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How to Apply Faux Marble Self Adhesive Vinyl Contact Paper to a Countertop

In this simple tutorial with a video you will learn how to apply self adhesive marble contact paper to a table top to make it look like real marble!

We all know that Marble and solid stone countertops are highly sought after right? Even a table top looks much more expensive with a little marble. Let me show you how to achieve the marble (or solid stone) look without spending a fortune by applying self adhesive vinyl contact paper.

I’m no stranger to creating my own faux marble countertop with adhesive vinyl. You won’t believe how changing the color and appearance of this vanity changed the look of the bathroom.

I decided to use a similar product on an old craft table that had a boring laminate surface. I figured I could transform a brown table top to a beautiful faux marble top with vinyl contact paper.

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Below is a simple tutorial on how to apply the faux marble self adhesive contact paper to this table top.

Let me show you what this table looked like before I applied the faux marble.

craft table
Yield: marble countertop DIY

How to Apply Faux Marble Self Adhesive Vinyl Contact Paper to a Countertop

how to add faux marble to a countertop

In this simple tutorial you will learn how to apply faux marble self adhesive contact paper to a countertop to make it look like real marble!

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost 10-50 dollars


  • Scissors
  • Plastic putty knife, credit card or tool used to smooth adhesive paper
  • Self adhesive marble contact paper
  • X-acto knife


  • Straight edge or Ruler


  1. Peel back one side of the self adhesive contact paper (only peel back a few inches at a time)
  2. Starting at one side of the table or countertop, apply the paper evenly with plenty of overhang so that it's hanging over the sides
  3. Use the putty knife or smoothing tool and apply pressure in the middle of the paper working your way out to the edges smoothing any bubbles or imperfections out of the paperapplying faux marble contact paper
  4. Continue to peel back the self adhesive paper backing as you smooth with the putty knife or smoothing tool
  5. Work slowly by removing the backing and smoothing the contact paper from one side of the table or countertop to the other
  6. Once the surface is fully covered in contact paper, use your scissors to remove the excess cutting excess off of faux marble contact paper
  7. Next cut the contact paper at a 45 degree angle at each corner of the surface
  8. Roll the paper down on each side by starting in the middle and working your way to the edges with the smoothing tool
  9. On each edge, fold the contact paper over like you would wrap a present. The corners can also be cut so there is no hangover. the edge of a faux marble contact paper on table
  10. You can choose to roll the excess contact paper under the existing surface (if it's a table top) or use scissors or an x-acto knife to score the excess
  11. Lastly, smooth over the surface one more time with your smoothing tool to make sure the contact paper has properly adhered to the surface and there are no air bubbles how to add faux marble to a countertop


This can be a one person job, but it's easier if you have a helping hand.

I hope that was easy and straightforward. I love how this table turned out.

faux marble countertop with self adhesive vinyl contact paper
how to apply marble contact paper

What do you think? Think of the surfaces you can transform with this! The possibilities are endless friends.


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  1. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Jamie says:

    Awesome idea!! Thank you for sharing. ❤️

  3. Great to know! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I gave my marbled green (ugly) kitchen counters a makeover this way almost 2 years ago. I chose butcher block and it’s held up so well.

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