Before & After: Discarded Knoll Tulip Table Gets New $10 Top

updated May 4, 2019
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
(Image credit: Dabney Frake)

I was at an estate sale a couple of years ago and spotted this Saarinen tulip table in the driveway, marked for 5 bucks. The base is in really good shape, but the once beautiful top had met its match in the form of rain, and is weathered, splintered, warped and unsalvageable. (The original Knoll label underneath, however, is still intact.) I’ve kept an eye out for replacement tops but, as of yet, none have crossed my path.

(Image credit: Dabney Frake)

So, a couple of days ago, I decided to try to make my own temporary solution. And, after five minutes, I had a reasonable facsimile of a marble top. Do I wish I had a brand new Knoll walnut top for it, or real marble? You betcha. But, until one drops from the sky into my happy hands, this will do just fine.

If you’re interested in how it was made, I’m posting a tutorial about the whole process tomorrow. Stay tuned!