DIY, Home Decor, Lifestyle

DIY Marble Desk

With school starting back next month and with me working from home more often, I recently decided it was time for me to have a dedicated work space. As much as I love sitting on the couch or in bed and working, it can be really hard for me to call it a day. I’m one of those people who will answer “one more email” or “do one last thing,” that ends up taking an hour.

To help me stay motivated and organized, I decided to spruce up our home office!If you know me, you know I have an obsession with white marble, but am less obsessed with its price tag.

Am I the only one who thinks that contact paper is like the 8th world wonder? It gives you that expensive looking elegance for less than $10 a roll!

I gave this desk a complete makeover and I must say, I am in love!

For this project you will need:

  • Marble Contact Paper
  • Spray Paint
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Painters tape/Masking tape
  • Desk (I got this one from Big Lots for $60. Ikea has a similar one for $40, but I liked the removable glass shelf the desk from Big Lots has)

I recommend spray painting the desk before assembling it. I took the pieces outside and sprayed them down.

I LOVE the look of this Krylon Hammered Gold spray paint. The finish looks so expensive in person. Take your time spray painting and layer each coat one at a time. I wait 30 to 45 minutes in between each coat. After the pieces were sprayed down completely, I let them dry for several hours.

I decided to save my spray paint and not spray all of the top bars of the desk because I knew I would be covering it with the contact paper later. Once the desk was sprayed down and completely dry, I assembled it. Cooper was really impressed with how nice the color turned out!

After the desk was completely assembled with the glass shelf on top, I was ready to add some contact paper!

The contact paper I ordered had lines on the back of it. This made it so easy to measure out how much I needed. I simply laid out the paper on top of the desk, and marked the back with a pen so I knew where to cut.

Now this roll of contact paper is not wide enough to cover the whole desk, so I had to cover it in two sections. The marble design is amazing for projects like this, because it all blends together so well, so you can’t even see that I used two separate pieces.

Before I actually stuck the contact paper to the desk, I used some tape to tape down the corners just so I could see how the top would look.

Make a diagonal cut on each corner so that you can lay it nicely. (If you have any trouble with this, there are several helpful YouTube videos out there that show you how to get perfect corners.)

After I cut all of the corners, I grabbed Isaac and had him help me stick the contact paper to the top of the desk. We put down the smaller piece first and then the larger piece so it would overlap. Start from the middle as you apply the contact paper and smooth it out as you go. Once the top is covered, you can cover your little glass shelf.

And then you’re done and can decorate your fabulous desk! I hung up this inspiration board I made to help tie it all together. I am shocked how easy and inexpensive this project was.

I can’t wait to get some work done in my new office.

Let me know in the comments some of your favorite things to get you through the work/school day!


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