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Stone-Top Night Table

Molding adds character and serves as a border for a new cut-to-fit limestone top. A coat of pale-yellow paint is the finishing touch.


  • Measuring tape
  • Baseboard cap molding
  • Miter box
  • Wood glue
  • 1 1/2-inch finishing nails
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper/sander
  • Primer and paint
  • 1/2-inch thick limestone


  1. Step 1

    Measure the perimeter of your tabletop.

  2. Step 2

    Cut four strips of baseboard cap molding (available at lumberyards) to size in a miter box, making a 45-degree angle at each end.

  3. Step 3

    Attach molding around the top edge of the table with wood glue and 1 1/2-inch finishing nails; countersink nails with a nail set.

  4. Step 4

    Fill holes with wood putty, then sand them smooth. Prime and paint the entire nightstand. Have a piece of 1/2-inch-thick limestone cut to fit at a tile store, and place it inside the molding border.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2005