I have been on the hunt for the perfect coffee table for my living room for, oh, about a year now. It was a struggle, because I knew exactly what I wanted, but I couldn’t seem to find it in the size and color that I wanted!
As you probably know if you’ve been following me for a while, I really love a clean, simple style of decorating. Anything fussy or overdone isn’t for me. What I was looking for in a coffee table was something with thin gold metal legs and a pretty marble top. I was going for nice straight lines – no frills, no big chunky metal, and I wanted it topped with a beautiful piece of honed marble.
Seems like it should be easy, right?! Not so – I search long and hard, but couldn’t find anything with the clean, simple lines I was looking for. I did find one or two that were close in style, but they were way too small, and at over $1,000 a pop, they weren’t real contenders.
I’m not sure why furniture manufacturers make so many puny coffee tables – seems like I shouldn’t be the only person in the world looking for something more substantial! I wanted my table to be a decent size so that it could stand up against both the sofa and the pair of chairs without looking tiny.
Isn’t that marble gorgeous?! And I love how its elegant, smooth surface contrasts with my textural jute rug. (And it really is square – I promise! Looks slightly curvy in this pic, but that’s because I couldn’t get up high enough over it, so I had to use my wide-angle lens to take the pictures.)
In the end, I finally gave up on finding the perfect table, and decided to have one built to my exact specifications.
Here’s how it worked: I found a metal worker not far from me, Iron Birch who was wiling to build the base and powder coat it in a gold finish. Deveren did an amazing job in building from scratch the base to my table according to the size and style directions that I gave him. He powder coated it in a color of my choice, and just like that I had the perfect base for my table! You can check out his other incredible custom pieces on his website. Then I started hunting stone fabricator’s salvage yards to find a piece of marble that could be cut to the right size.
Surprisingly, it turned out to be a little tougher than I thought it would be to find a piece of marble that was big enough, but in the end I found the perfect piece at Granite by Design in West Jordan, UT. Tom, the owner, was so accommodating about letting me sort through his scrapyard to find the perfect piece of honed marble. Then it was just a matter of having the piece cut and the edges polished.
I love how my table turned out! I guess the moral of this story is – if you can’t find exactly what you want, think about having something made. It’s not the least expensive way to go, but you will end up with a cherished piece of furniture that works perfectly for your unique space!
Thanks for stopping by today – hope you have a great holiday weekend!