn’t bother me. If you want to cover a whole surface in one piece, you can find larger width marble paper here. The finished table! My new nightstands from abandoned furniture for less than $20.
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