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Ikea Desk Hack Makeover // Faux Marble Top w/ Contact Paper

DIY IKea Desk Hack - Faux Marble Top with contact paper

I’ve had this desk system from Ikea now for well over five years, and I have to say, for what I use it for, it’s still totally functional and amazing. I love all the shelves and the size of the desk is perfect for my needs. It has held up through a move and still stands tall… I cannot say the same about the top of my desk though, which has various spots of wear and tear that are clearly visible. What’s worse though, is the fact that the white lacquer is peeling up along the edge.

I’ve lived with it for a few years now without much care, but recently I found a full kitchen counter remodel using marble adhesive film and my jaw literally dropped. The idea of recovering an entire kitchen counter with shelving paper would have never crossed my mind, but the project actually came out pretty good and I figured if it was strong enough to handle kitchen use, it would definitely be strong enough to handle my work/office use.

I’m not entirely happy with the one seam, but otherwise, it’s kind of awesome. It’s smooth and cool to the touch and looks pretty great AND my mouse glides perfectly on it. I think the key is using this specific adhesive film because it’s super thick (it’s like plastic) which makes it easy to apply and will stand up through everyday use.

I used two rolls – but not entirely. I have a good amount leftover from each roll, but one roll wasn’t long enough to cover the distance (unless I applied three pieces vertically, creating 2 seams, which I didn’t want). The rolls were under $10 each on amazon, so for just about $18, I’ve gotten a brand new marble desktop, which I have to say, I’m pretty excited about.

Here’s What My Desk Looked Like Before…

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Ikea Desk Hack_before

. . . fine from a distance BUT. . .

. . . up close is a different story… and honestly it looks worse in person than in this photo.

Here’s What You Need…

Ikea desk top makeover DIY


This is pretty self-explanatory and you can follow the instructions on the marble adhesive as well, but below are a few tips that may be useful. ALSO NOTE: the color of the marble may differ from reality in the photos since I shot the steps and did the DIY at night.

Clean your surface completely, making sure there are no dust particles or hairs left behind (they create bubbles and bumps beneath your paper).

DIY faux marble desktop - Ikea desk makeover

Measure your space, decide where you want to apply your adhesive film

DIY faux marble desktop - Ikea desk makeover

I wanted to make sure my paper went down and over the edges so it looked like an entire marble slab was sitting on top. I also made sure the adhesive was long enough on the sides to fold under the edge of the desk so it wouldn’t start peeling up on the edges.

Peel up a few inches of the backing from the end you’re going to begin on, set in place, then peel the rest of the backing off as you lay it down.

It’s best to lay it down with your hands first, smoothing as you go – making sure it’s straight and even – because it’s actually pretty easy to pull back up and reset if you’re just using your hands.

I wanted my marble to look as seamless as possible so instead of starting at the end of the adhesive film, I matched up the marble patterns as well as I could and cut the piece I wanted to use.

I also overlapped the seam about 1/8″ of an inch so dirt wouldn’t get caught and create a more visible line.

Trim or push down areas that need it… and cut away areas that are too long.

I folded the corners in like a present and then used E6000 glue to seal them in place. It’s not my favorite option, but it works and looks pretty good.

And… Voila!

DIY Faux Marble Top with Adhesive Film shelving paper

DIY Faux Marble Top - Home Office - Ikea Desk Hack

DIY Faux Marble Top - Home office desk makeover

I’ve been waiting forever to do a finished home office tour, but it seems as though my office is never finished… but hopefully soon!

Have Fun!

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Maegan Tintari

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

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