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