Buy or DIY: Marble Saarinen Tulip Table vs. the IKEA HackNicole Balch
The Saarinen round dining table, also known as the Tulip Table (because of the shape of its iconic matching dining chairs), is a design classic. There is a white laminate top available, but the marble top is the most sought-after. It is available in several sizes, but the 42″ diameter version sells for over $3200.
Plenty of knockoffs exist at various price points, but the cheapest options often look it. If you’re not shy to a paintbrush though, you can paint a faux-marble finish on an IKEA Docksta for an IKEA Hack that comes fairly close to the original that costs 90% less.
Of course, the devil is in the details. The Saarinen table base is sleeker and glossier. More delicate in form. The top has a more refined edge, and up close, no matter how great your DIY skills are, you’re going to be able to tell it isn’t real marble. Still, that price difference is pretty astounding. What would you do to get a marble-topped tulip table? Save up and buy, or spend a little time and DIY?