$13 DIY Faux Marble Countertop

While 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….

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  • 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

    Hello,

    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

20 Throw Pillows Under $20

If you decided not to whip up a few of the DIY pillows I shared last week, no need to worry! We’ve got your pillow needs covered with this collection of throw pillows you can just order online! I always struggle with the cost of throw pillows… there are so many in the $40-$80 range!…

DIY Essential Oil Storage Tray

A while back we had asked what kind of projects you wanted to see more of here on the blog and what kind of new products you’d like to see in our shop…essential oil storage was something that came up for both, so here it is! This was also something I’d been wanting for my…

How To Make DIY Painted Pillows

Since I didn’t have room to haul my whole pillow collection from NY out to CO, I’ve been slowly trying to pick up a few more throw pillows to make my space here a bit cozier! Especially because they keep my apartment building at 64° – the more blankets and pillows to surround myself with,…

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  • Jennifer DavisSaturday, March 16, 2019 - 3:20 pm

    Where did you get that bench from that your diy pillows are on?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, March 18, 2019 - 12:03 pm

      The bench is from IKEA. It’s not listed online but they had it at our local store – it’s the BJÖRKSNÄS bench.ReplyCancel

Cinnamon Swirl Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze

Back in high school, a friend & I would occasionally meet before school at a little diner for breakfast. Very occasionally since I’m not a morning person and hate getting up early. But this diner served the most delicious breakfast treat – warm cinnamon bread topped with a glaze, called L.A. Cinnamon Bread (no idea…

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  • JanThursday, March 7, 2019 - 9:03 pm

    How about using your bread machine for the dough? After it rises, take it out and put it in the oven in a bread pan. I tested this with extended family who said said hand kneading didn’t make a difference. The machine saves so much time!ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, March 8, 2019 - 12:55 pm

      I guess I will have to brush off my bread machine and give it a try! If only I could find some extended family to taste-test it! 😉ReplyCancel

  • T.B.Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 11:32 am

    These bars look so yummy and gorgeous. Cinnamon is the perfect flavor for this season!ReplyCancel

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