Faux Marble Console Makeover

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.

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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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  1. August 25, 2014 / 2:15 am

    Love this! I just ordered and got some similar paper- but I haven't decided which place I want to use it in my house:)

    • August 27, 2014 / 2:29 pm

      Ooh, you will love it! It's really easy to use.

  2. Dream Mom
    August 25, 2014 / 4:06 am

    Wow, that turned out great. Looks amazing in the photos! I agree with you; I wouldn't get rid of a good piece of furniture either. Sometimes it just takes a while to find the right spot for it.

    I have two black three drawer chests on either side of my bed in my master bedroom with curved sides. I love them however the black top seems too dark to me…maybe I'll give this a try.

    • August 27, 2014 / 2:29 pm

      And I think it won't collect as much dust- or at least not be as visible.

  3. natasha {schue love}
    August 25, 2014 / 4:21 am

    Wow, what a difference it makes! And it looks so real too!

  4. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    August 25, 2014 / 6:05 am

    It looks gorgeous! That marble contact paper is so convincing!

  5. August 25, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    I'm amazed! That looks awesome. At the moment, I don't have any furniture I could do this too, but it's definitely something I'll remember!

  6. August 25, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    Love this project! I am trying to figure out what piece of furniture I could try this on in my home.

    • August 27, 2014 / 2:30 pm

      I'm thinking of other projects too . . .

  7. August 25, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    I am always amazed by this marble contact paper. It looks real in every picture I have seen. I have been trying to find it in stores for close to a year just need to order online. How does it look in person?

  8. August 25, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    It looks amazing! You would never know it was "faux" marble. So much brighter. And, Court is one in a million.

    • August 27, 2014 / 2:30 pm

      Yes, I agree!

  9. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    August 25, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    That looks fan-freaking-tastic!!! You would never know that wasn't real marble!!!

  10. August 26, 2014 / 12:48 am

    That looks wonderful! Love it and the styling.

    • August 27, 2014 / 2:31 pm

      Thanks Kandace!

  11. August 26, 2014 / 2:29 am

    WOW! That looks beautiful, what a difference it made!

  12. August 27, 2014 / 11:22 am

    new to your blog, and i just love this project! what a huge impact for a small amount of time and money…very inspiring!

    • August 27, 2014 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you and welcome! 🙂

  13. The White City Project
    August 27, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    This is SO smart! I just had a piece of marble priced for a new top to an old piece I was struggling with…I think this may have to be my solution instead!

    • September 12, 2014 / 6:23 pm

      Try it! I bet you'll love it!

  14. September 6, 2014 / 1:02 am

    Love! It looks so good and you cannot tell that it's faux marble. I would love to do this to my TV cabinet, I have some water damage I need to hide.

    • September 12, 2014 / 6:23 pm

      Perfect solution Darnetha!

  15. September 12, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    Wow, I love this! great transformation Megan! Do you think it would work on a bathroom countertop?

  16. October 29, 2014 / 2:24 am

    Thank a lot. I'm was thinking to change my TV Cabinet. Looks like don't have to do it. Just Change the look. Thank so much for the idea.

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