$13 DIY Faux Marble Countertop

$13 DIY Faux Marble Countertop @themerrythoughtWhile working on my brother’s kitchen cabinet makeover, I decided to try out a few other easy fixes that would be renter friendly and see how they went. I know tons of people have used contact paper to cover up ugly countertops but I had never believed it would work well enough to try it. But I desperately wanted to cover up the annoyingly boring, beige laminate counters so I decided to just try it out so that I could at least know whether or not it works. It’s been on for over a month now and my brother is not necessarily a careful or super cleanly person (ha!) and they’ve been holding up SO well! So I just wanted to share what I used/did because it’s actually insane to me what a cheap and quick fix this is for all of the people out there dealing with hideous rentals! I can’t recommend it enough!$13 DIY Faux Marble Countertop @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Marble contact paper (This stuff was great because it was actually wide enough to go across the counter! A bunch of the ones I looked at weren’t.)
Plastic putty knife or a credit card would work
X-acto knife or utility knife

How to do it:
This definitely takes a bit of patience and precision so don’t rush the process! You want to make sure everything is square and there are no air bubbles under the contact paper.

Clean counter throughly and let dry completely. Start on one end of your counter and peel back some of the paper backing from the contact paper. Square the contact paper with the back and side edge of the counter and use the putty knife to smooth it out – making sure all bubbles are out. (You can leave the front edge free at this point, you’ll wrap it around the counter later) Slowly work your way across the counter – unrolling the contact paper, and peeling off and cutting away more of the paper backing as you go. You can always pull it back up and readjust it if necessary. When you get to anything that you have to go around (like the sink), you can stick the contact paper down and then run the x-acto knife right along the edge of it and remove the excess paper. Once your contact paper is across the counter, you can wrap it around the front edge of the counter and use the x-acto knife along the bottom of the counter to trim off the excess paper.

So far ours has been holding up really well along the sink but you could always caulk around the sink if you’re worried about it.
$13 DIY Faux Marble Countertop @themerrythought$13 DIY Faux Marble Countertop @themerrythought$13 DIY Faux Marble Countertop @themerrythought$13 DIY Faux Marble Countertop @themerrythought$13 DIY Faux Marble Countertop @themerrythought-Caitlin

  • LexyTuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:50 pm

    I was wondering if that was contact paper! This looks incredible! Glad to hear it’s held up so well! ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, March 26, 2019 - 1:38 am

      Thank you!! I honestly am SO impressed with it. I’ll probably do it at all future rentals! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah WilsonTuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:44 pm


    Can you please tell me the Brand and Name/Style of Marble contact paper you used? Love the look!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, March 26, 2019 - 1:37 am

      Thank you! It’s linked above under “what you need” for the project! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Erin BrouilletteFriday, March 22, 2019 - 11:58 am

    Do you have any suggestions for cleanly doing a seam? My counter is longer than the 78″ max length role and I am curious if it would peel up and get dirty and/or be really noticeable? Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, March 26, 2019 - 1:36 am

      I’ve heard from other people that it’s not too bad with the seam. I had to cut mine a little bit so there was a slight seam along the back of the sink and I haven’t had any problems with it peeling up. The noticeability would depend on what kind of contact paper you get and how dark the marbling pattern is. The one that I linked I don’t think would be too noticeable but definitely wouldn’t look seamless. I would suggest trying to make the seam line up with the edge of the sink or a corner of the counter if that’s possible.ReplyCancel

  • AllisonWednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:32 am

    You know what’s really terrible for a renter? Moving into an apartment or home that has covered the counter with contact paper. It stains. It never ever doesn’t have tears with old food worked into the cuts, and it’s paper so all the previous residents’ germs are in there because they’ve cleaned it with something abrasive or at the very least a scrubby side of a sponge. Yes, it’s cheap and looks great at the start, but please don’t leave it behind for the next gal.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:30 pm

      Sounds like maybe you’ve had a bad experience with it! Thanks for the concern! Every landlord I have ever had would require that it be removed prior to leaving anyways. So, of course, we plan to remove and clean the counters as any responsible tenant would do. That’s what makes it a great option like removable wallpaper for renters that just want a functional space that also is more their style than the ugly, stained, cut-up counter that was already in the apartment when they moved in! Then they can just remove before they go and leave the landlord with the plain old apartment that they started with! 🙂ReplyCancel

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