DIY Marble Gold Trim Serving Tray

Happy 2016! I can't believe I haven't shared anything in almost two months! With the holidays, Etsy orders, and work, things just got really busy, and I just didn't have time to share any of my DIYs! But - it's a new year, and I have a lot of resolutions. I made a 2016 "bucket list" that I want to complete. I also want to be more decisive. And, I just want to do more of what makes me happy and healthy - really lean into the people, activities, and things that give me joy and keep me going.

And that means, more DIYs, more art, more adventures...starting with this marble gold tray!

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I had been seeing lots of projects on Pinterest with marble print contact paper, and I knew I'd have a lot of fun with it. The paper looks pretty tacky and fake when it's all rolled up, but I fooled quite a few people thinking it was real marble! I had been wanting to revamp an old water-damaged tray I had laying around, and ended up with this gold trimmed, marble lined serving tray was perfect for holiday entertaining!

You could also put it on top of a side table or cart to make a stylish bar cart!

Cost: $15-25, depending on if you already have a tray
Time: 15 minutes, plus 10+ minutes waiting for paint to dry

Things you will need:
- Tray (Wooden, acrylic, plastic all should work fine!)
- Gold spray paint (I used Rustoleum Metallic Spray)
- Marble contact paper (I used this)
- Newspaper or cardboard to protect working space from spray paint
- Scissors
- Ruler
- Spatula (optional, but recommended)
- Knife (optional, but recommended)

 

Instructions:

1) Clean your tray and make sure it's free of dust and grime. In a well-ventilated and newspaper-covered area, spray paint the edges and handles with gold spray paint. Let dry.

2) Measure the surface of your tray that you want to cover with marble, and cut the contact paper to the right size. You can also use scrap paper to trace the outline of the shape, cut out a template, and then use that to cut your contact paper. Tip: it's better to err on the side of too big, as you can always trim the edges.

3) Unpeel a narrow portion of the backing on the shorter edge, and align with the tray. Press the adhesive down onto the tray as you continue to smooth the contact paper to prevent bubbles. If you mess up, you can peel it off and try again, but it's best not to do this too often, as it can stretch and mess up the contact paper. Tip: the spatula edge is good for applying firm and even pressure!

4) To clean up any edges, use your knife along the corners to ensure a straight edge, and peel off any excess contact paper. Voila!

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There are two amazing things about the marble contact paper: first, it's super easy to clean, and second, if you ever get sick of it, you can remove it easily by peeling it off!

I also went a little crazy and covered the damaged surface of a side table. I've seen people cover their computers and phones too - you can do anything with this stuff!

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