make this! Faux Marble Tabletop

how to make a faux marble tabletop for under $10

A few months ago we headed to our local Habitat Restore to find storage for all of our kids' craft supplies. We wanted the furniture piece to look like it belonged in the dining room, and we wanted hidden storage (mesh baskets are super cute but hard to keep organized!) 

We came across a vintage buffet style piece for about $40. It was in really solid shape but the formica top had a lot of scratches and wear. We swiftly purchased and added it to our furniture family. 

For under $10 (!) we added a marble contact paper to the top of our dresser, its super easy to do and we are sharing how in the post below! 

a thrifted cabinet gets a makeover

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How to Make a Faux Marble Tabletop


-Flat, smooth surface

-Grey Marble contact paper 

-Credit card or similar

Step 1

Measure how much contact paper you will need. Then gently peel back a bit of backing paper. Starting at a bottom edge gently press smooth to surface.

how to make a faux marble tabletop

Step 2

Continue the process on flat top part of surface. I recommend pulling backing paper off slowly as you press down the contact paper.

slowly peel back contact paper and apply to tabletop

Step 3

Use a credit card (or smoothing tool) to get a smooth surface without bubbles. 

smooth contact paper with a credit card

Step 4

Using the grid lines on the back of the contact paper, measure and cut a thin strip of contact paper for the front of the faux marble tabletop. Apply using steps 2 and 3.

apply contact paper to front edge of furniture

The result is beautiful and refreshes even the most dated furniture! I'm really happy with how the piece turned out in our space. It covered the formica scratches and lightened up the furniture piece. This project took under $10 and can be done in about 30 minutes. 

Let me know if you decide to try it! I would love to see a picture!

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