Breakfast on Marble

8:41:00 PM

If you follow any design Instagram accounts, you've probably seen at least a little bit of marble.  It's a trend I'm absolutely in love with and also absolutely unable to afford. But who needs to shell out big bucks when you can just fake it? Shh.. No one needs to know it isn't real!  Make marble contact paper your new best friend.  I just bought myself a roll so you'll probably be seeing a lot of it as I go marble happy on every possession I own with a flat surface. Just kidding. Maybe. We'll have to see how this goes.

I had some serious room envy when I saw white marble trays laid out with morning breakfast on a bed overflowing with moody gray pillows. To make my own, I purchased a small sample roll of contact paper off Amazon for $8 (you can get it at my affiliate link here).  Then, I went to Michael's and bought one of their pre-made wooden trays. The trays come in a pack of two, one small and one large, for around $5.  I had some 80 grit sand paper, white acrylic paint, and foam brushes left over from a previous project.  If you need to purchase these things, the total should come out to no more than $10.
I gently sanded down the edges of the tray to smooth out any imperfections, wiped it down with a damp cloth, and let it dry for a few minutes.  Once the tray had dried, I painted on three coats of white paint, letting it dry in between each coat.  You can also add a layer of top coat for a smoother, glossier finish. 

Measure and cut out a sheet of contact paper for the bottom of the tray.  I recommend starting on one side and smoothing out any bubbles with the edge of a credit card as you peel.

And that's it!  It looks very real as long as you don't pick it up. Marble is heavy and our faux tray is convincing visually but lacks the weight needed to pass a feel test. Use it for serving, displaying, jewelry and more!


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