The Perfect Easy Home Improvement DIY
How are you all doing? I hope everyone is stayin’ alive! (Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive…) My apologies, I couldn’t help it! 😛 So anyway, since we are all stuck at home currently, I decided to share with you an easy home improvement DIY I did recently!
This little DIY is super simple and you can do it all from home with very little tools needed. So if you find that you have a little time on your hands and a flat surface of your home that could use a sprucing up, then this is the DIY for you!
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The Perfect Easy Home Improvement DIY To Do While You’re Stuck At Home!
This DIY project is the perfect way to turn old tables, dressers, or countertops into something new using only contact paper! Create a beautiful and real looking marble top to any old piece of furniture with this simple little DIY!
This DIY was inspired by one of my favorite YouTubers, Kait Nicole! As soon as I saw her tutorial doing this in her home, it reminded me that I already had that same marble contact paper lying around from a previous DIY and the inspiration just hit me like a bolt of lightning!
I have a bedside table that I have had since I was in my teens, brought it home in the car with me on my way back from a road trip to Oklahoma and back. (I live in California.) So it’s been with me for a while, and it shows. This white table has lots of chips and unremovable stains on the top and it has bothered me for quite some time.
It’s not exactly pretty anymore and I have considered just slapping on a fresh coat of paint, but then when I saw Kait’s video I had a much better idea! I knew exactly what to do with my leftover marble paper, and almost immediately got started!
Ready to do your own? Let me break it down for you.
Tools You Will Need
First, of course, you will need contact paper. The kind I used is very affordable and from Amazon. Depending on how big your surface is, you might need more than one sheet of the paper, but I have used the same sheet 3 times now and had plenty. So go ahead and measure your table, dresser, shelf, countertop, etc to make sure you know how much of the paper you will need.
Next, you will need something to help smooth out the paper onto your surface. An old credit card is perfect for this. There will be lots of wrinkles and air holes, so this will come in handy to easily smooth everything out.
Glue is an optional extra tool, just in case you need a little extra stick to help smooth down the corners. You probably won’t need it as the paper is just one giant sticker and it sticks down pretty well. But if you have any stubborn areas, a few drops of craft glue should do the trick!
Time To Get Started
Start by clearing off your chosen surface and giving it a good wipe down. Then take your marble paper and line it up as best you can, then very slowly peel the backing off and start laying it down onto your surface, be sure to go slow and use your plastic card to smooth out any wrinkles and air bubbles.
Do one part at a time, each time slowly peeling off the back of the paper, smooth, then go on to the next. Don’t peel all the backing off at once, huge mistake! Just go little by little. Keep smoothing everything out nice and slow to make sure there are no air bubbles. You don’t want to ruin that real marble look!
Once you have all of your paper smoothed out and onto your surface, do the same to the corners. You may have to use scissors to cut off any excess and shape the paper to fit just right. Using a spot of glue or a hairdryer might come in handy for any stubborn areas.
Then it’s time to stand back and gaze at your gorgeous new marble top! Wasn’t that easy? If you need any extra info, help or tips, I highly recommend checking out Kait Nicole’s original video!
I hope you enjoyed this post and found a fun DIY you can do while you’re spending all this time at home! Please don’t forget to share this post and subscribe to my email list to stay up to date on all the things, plus receive free motherhood quote graphics to share on Instagram!
Love, Jess XO