As much as I like a good DIY ( do-it-yourself) , when it comes to home decorating I tend to be more BIAD ( buy-it-already-done) or CIAF (call-in-a-favor).
I am not very handy, but I love making my living space look and feel nice. I have ensured that my home contains elements of the shades and patterns I love including damask and animal print. I also love marbling , and have always hoped to find a way to tie it in. After a bit of Googling I came across a number of people who had successfully added a marble finish to surfaces using this DIY method. I decided to give it a try and am very happy and proud of my results. I thought I would share, because I assure you that if I can do this, you can too.
I decided that I would like to add a marble finish to my washroom countertop. You could also choose to do this with a table, desk, drawers, cabinet or any other flat surface.
For this project , you will need some marble print contact paper. I ordered mine from Amazon for $15, you can get the same one HERE.
Marble contact paper is also available at home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s, but I had a look at them and they were duller than the one that I used. The rolls were also more narrow. My preference was to give the surface a glossy finish, so I am very happy with the paper I used. The contact paper is basically a large sticker of adhesive vinyl. The roll I used was 17.7″ x 78.7″ and was sufficient for my job.
In addition to the contact paper, this project requires something to wipe the surface down, a utility knife and , a wallpaper smoother. Real talk, I didn’t have a wallpaper smoother and I was eager to get started so I used the lid of a cracker tin. I am nothing if not resourceful.
I began by wiping my countertop down with a Clorox wipe. This works to remove any oil or dirt from the surface and help the contact paper to stick.
Then I cut the contact paper into strips and began to stick it down. The paper is very forgiving and if you accidentally stick it in the wrong place , you can easily pull it off and replace it. It stays sticky and does not leave a residue.
Once I placed a strip I would use my cracker lid…ummm..scraper to push out any air bubbles.
Finally I trimmed the excess paper with the utility knife.
I would like to tell you that this whole project was as easy peasy.
However, there was the small matter of the sink area. The sink was by far the most challenging area and I found it most effective to cover the sink with paper in sections and then use the utility knife to trim around it. This was the most time consuming part , but not bad once I got the hang of it.
I am extremely pleased with the results when I finished sticking and trimming all of the paper. There are lots of crocked edged and overlapped paper , but the wonderful thing about the marble pattern is that it camouflages quite well.
Disclaimer #1: It is very difficult to take pictures of a teeny rrom without getting yourself in it.
I was concerned that using marble paper may end up looking cheap or false, but this wasn’t the case at all. The end result looks great and gave a new look to the room. The best part is that it was inexpensive and did not involve making any permanent changes to the countertop. The surface is shiny and waterproof making it super easy to wipe clean. I am curious to see how the adhesive holds up with steam from the shower. But, at only $15 I can just pull it off and redo it if need be.
Disclaimer #2: Sometimes in order to get the picture you need, you just have to get in to the bathtub.
There you have it, my super successful DIY counter marbling project. If you give this a try , I would love to see how yours turns out!