Losing My Marbles? January 29, 2014 DIY, Furniture Makeovers, Furniture Tutorials, Home Decor, Our House, Thrift Store Finds 4 Comments 10894 So I did something a little crazy in my office… I had to get a new desk to accommodate my new work computer, and I was lucky enough to find a long and narrow conference-y style desk for $20 at my local Habitat store. I really wanted something that I could have the computer and a sewing machine on at the same time. After checking 5 stores, this one fit the bill…the only problem was that there was some damage to the top. But I loved the perfect fit of the desk so much that I was willing to overlook it for awhile until I figured something out. Initially I thought I’d use aluminum foil like this coffee table makeover I did awhile ago when I had my antiques booth. But, I decided to cruise around Pinterest to see what other ideas I could find. It turns out that contact paper has become a popular other-than-cabinet-shelves surface covering, and there are all kinds of new patterns available. Marble seemed to be the most common version popping up in home projects, but the cost ranged from $5-$65/roll depending on the realistic quality and color. I figured I would start with something pretty cheap just to get my feet wet with this new technique. I went to my local Walmart and picked up a roll of this stuff. I cleaned the desk well- making sure to remove any dust particles-and planned my layout. Basically I just wanted the visible areas to look nice, so that definitely helped. I think I’d want a wider roll if I was doing the whole desk so I could wrap it seamlessly around both sides. I’ll spare you the details of applying it, it’s really very easy to do: peel and stick! The result looks pretty decent, what do you think? It’s definitely not my favorite coloring of marble, but it does brighten up the space and covers the damaged areas (which kept catching my sweater sleeves, how annoying!). I think the biggest change is the view when you walk in. It’s definitely more clean looking, and a table skirt is likely to happen in the near future. Overall, I’m content with my $5 fix…it’s possible I’ll change it down the road but you can’t beat the cost and time investment here! Have ya’ll ever used the “fancier” contact paper for a project other than in the kitchen? 4 Responses Sandy January 29, 2014 Rachael, what a nice change……..the table/desk looks GREAT! Plus it really brightened the room up. thanks for your tips & ideas……always so helpful! Reply One TIPsy Chick February 1, 2014 Love this idea! I want to do this on my daughter’s desk! Reply Kelli February 13, 2014 I did a very similar option for a desk with a lot of scratches. I used a roll that looks like brushed aluminum, and now it looks kind of chic. (I love it). But the marble option looks cool too! Thanks for sharing Reply Simple Antiqued Chair Tutorial August 18, 2014 […] I have since used it as a desk chair myself in my office, but it’s not tall enough for my new set up. So it sat in the corner collecting dust and clutter until I randomly decided to paint it the other […] Reply Leave a Reply to Kelli Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. CAPTCHA Code * Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.