Remember the marble shelves on our holiday bar cart?
Well, they're not actually made of marble!
They originally started out as wood:
I updated them with my favorite marble contact paper!
I cut two sheets of contact paper a little larger than the size of the shelves. I rolled the paper onto itself and peeled away the backing:
I flipped the contact paper over and gently rolled it onto the shelves, smoothing out any bubbles along the way:
Here's how one shelf looked after the marble contact paper was stuck in place:
I creased the edges of the paper.....and quickly realized I did a horrible job at getting the paper lined up straight haha
There were four corner brackets on the underside of the shelves. I creased the edge of the paper again and stuck it in place (seen on the right).
I cut the paper at the edge of the bracket and smoothed it down as best I could (it didn't want to stick to the rough edges). I cut away any excess and moved onto the next side.
I folded the contact paper like a present at the corners. I used an x-acto knife to cut away the excess in the space where a metal piece goes to secure the shelf to the bar cart (the gap in the middle).
Here's what the underside of the shelf looked like when it was finished:
Here's what the top of the shelf looked like when it was finished:
I gently placed the shelf back in our bar cart and screwed it in place from underneath.
One shelf down, one to go!
I repeated the same steps for the second, bottom shelf:
The marble contact paper is really convincing and looks great against the warm brass of the bar cart's frame!
Just for fun, here's a before and after comparison of our bar cart:
Anddd here it is all dressed up for the holidays! :)
What would you use marble contact paper on?