DIY Faux Marble Contact Paper Countertop

Learn how to update a countertop with faux marble contact paper. Get a durable and high-end look at a fraction of the cost without changing your countertops!

This contact paper countertop before and after will blow you away! It is the perfect budget-friendly solution for any rental bathroom and kitchen.

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If you have been following my rental bath makeover, you know the biggest eyesore in there was the old yellow counter. It was pretty nasty too from years of damage and no amount of elbow grease was making it look better.

And nope, we could not replace it!

This vanity really needs an update! see how I did it for under $100 and it is all removable!

Remember it is a rental and everything is temporary! When we leave, it will need to possibly go back to its former yellow glory.

UPDATE: See what they look like 10 months later

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Materials needed for faux marble countertop update –

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How to apply contact paper on the countertop –

If you need more details on how to cover the edges and around the sink, here is a video I made showing how I covered a kitchen countertop with black marble self-adhesive paper

How to update your countertop with contact paper –

Step 1 – Wipe down and clean the entire countertop with your choice of cleaner and do a final wipe down with rubbing alcohol.

Step 2 – Measure and cut out the length of contact paper you need. If the width is not enough, don’t worry, you can later overlap and cover the remaining area.

Step 3 – Slowly peel the backing little by little with one hand and smooth out the bubbles with the credit card as you go. If there is too much air trapped you can always lift the contact paper back up and smooth it again.

Step 4 – Repeat the process for any other areas that were not covered. Just overlap the contact paper slightly on the edges. You might have to roughly match up the pattern.

Step 5 – Cut around the sink and faucets using the exacto knife.

Faux marble countertop update using contact paper. Great temporary solution for renters

I first tried cutting flaps to cover the edge around the sink but ultimately found it easier to simply cut a long strip separately and attach to the inside edge. You can apply transparent caulking if you like to seal the edges around the sink.

Step 6 – Admire your beautiful “new” countertops.

Contact paper to cover up old ugly bathroom counter

If you need more details on how to cover the edges and around the sink, here is a video I made showing how I covered a kitchen countertop with black marble self-adhesive paper

What do you think of the contact paper countertop?

We have had them for almost a month and since it is in the kid’s bathroom they see a lot of “spills”. I am amazed at how well they are holding up. They have even been wiped down with cleaning sprays and still look like they did the first day. Oh, I wish I had known about this in my past rentals!

See all the ways you can use Contact Paper for decor!

Amazing transformation with Marble Contact Paper!! I can't believe it!

One more time before I go here is a before and after –

UPDATE: See what they look like 10 months later

Have you tried contact paper to cover countertops? They also have contact paper available in granite and a whole bunch of colors! I have seen these used to update kitchen countertops too!

Decorating with all types of contact paper | marble, granite, stainless steel, wood, translucent

Not just countertops, contact paper has so many other uses!! Take a look at everything you need know about how to decorate with contact paper.

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What to do we extra contact paper

If you have leftover marble contact paper, here are a few creative ideas for you –

See 21 more DIY project ideas using marble contact paper here.

Take a look at the other projects I did for this rental bathroom makeover for under $100. The best part is everything is temporary and removable – even this towel shelf and hook!

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She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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  1. You inspired me! I’m a homeowner but my budget doesn’t alllow for a new vanity right now. I gave this a try and it looks 100% better than it did before. I did have some problems around my sink as mine is elevated but figured it out. I also ended up with more seams than I wanted but again, it’s hard to tell unless you know it’s contact paper and are looking for the seams. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Hi Natalie!! That is awesome! I am so glad that it worked out well for you. I would love to see a picture. If you don’t mind, you can email me one at
      Thank you!! Anika

  2. Just wondering how much contact paper you ended up needing for the entire project. How many rolls? Thank you!

    1. Hi Jill, For my project, I used just over 2 rolls. Of course the quantity needed will depend on how large your worksurface is.

  3. M Williams says:

    Hello, I also am in love with the marble contact paper on the kitchen counter.
    I wondered for longer term, is it possible to seal it with “something” for long wear, etc.?

    1. Yes, definitely!
      You can use a transparent caulking on the edges and also a polyurethane coating if you like. But the truth is, it is really very durable by itself.

  4. This looks awesome! I see you used a little over 2 rolls. What dimensions were the rolls? Your countertops look roughly about the same dimensions as mine. (Of course I’ve measured to be sure!) Thx!

    1. Hi Alli, I used the 17.71″ x76″ roll. Now they also have a 26″ deep roll. If it would have been available then, I wouldn’t have a seam on the countertop.

      1. Perfect. Just what I needed to know. Thanks!

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