Years ago, when Ryan and I still lived in an apartment, we bought a cheapo kitchen table and decided we would ride it out until the thing fell apart. Well, it finally happened, folks. Between us and our kids, we disintegrated that poor thing! So the time was finally right to find a new table. We had always wanted a round table with a marble look, but didn’t want to worry about actual marble because of staining and upkeep. So we figured out how to make a round kitchen table on the (relatively) cheap, using quartz.
We put quartz countertops in our kitchen during the remodel and I swear by this stuff. You can’t stain it if you try. It holds up to everything, it’s so easy to clean, and it looks beautiful. So we found a quartz remnant with a marbled look at our local stonemason (same place that did our counters!) and decided it would make a perfect table top. Read on to see exactly how we put it all together!
How to Make a Round Kitchen Table
- hairpin legs
- 1″ plywood
- tabletop (we had ours made at the stone shop)
After researching approximately one million round dining tables, we found that they were all either marble, the wrong size, or way too expensive. We needed something that was about 50″ across, which in and of itself was a problem because most round tables are either 36″, 42″ or 48″. So the first thing we did was to go to the stone shop and find a remnant. If you find can find a remnant locally that’s the right size, in a material and color you like, you can save so much money! So we found a remnant that was 51″ across and had them cut it into a circle with smoothed edges. That ran us about $400.
Next up, legs! We wanted something gold for sure, and we also wanted something that was super stable because the kids are so little and always pulling on countertops. So we didn’t want anything that was going to end up wobbly. We decided on some 3-rod hairpin legs, which we found on Etsy. (The ones that we bought aren’t stocked any more, but these are the exact same.)
And finally, the last piece was to figure out how to assemble it all. We cut a piece of 1″ plywood into a 42″ circle, then screwed the legs into that plywood (be sure to measure so that the legs are even on all sides). Then we had the stone tabletop delivered. We let the delivery guys know ahead of time that we’d want the stone glued to the plywood, as if they were installing a countertop. Alternately, if you have the stone at your home and it’s not being delivered, you can get some LocTite and just glue it yourself.
The delivery installers applied the glue in rings, measured to be sure that the stone was centered over the plywood, and set it down. I painted the outer edge of the plywood white, but truth be told, you can’t see the plywood underneath anyway. It was kind of for my own sanity.
Don’t pick up or move the table for 24 hours and you’re good to go! I’m so excited to finally have something prettier and more permanent in our kitchen. It feels like the room is complete now! And we came in way under the budget of what purchasing a similar table would have been. So far it’s been solid, easy to clean, and a total winner. Yay! xoxo