Kitchen island fever has been around for many years now, and I might have it. Some islands are quite large and take up a big percentage of the floor space in some kitchens, and I love them. I have always loved a good kitchen island, and I love a marble topped one even more. My house didn’t have either at first, but I was lucky enough to find a great used kitchen island at the Habitat Restore. I painted it and showed it some love, and it looked great. However, I wanted it to look a little bit better, so I busted out DIY marble top island project that was easy to do.
Before I get started I just had to share this waterfall marble island I saw on Instagram. You need a pretty amazing home to house the island, but wow, it is fun to see how stunning it looks in this amazing kitchen…… Okay, not let’s get back to reality!
I always love resharing a before and after so let’s start with how our kitchen looked when we moved in. As I have said before, it was a good kitchen, but it just wasn’t our tastes.
Kitchen Island Between
I really do love our kitchen,and now it feels like our kitchen. After being in the house for a few months I felt the middle section was too empty and needed some kind of island. Fast forward to a temporary fix of a small kitchen table.
This table, a hand-me-down from my grandmother, did make our kitchen become a true eat-in kitchen at times. When we first brought Little Miss home, we ate here as she made her transition. She cried when I went to the dining room to set the table because I was out of her eyesight so we ate our meals at this table. Meanwhile, I continued to look for an island that was skinny so it would fit into the space properly. There is supposed to be a certain distance between the island and the appliances and counters. One day I just happened to be at the Habitat ReStore at the right time and found a kitchen island that works great!
The size is just perfect, and I slide it around if I need to move it. One side has a drop leaf and opens to make it wider. I use it sometimes for food prep. I painted the bottom navy , but the butcher block top had a burn mark that wouldn’t come out. (That’s probably why it was at the Restore.) I covered it usually with a big bowl of fruit or a tray, and the mark was out of sight.
Here you can see the discoloration on the island top. I thought about sanding it all down, but I opted to try something different – marble contact paper. For under $20 I was able to cover this island to have my own “marble top” island. I got the contact paper on Amazon. I was shocked with how many styles and types there were. We first learned about this contact paper in a decorating class. I did some research and ended up getting two rolls of this one, and I am really happy with the quality and look.
The first thing I did was clean the top to get any dirt and grease off of the kitchen island. I really wanted it to have a clean surface to stick.
I then placed it on top and cut off the excess on the sides. I left about an inch on each side that needed to fold under the top.
I worked a small section at a time and removed the backing and then used a squeegee to smooth it out and get rid of any bubbles. This piece did not cover the whole island so I cut a piece to do the other side of the top. I lined the two pieces up and did the same process working a small section and then using the squeegee. Unless I am standing right by the island and looking, I do not see or notice the line of the two sections meeting. As for the corners, they were a little tricky, but thanks to an exacto knife, I was able to trim them up.
Kitchen Island After
I am thrilled with how this marble contact paper turned out. It really does look like I had a slab of marble cut for the top of this island. Some of our friends who have come over since I have done the project and have asked if it was marble. As far as its durability goes, I don’t cut on the contact paper. A few weeks into this, it is holding up great and wipes down like a charm.
If you don’t have a kitchen island for this project, the marble contact paper would be great for a side table, night stand, or even a coffee table. The possibilities are endless!
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