Monday, February 16, 2015

Tutorial - Faux Marble Table DIY

The marble look has been having a major moment in interiors and fashion. It can get a bit pricey to invest in marble furniture or counter tops, so I've discovered a blogger secret-- everyone's been using faux marble! Here's how to get the look on a major budget (like $10!). Bonus: if you get sick of the look, it's removable! Follow along below to see how to get the marble interior look yourself and take your instagrams to the next lev.
how to diy a faux marble table surface
on the table: sunglasses, happy plugs in-ear headphones, three hands antelope skulldiptyque candle, the collection candlelady gaga x terry richardsonalexander mcqueen savage beauty

how to diy a faux marble table surface
You'll need:
- Marble Contact Paper
- Scissors
- Small hand towel
- Ikea Vittsjo or any table or surface you would like to marbleize

how to diy a faux marble table surface
First build your furniture-- I'm using the Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table, which has become a favourite for Ikea Hacks because of the simple minimal design.
Start by cleaning the surface you will be covering in contact paper. Wipe it with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

how to diy a faux marble table surface
I'm using DC-fix contact paper and there's a great grid on the backing to make it easy to cut the paper to size. Because the Vittsjo has a removable glass top, I simply placed it on the unrolled paper and cut around it, leaving about an inch allowance along the edges.If you are doing this on a table surface that isn't so easily movable, you may need a tape measure.

how to diy a faux marble table surface
After cutting the paper to size, peel one edge of the backing. Then lift the glass surface and gently place it over the sticky edge, leaving the 1 inch allowance.

how to diy a faux marble table surface
Lift the edge of the contact paper and wrap it over the edge of the glass and press it into place. Then flip the surface over so that the contact paper is on top.

how to diy a faux marble table surface
Next, take the towel and press the adhesive side of the contact paper down onto the glass while slowly peeling back the paper backing. Go in smooth strokes, pushing out any air bubbles a small section at a time.

how to diy a faux marble table surface
Work slowly to push out all the bubbles so that the surface looks smooth. If any air bubbles do get trapped, you can pull the adhesive back and try to smooth it down again. 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.

how to diy a faux marble table surface
When the entire surface has been pressed down, flip the glass over. Then cut a square out of each corner and then press the contact paper over the edges.

how to diy a faux marble table surface
on me: aritzia sunday best bradbury shirt, american apparel high-waist side zipper pants, fitbit flex

When then entire thing has been pressed onto the surface, place it back onto the table! It's that easy-- no mess, not fussy, and a total game changer.

how to diy a faux marble table surface
under the table: alexander wang trifold bag (dyed black here), nike kaishi run, alexander wang kori boots, ikea samla box

I'm using the table as an entry way console table. Since I live in a really compact loft space, it's nice to have a station when you walk in the door to drop everything in your hands. The small "drawer" can hold some mail and the space below is perfect for some shoes and a recycle bin!

Now that you're in on the marble contact paper trick, what will you marbleize?

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