I have seen so many ideas for using marble contact paper on projects. Specifically a marble contact paper countertop. Well curiosity killed the cat and I jumped on the bandwagon. I have to say it is a nice change and it feels like it is going to hold up. I am going to tell you the tricks I learned from all the mistakes I made. Sound good?
In case you missed my post, I am joining in the $100 ROOM CHALLENGE for a 2nd round to finish a few projects that I never got to in this hallway.
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First up was a way to make the countertop of the linen cabinet more resilient that was cheap and I could do myself. So I added a roll of the marble contact paper to my AMAZON cart and paid a whole $10 dollars plus a couple of tools. I thought that even if it turns out awful, that is a price I am willing to take a chance on.
The white painted MDF counter top has been on my nerves for years. It takes so much abuse and it is always scuffed and scratched, which just makes it look dirty. This is going to hold me for a while and I am already loving the clean look of this marble contact paper countertop.
Here is what it looked like before white paint saved my sanity…
After the white paint…
The clean bright white paint was nice while it lasted but this is what it looked like 2 days ago…
Covered with junk and all scuffed up.
I clearly need some organziation in my life and that is why next week I am turning this area into our command center/drop zone.
But just the marble contact paper countertop makeover is making me do a happy dance.
Marble Contact Paper Countertop Tutorial:
Here is a picture of what you need and it is all linked HERE
1.} Clean your surface really well. Measure your pieces and cut them out with the backing on. *Cut it longer than you need because you use the exacto knife to cut a clean line on all the edges.
2.} This step is the most important if the width of your project/countertop is wider than the roll of paper. Use a long level to make a straight line to guide the placement of your first piece. I got the one that is 17 inches wide but there are 26 inch widths and 48 inch widths and even a 3 pack all linked HERE
Please excuse the next few pics. I do my best work at night but it makes for the worst pictures.
3.} Start with sticking down one corner. Then slowly pull the backing off to expose the adhesive while you use the smoothing tool to get out air bubbles and wrinkles. * Don’t worry it peels right off and you can restick it. I even saw one trick to moisten the surface so you can slide it around and then use the smoothing tool to push out the moisture until it sticks.
4.} The corner was very tricky. One thing that helped a lot was using a blow dryer to heat up the marble contact paper so that you can stretch it to fit easier. But not too much, it can tear. I slit the excess paper hanging over the corner to make wrapping it easier .
The corner turned out pretty good. Not perfect but not bad.
5.} Using the EXACTO KNIFE, cut around all the edges leaving a clean straight line. That was my favorite part!!
6.} Buy extra for mistakes and a little practice. I wish I had.
THE NOT SO BASICS:
1.} The pattern doesn’t line up so don’t waste your sanity trying to get it to. Therefore, the seams show and they look like this…
2.} The backing paper definitely has one side that sticks for good and one that you can peel off. Be very careful to use the right side if you have to put the paper back on. In case you are wondering, I stuck the wrong side on and then I had to soak it in water and painstakingly scrape it off. DIY QUEEN
3.} If there is any rough spot on the surface you will be able to feel it, so sand down those rough spots first. Like the rough spot where my husband got glue on the counter and where I left my ice water overnight. Eye roll!
Marble Contact Paper Countertop Review:
This was a good exercise for me in embracing imperfection!! The bottom line is I do like how it looks and it feels resilient. Just keep in mind that the patterns will not line up if you have a job that is wider than your roll of paper. But again there a few wider options HERE . Just an FYI it does have a glossy finish, which I didn’t mind. But for the price you can’t beat the quick transformation. So I would say give it a try because it is so inexpensive and it is easily removed if you don’t like it. Take your time, don’t rush, don’t expect perfection and it will turn out great!
Well that’s everything you ever wanted to know about a “MARBLE CONTACT PAPER COUNTERTOP“
If you have tried it and have any tricks for us leave it in the comments below.
Take a look at how others are coming up with creative ways to make over a space on a budget!!