How to Marbleize a Desktop for an Instant Change

Marbleizing a desktop or table top has a few tedious steps but in a few hours you have a new look!  I was looking for a more feminine look for a desk that my husband brought home from his office.  It was going to be used in my studio and marbleizing the desktop with a “marble” look was the perfect idea!  I have used shelf lining paper before to cover table tops and I remembered that it came in a marble pattern.  I checked a few places and landed at Lowes Home Improvement.  They had a pretty white and gray tone pattern that was going to be perfect with the black desk.  So, let’s talk about how to marbleize a desktop for an instant change!

You want to measure the table top area before going so you know how many rolls to buy.  One roll worked for me.  I tend to eyeball things a lot, so I rolled out the paper across the desk as shown.  Next, I wanted about a 2 inch lip to hangover, this would allow me to fold it up under the desk.  Then, the paper was cut out with scissors and the backing was peeled off.  As you can see in the fourth photo on the left, that I started on the edge of the desk and pressed down slowly and firmly.  In that photo there is sort of a bump underneath, that is the “backing” paper as you pull along.

After it was adhered to the desktop, I pressed a crease on the edge of the desk.  Next, I mitered the corners and folded the edges.  Then, I put on the back piece in the same manner as I did the front piece.  The desk was wider than the roll of paper is why two pieces were used.  I butted the seams up very close together and it fell towards the back of the desk and it doesn’t really show.  Last, I took an x-acto knife and cut out the hole where my cords would come up and connect to the computer.

how to marbleize a desktop

I love how it turned out!  It was a great solution on a low budget. It took a little over an hour from start to finish.  Not bad at all! I loved it so much I did the cabinet next to it that holds my printer.

How to marbleize a desktopHow to marbleize a desktop

To see more changes made in my studio, you can view the full changes here, and the chandelier chalk paint changes here.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you give this project a try!



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