What an accomplished weekend! We managed to attend a PTO happy hour, two kiddos' birthday parties, clean the house (including laundry!), rearranged James' bedroom (switched up the bed and dresser), and finally hung the four family photos that have been sitting against our bedroom wall for months now! That one felt really good.
Another project that took less than 10 minutes was transforming our entryway console table. Check out the difference a little bit of marble contact paper made!
This console table was one of the furniture pieces that moved from our old townhouse to our new home over four years ago. I've struggled with how to make it fit our new space, never really loving it here, but not wanting the money spent to go to waste. It was too small to function as a buffet table in the dining room (although it sat there for about two years) and felt dark and heavy in our entryway. Some readers have asked where we got it and it was from Pottery Barn, but they no longer carry it. I have seen a very similar version on Overstock.
It occurred to me a few weeks ago that I could cover the top of our table with marble contact paper, which would brighten the piece and coordinate with the marble counters in our wet bar and kitchen. Remembering Courtney say at the Haven blog conference that the marble contact paper comes in probably too large a roll for one person to use, I immediately texted her to see if I could buy a small piece from her. She wrote back asking for the measurements I needed (the paper only comes in 18 inches wide- just enough for my console table- phew!) and sent me a piece- at no charge I might add. Isn't that so sweet of her?! She's a good friend!
I was surprised how easily the paper adhered to the table. It's sticky, but not so much that you can't lift it back up if you need to smooth it out. I started at one side, making sure to leave enough overhang to tuck under the sides and front, then kept pressing as I rolled it out to ensure no air bubbles got trapped.
At the corners, I just cut the paper right at the edge to make a smooth corner and tucked a tiny piece underneath.
Then, it was time to layer in accessories. On top, I put a glass vase from Homegoods with faux branches. Books, two faux boxwoods, and a woven basket decorate the shelves.
I made sure to put a few books with white spines to add to the white in the marble contact paper. Those boxwoods are from Steinmart and I spray painted the brown vases white.
Thanks for the paper Court! I like our entryway so much better now!
This project reminds me of the time I made a shoebox lid into a snakeskin tray.
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