21 February 2016

DIY Marble Dressing Table

Pinterest is my favourite place to find interior inspiration and it's given me so many ideas for when I eventually buy a house. I'm currently living at home with my parents so i've been making a few changes to modernise my bedroom and make it a nicer place to spend my time. I love the look of marble tables so I thought i'd share a little DIY project I finished this weekend - i'm so happy with how it turned out!

DIY marble table

I've had my dressing table for around 15 years and it's survived art homework, lots of nail polish spills and being moved around a lot. I don't think the photo below really shows how bad it was but it used to annoy me every time I sat at it - I use it as a desk a lot of the time and all I could see were the scratches and marks! I've been thinking about buying a new one but it seemed like a waste of money as the one I have is the perfect size for my room and isn't falling apart.

Marble table before

There are so many posts on Pinterest with Ikea hacks which inspired me to give my old dressing table a makeover. Kelly also shared her dining table transformation recently which made me realise how easy it is to completely change the look of a table so I knew it was something I had to try!

I went to B&Q and bought some marble sticky back plastic for £6 - you can get it slightly cheaper on eBay but it's not as wide so this is something to bear in mind depending on the size of your table. There were lots of different patterns including a darker marble and a wood effect; the advantage of using sticky back plastic is that you can peel it off if you don't like it or want to give it a style refresh in a few years.

Marble table contact paper

It wasn't as difficult as I thought to stick it down - the trick is to do it in stages, peeling a bit off at a time and smoothing it down to avoid any bubbles. I found that I did get a few small ones but they're barely noticeable because of the marble effect design. The edges were a bit fiddly but a little bit of trimming in places helps to keep them neat and tidy. I love that there's no drying time or mess and finishing the whole thing only took me about half an hour! I also covered the wood under the bottom drawer but forgot to take a photo after which is why it's missing!

DIY marble table

I'm so happy with how it's turned out and i've got so many complements - my brother thought i'd bought a new table! It's also made my bedroom a lot brighter and saved me so much money which has made me realise how easy it is to transform furniture in an inexpensive way. I'll definitely think twice about buying anything new as it would be so easy to buy a really cheap second hand table and completely change the way it looks. Now all i've got to do is cover the matching bed side table and think about whether I should paint the drawer handles?


  1. This looks so good, I love the marble effect and you really can't tell it's only sticky back. Such a great way to update without spending loads of money- I've just bought my first house and i will definitely be using this trick :)


  2. You're right, the before picture does not look that bad. ;) But anyway after years we get bored of our old furniture so transformation is a blessing.
    Love the end result! :) It does look like a different piece of furniture and also you did a really good job! :)

  3. Wow, that's amazing!! It looks like a completely different piece of furniture! x

    Christina Marie - xtinagsays.blogspot.co.uk

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous! Such a great way to update your room while using what you already have. Totally jealous of how great this looks - whenever I try anything from Pinterest it turns into a classic "Pinterest fail"

    xx, Caitlin

  5. I am totally digging this crafty do it yourself project. It revamped the whole look of the table. :]

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  6. Wow that's cool! Never seen that kind of paper before. Definitely considering for my desk. So bored of the plain wood.

  7. this look amazing, I love the way that you have up styled this. Great post x

    Danielle - Miss Sunshine & Sparkle

  8. This has turned out beautifully! I've used some marble sticky back plastic to create my blog background, but it actually never occurred to me that it could be used to completely transform a piece of furniture. Completely obsessed with the final look of this, so now I'm eyeing up the furniture in my bedroom wondering what I can transform haha :)

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk xx

  9. I adore this DIY. It's so handy when you need a marble background for blog photos #priorities right? xx adaatude.com

  10. This is such a great diy! I've had the same white marble sticker and I'm using it for blog photos. It never crossed my mind to just stick it on my table. Great idea!

    Angelie // Tagaytay Roadtrip 2016: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

  11. Wow... this is SO good! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea! :)

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  12. I love what you've done with this, well done it looks amazing! x
    Sweet Dreams

  13. Wow, you have done really good job with the marble effect!It looks so real!

  14. wow! I would never have thought to do that! Good job :)


  15. That's a brilliant idea! I will definitely trying that out.
    Nicole x

  16. Great DIY! I'd love a marble effect desk in my room, so I'll definitely need to try this x