DIY Marble Top Desk Tutorial & A Peek at R.K.C. Southern HQ!

DIY Marble Desk Top Tutorial

You’re probably thinking, “I’ve already seen this! EVERYONE is doing it!” 💁 That may be so, but *I* haven’t done it yet, and not all of you read the same blogs and see all the same Pins, so maybe this blog post will have some helpful, new information, even if it’s only new to one of you!😂

A few years ago I showed y’all how I “marbleized” my office magnetic boards and updated an old CD rack to live a new life as a shoe rack using marble contact paper. Since then, the contact paper I loved so much has been discontinued, so this “marblizing” DIY does contain a new project, as well as a link to some currently available marble contact paper!

DIY Marble Desk Top Tutorial

My desk before ‘marbleizing’ was just a piece of butcher block over two garage style work cabinets. I found this desk/work station at Sam’s Club in 2007 for about $300 and have been using it in my home office ever since! It’s even traveled across the world (and back) a few times with me over the last 10 years! While the butcher block is a nice piece of wood, the surface isn’t as pretty as it used to be, so I didn’t feel too bad about covering it in contact paper!

DIY Marble Desk Top Tutorial

This is the contact paper I used. It’s $24.99 with free one-day shipping on right now!

DIY Marble Desk Top Tutorial

I unrolled the paper starting at one end of the butcher block and used a ruler to smooth out any bubbles or creases as I went. This contact paper smells a little like wet paint, but it’s not so overwhelming as to leave a lingering scent once it’s adhered to your desired surface.

DIY Marble Desk Top Tutorial

To finish off the corners, and make sure they’re nice and smooth, I folded the excess contact paper tightly and used flat head thumb tacks keep them from peeling off over time (Not an issue I foresee happening though, considering how strong the ‘sticky’ is on this contact paper!).

DIY Marble Desk Top Tutorial

And that’s it! Simple, easy and only cost $25! You may be able to get away with using way less paper than I did to cover your desk. This one is 2′ wide, 6′ long and 2″ thick, and one roll still covered it with a little left over.

DIY Marble Desk Top Tutorial

DIY Marble Desk Top Tutorial

I still love the way my thrifted magnetic boards look with the marbleized contact paper background. As you can see, the marble pattern is a little different than that on the desk. I think new pattern is prettier and more natural looking though!

DIY Marble Desk Top Tutorial

What do you think? Do you like the marble contact paper trend? I think it’s okay in moderation and a great way to elevate something from cheap to chic in minutes!



  1. August 1, 2017 / 05:11

    I know for a fact that as soon as I get my place I’m probably going to marbling every single service that is flat xD Love the way you did it!

  2. August 1, 2017 / 06:09

    First of all, love your office space! And what a transformation! I have a plane white desk I generally love, but you have me wanting to do this DIY!

  3. August 1, 2017 / 07:31

    Very chic!! I love love love marble – your office space is beautiful!

  4. August 1, 2017 / 16:45

    This makes me want to totally revamp my office and I haven’t even putting it together after my move!

  5. August 1, 2017 / 16:58

    You are so creative!! I’ve always wanted a marble table like this but, of course, I couldn’t afford it. Thank you for sharing the tutorial, I’m definitely making it!!

  6. I thought about doing the same to my desk (I have the same contact paper and everything!) but I wasn’t sure what it would look like. Def doing it now haha!

  7. August 1, 2017 / 19:46

    I love the marble look & how easy it is to DIY! Your desk looks so cool!

  8. August 1, 2017 / 22:33

    The finished product looks amazing!!!

  9. August 1, 2017 / 22:44

    Wow! I love this idea so much. I need to do this to my desk xx

  10. August 1, 2017 / 23:38

    I love this! The magnetic boards with the marble were a good idea too! It really ties everything together.

    Kayla |

  11. August 4, 2017 / 03:25

    Your desk looks sooooo good! I need to do this for my next place!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink