December 15, 2014

Threshold Bar Cart Makeover

Thank you to Design Your Wall for providing us with their Marmi Grey marble contact paper to use for this project! All ideas and opinions are my own.

Remember the marble shelves on our holiday bar cart?

Well, they're not actually made of marble!

They originally started out as wood:

Threshold bar cart before

I updated them with my favorite marble contact paper!

Marble contact paper sheets

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:

Peeled marble contact paper backing

I flipped the contact paper over and gently rolled it onto the shelves, smoothing out any bubbles along the way:

Marble contact paper application

Here's how one shelf looked after the marble contact paper was stuck in place:

Finished marble contact paper

I creased the edges of the paper.....and quickly realized I did a horrible job at getting the paper lined up straight haha

Creased marble contact paper

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.

Shelf bracket

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:

Underside of shelf

Here's what the top of the shelf looked like when it was finished:

Finished marble contact paper shelf

I gently placed the shelf back in our bar cart and screwed it in place from underneath.

One shelf down, one to go!

Bar cart makeover – half marble, half wood

I repeated the same steps for the second, bottom shelf:

Threshold Bar Cart Makeover

The marble contact paper is really convincing and looks great against the warm brass of the bar cart's frame!

Marble contact paper detail

Threshold Bar Cart Makeover

Just for fun, here's a before and after comparison of our bar cart:

Bar cart before and after

Anddd here it is all dressed up for the holidays! :)

Holiday bar cart

Holiday bar cart angle

What would you use marble contact paper on?


  1. That is so awesome! I never thought to use contact paper like that! Where did you get the bar cart? I would be interested in seeing how you use your bar cart in different seasons.

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Julia Cregar

    1. Thanks Julia! The bar cart is from Target: and it happens to be on sale right now!

      Mine is last year's model so my gold frame has a bit of a distressed/brushed finish whereas this year's model has a solid matte gold finish.

  2. Great update Caitlin! Always love seeing that marble paper used. xoxo

    1. Thanks Kristin! It's such a great paper and so versatile :)

  3. Looks great!! I just love contact paper!! We used it on shelves in the bathroom to makes the marble on the countertop!

  4. Love it! I have some marble contact paper and have found some super cute uses for it. LOVE your bar festive and fun! Cheers!

  5. What a difference! I need some of this contact paper in my life!

  6. This makes me want to marble-contact-paper all the things!

  7. Love it and pinned it several times today on Ahalogy ;)

  8. Still swooning over that bar cart. I remember you got it for something ridiculous like $1 (can't remember exactly but that's how much it felt like haha!) Beautiful little hack you did here. Marble contact paper is one of my favorite things!


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