I’m so excited to share my first Homeware DIY post…and it’s a good one! For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved changing things up. Whether it was the buttons on a jacket, the knobs on a dresser or just painting everything a different colour, I’ve loved the challenge of a good DIY project. I think it comes from my love of a bargain! I’m forever on the hunt for alternative ways of doing/buying things and there’s no better feeling than when it all works out. You might be happy to hear that my FULL Kitchen Transformation/Reveal is on the way later this week (I’m SO excited to show you everything) but I wanted to give you a little sneak peek first. Oh and share my very favourite part of the transformation – the DIY Marble Countertops. I still smile every time I look at them. You all know by now how much of a crazy person I am when it comes to homeware stuff, it makes me way too happy, haha!
When I moved into the new apartment, I knew straight away that the kitchen was the room which would need the most love. Being honest, it wasn’t even close to the worst I’ve seen here in New York, but it still needed a little work. As I said, I’ll be sharing the full reveal soon but for now I’m going to talk you through how we transformed the granite-style countertops you can see below. Again, they definitely weren’t the worst, I just knew they could be better. You all know how I much I love marble, so I wanted to somehow have marble countertops in this apartment. Someday down the line, when I have my own dream house, I’ll hopefully be able to install proper marble countertops, but for now in my little NYC rental apartment, I had to be thrifty. This cheap as chips Marble Contact Paper came to the rescue!
Below is a very quick step-by-step guide on how to do this DIY Marble Countertop transformation and a list of exactly what you need. I really only had 2 small countertop spaces to change, so it didn’t take that long at all. Just be sure to take your time and have someone there to help you. An extra pair of hands is key for this!
WHAT YOU NEED:
– Marble Contact Paper (this is the one I used)
– Sharp Knife
– Credit Card or something similar in shape
– Patience :)
1. Firstly, you HAVE to make sure the counter tops are clean. Spray with some cleaner and a cloth to ensure all dust/food is cleared off. Make sure you leave time for it to dry before applying the contact paper.
2. Measure out sections of the marble contact paper for each part of the countertop/surface you need to cover. I actually left about 1 inch of extra paper on each side, so I could cut it really precisely with a razor blade after it was applied onto the counter.
3. The next step is to start laying down your contact paper but the trick here is NOT to remove the backing paper all at once. You need to go really really slow with this step and an extra pair of hands is definitely recommended. My friend, Niamh, helped me out – so as she was laying down the contact paper and ironing out any wrinkles with a flat edged tool (we used a credit card & iphone box), I was pulling the backing paper off underneath. Team work makes the dream work and all that :) Then finally, use a sharp knife to cut away any extra pieces at the edges.
It really is that simple! Here is how mine turned out (for the grand total of just $22)……
Not bad, right? I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! So easy to do and it instantly made the kitchen more ‘me’. This marble contact paper can be used for just about any kind of surface – coffee tables, desks, dressers, the possibilities are endless! So if you have something in mind, definitely give it a try and be sure to send me your transformations on Snapchat (retroflame1) or post a picture using the hashtag #RetrosDIYtips. I would LOVE to see!
Keep an eye on my Youtube this week for the big kitchen reveal!
Have a lovely Tuesday,