DIY Faux Marble Counter Top
Our kitchen has been going through a transformation since we moved into our house two years ago. The most recent change was adding a DIY faux marble counter top to the kitchen island that I purchased at the Habitat Restore. The island was just the right size to fit in the center of our kitchen, and it allowed room on all four sides for us to easily move around it in the rush of preparing meals, cleaning up after meals, etc. The only problem was it had a large dark stain right in the middle of the butcher block top.
I used various cleaners on the stain and sanded it, but the stain just would not go away. Finally, I just put a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers on it so the stain would not show up. When I attended a blogging conference a few years ago, a designer in one of the decorating that I took mentioned the wonderful results that marble contact paper produces. She and some other designers had used it in different rooms of their homes and thought it looked like the real thing - sort of - and was durable. I always had it in the back of my mind that using marble contact paper might be the answer to this little situation.
When I first bought the island, I painted the base a nice navy so it would tie in with the decor in the rest of the area. You can see the flowers covering the stain. One side has a convenient drop leaf that gives me extra room when I am preparing food. The other side has a drawer for handy knife storage.
I found several sources for the contact paper online and ordered the one that I felt looked the most realistic. Applying it took a steady hand and some patience, but I was able to end up with no air bumps or wrinkles. Using a credit card to smooth out the service was very helpful. I have to admit that the corners were the most difficult, and I am still not 100 percent satisfied with them.
And this is the final result. I am so happy with the way the table looks. Thankfully, it is holding up to the wear and tear of daily life in a kitchen Several of my neighbors thought I had purchased a slab of marble for the top before I told them about the easy, inexpensive DIY transformation. To see other great posts like this, please visit our blog.
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Published September 7th, 2017 5:15 AM
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