Anthropologie Inspired Knock-Off Marbled Lazy Susan!
Turn an outdated thrift store find into a modern high-end marbled lazy susan!
Hello, sweet friends! Happy May Day! I don’t have a may basket for you today, but I do have a fun DIY!
So this past weekend we started tackling the BIG job of decluttering our basement to prepare for our eventual move! We’ve both collected a lot of STUFF over the years and it’s going to take a while to get through it all. But we dug in and began to separate everything into ‘donate’ ‘keep’ and THROW AWAY piles!
Halfway through the sorting of my ‘stuff’, I came upon this old, and outdated lazy susan.
I picked it up last year at a yard sale for like $.50! I’ve seen these at thrift stores too! I had no idea what I would do with it, so, like usual I put it in my stash room in the basement for another day! Michael thought I should throw it because he figured no one would want if I donated it anyway. But I had another idea!
I’ve been making a ‘wish’ list for our new house for quite some time and during the process I remembered coming upon this GORGEOUS piece! It would be perfect for any kitchen island or dining table. You could keep items like napkins, silverware, etc for mealtime. A sugar bowl and creamer for breakfast. Or just add a few decorative items.
Of course getting my faux wood-VERY lacquered lazy susan to look like the high end ($88) lazy susan would take a bit of work, but I was up for the challenge!
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Note: Not everyone has an existing lazy susan to makeover! If you’re good with tools you could make your own lazy susan using scrap wood. Or you could buy a round pre-cut piece of wood and hardware to create your own. Cost would be a bit more but still less than the inspiration piece! Then use my simple tips to create the marbled effect.
Lazy Susan (of course)
Sandpaper (120 grit)
White paint ( I used Behr Paint and Primer since I had in on hand)
Light Gray Acrylic Paint (Apple Barrel Granite)
Dark Gray Acrylic Paint (Apple Barrel Dark Granite)
Stain Gel (Minwax Polyshades-Expresso)
steps to create a marbled lazy susan:
***Note: After giving each side a coat of paint, I allowed drying time of about 1 hour. Then I applied a second coat and let it dry overnight.
almost a fail before we even got started!
As I mentioned my lazy susan was made of faux wood and had a LOT of lacquer!!! It was impossible to get it all off so that regular stain (lighter like the inspiration) would adhere. I wasn’t about to give up so I changed course.
***Note: Remove the tape immediately after you apply the second coat of white paint before allowing it to dry overnight.
Veining can be as difficult or as easy as you want it to be. My advice-don’t overthink it and have something you can look at for reference. I chose a sample of our kitchen countertops we saved. TIP: Veining always goes in one direction and it branches out.
After stepping back and looking at the veining I decided it was a bit TOO much for my taste. I guess I prefer less than more. No problem. Just simply dab a sponge or paintbrush in some white paint and lighten it up!
TIP: If you’re leery about painting on the marble look, think about applying the same look using contact paper like this!!
Now for that middle section! After much thought I decided the only way to go was darker!
Note: Gel stain can be applied over paint and even lacquer as long as you scuff up the surface a bit. It worked beautifully for this project. After I applied one light coat, I removed the tape and allowed it to dry for about 4 hours or until it is no longer tacky. Then I carefully touched up any bare spots with a small brush.
Friends, I am SO glad I stuck this one out even when I hit a major roadblock! I couldn’t be happier with how my lazy susan looks and I actually love the darker wood stripe better!
Our ‘new’ marbled lazy susan found a home in the coffee/breakfast station we just created a few weeks ago. (More on that in another post.) It’s the perfect size to hold cups or bowls, and even a few fresh flowers from our garden!
So what do you think about my Anthropologie Inspired Knock-Off Marbled Lazy Susan? Has it inspired you to try your hand at creating a marble look? Maybe on some other item in your home, if not a lazy susan?
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