When we first moved to New York back in March my fiance and I went back and forth about getting a kitchen table or a bar for our living room. I am a HUGE fan of all things white and marble. He prefers the standard masculine black. In the end I lost the battle. I was trying to find a way to meet in the middle and I decided that the best way to do that was to DIY my faux marble bar top.
I searched on Amazon for marble contact paper and purchased this Instant Granite Italian Peel and Stick Paper for $39.99! There were plenty of options to choose from but after reading the reviews I thought this was best. Also, this brand was the “less veiny” paper which was perfect for that subtle white counter top look. Below is my step to step guide on how to get the marble table of your dreams.
What you’ll need:
The table of your choice
Marble contact paper
Small hand towel
Build your furniture.
Measure the dimensions of the surface and cut the paper to match the counter top.
Wipe down the surface with damp hand towel. I’d avoid using a paper towel. You do not want small fibers getting stuck to the surface of the table. This will cause bubbles.
Next, place the paper on the surface. You can do this two ways. If the top is removable I would lay the top on the paper and then cut around the edges. Or you can lay the paper on the top and cut the edges. Either way works.
Peel back the top corners. Press the adhesive side of the contact paper down onto the top while slowly peeling back the paper backing. Go in smooth strokes, pushing out any air bubbles a small section at a time. You can use a squeegee for this or a cloth while applying pressure. Oh, and please do not judge my white legs…it was still winter after all. Ha.
Be patient. Work slowly to push out all the bubbles. This is very similar to applying a screen protector on your iPhone case, except with a much larger surface.
If there are bubbles at the end, an easy fix is to poke them with a pin to release the air and then press the sticker down.
Taa Dah! You have a perfect finished marble product.
Now I kind of want to cover everything in this beautiful marble contact paper. I even had enough left over to cover our end table. Right there I felt like I got my money’s worth.
Honestly, you can read this all you want but I would just watched this video. It walked me through the whole process and it was a quick and easy tutorial. Now this is what I called Trendy Not Spendy DIY Style!