As someone who has moved apartments once a year for the past 10 years, I’d like to assume I have the moving process handled. It’s always exciting to move into a new place, but I’ve learned during each move that I “sacrifice” certain things. Sure if I had my way, I’d love a HUGE walk in closet, standalone bathtub, white marble kitchen, the best appliances, perfect location, and the smallest rent check – but let’s be real, that isn’t easy to find. Unless you’re purchasing your home, you can’t make too many changes once you move in.
Earlier this summer I moved into a new townhome, and I absolutely love it! It has two bedrooms, an office, two and a half baths, two car garage, and prime location. I think it may be my best pick yet! However, one thing I don’t love is the guest bathroom. While there’s nothing wrong with the countertop itself, the dark color makes the bathroom feel small and dark. Also considering I shoot a lot of beauty tutorials in bathrooms, I wanted to make the space more aesthetically pleasing for guests, as well as my Instagram feed ;)
I’ve been intrigued with marble contact paper for quite some time, but this was my first time actually using it – and I have to say, it is awesome! I ordered this $20 marble contact paper off of Amazon for the project, and it was super easy to use. Since my boyfriend, Scott, is a bit more meticulous than I am, I convinced him to take the lead on this project. It took about 30 minutes from start to finish, but I love the way the countertops turned out. The material is thick and durable, so you can clean and treat it the same way as regular counters!
How to apply marble contact paper:
What You Need:
- 1 Roll of marble contact paper
- X-Acto cutting blade
- Credit card or gift card
- Measuring tape
- Bathroom cleaning product
Step 1: Wipe down and clean the countertops to make sure you have a clean and solid surface
Step 2: The easiest way to start the project is to measure a piece of contact paper to fit your counters. The trickiest part of the bathroom counter was the sink, but you can work around that.
Step 3: Peel the back of the marble paper off the first few inches and line the edge of the contact paper to the edge of your sink. Once you apply the paper, use the credit card to smooth out any bubbles for a solid surface. (Avoid removing all of the back paper at once so your excess paper won’t stick to everything and cause a headache!)
Step 4: Continue this process until you’ve covered your countertops.
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While the process is pretty simple, you want to make sure to measure everything and work slowly to make sure the edges line up and you aren’t stuck with bubbles underneath. I absolutely love the way the bathroom turned out, and it’s the most exciting update I’ve made to the home yet!
Have you tried any apartment DIY projects we should try out? If so, let us know in the comments below!