One Room Challenge – Week 5 – Marble workspace

It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and I’m almost done!

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But… the final reveal isn’t until November 16th, so I have to space out my remaining few projects to keep you on the edge of your seats.

Okay, okay – it’s not an “edge of your seat” type makeover, but it is pretty dramatic – or pretty and dramatic.

To recap you can see the progress so far:

Week 1 – the before and style board

Week 2 – the cabinets

Week 3 – the paint

Week 4 – AWOL (working on the Instagram Builder’s Challenge)

and today I’m showing a little add-on project that I hadn’t planned on doing.

This is my craft desk:

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Forgive the mess, it’s still a work-in-progress in here.

I made the desk top a couple of years ago with an old tabletop and a faux granite treatment.

Desk makeover, faux marble, marble paper, craft desk, peel and stick, One Room Challenge, ORC Week 5

It turned out beautifully and I love it however…

it’s awfully dark and heavy in a room that I’m trying to make light and bright.

I came across this peel and stick faux marble at Walmart and I couldn’t resist giving it a try.  It sticks, but on an epoxy-coated surface, it can also be removed and at less than $10 per roll it seemed worth the risk.

Desk makeover, faux marble, marble paper, craft desk, peel and stick, One Room Challenge, ORC Week 5

It feels lighter already doesn’t it?

I left a 2.5″ overhang on three sides and then adhered the faux marble about 8″ at a time, smoothing any air bubbles from the centre outwards.

Desk makeover, faux marble, marble paper, craft desk, peel and stick, One Room Challenge, ORC Week 5

Desk makeover, faux marble, marble paper, craft desk, peel and stick, One Room Challenge, ORC Week 5

I wish the roll had been wider, but this was the widest it came in, so I am left with a small seam near the back of the desk.

I did my best to line up the second row of peel & stick faux marble (don’t overlap, it makes the seam more obvious) and stuck it down the same way.

Desk makeover, faux marble, marble paper, craft desk, peel and stick, One Room Challenge, ORC Week 5

Once the top was nice and smooth, I folded down the edges, snipped off the excess and did my best to get any wrinkles out of the corners. (but don’t look too closely)

Desk makeover, faux marble, marble paper, craft desk, peel and stick, One Room Challenge, ORC Week 5

I think it turned out pretty sharp, and certainly much brighter than the black faux granite.

Desk makeover, faux marble, marble paper, craft desk, peel and stick, One Room Challenge, ORC Week 5

Desk makeover, faux marble, marble paper, craft desk, peel and stick, One Room Challenge, ORC Week 5

I’m still on the fence as to whether I’ll epoxy this to give it more shine and durability – the downside would be that it will yellow the faux marble somewhat – but then perhaps that’s more realistic anyways?  It would probably match the base better?

CALLING IN AN AUDIBLE!!  I did epoxy it – and covered it in grasscloth!  PHOTOS COMING SOON!

I’ve also updated my desk accessories and you can check out how I took dollar store items and gave them a gold touch here.

Desk makeover, faux marble, marble paper, craft desk, peel and stick, One Room Challenge, ORC Week 5

I’m still hoping for a carpet miracle.

Still to do:

  • remove all hubby’s “stuff” from the room and re-home to the basement office
  • remove built-in window seat and bookshelf
  • repair walls
  • paint walls
  • paint trim
  • new carpeting
  • refinish cabinetry
  • floating shelf and art over desk
  • gold desk accessories
  • build/buy/repurpose craft desk
  • craft storage and organization
  • accessorize and decorate

If you haven’t already, you MUST click over to see what the other One Room Challenge participants have been up to.  Some of these makeovers are starting from framing, and others have elaborate lighting and decor being added.

(I’m the budget version of the big-wigs)

 

Have a great one!

 

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2018-06-18T13:38:59-04:00November 2nd, 2017|DECOR|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Samantha November 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    The desk top turned out great! I love the faux marble and how well it coordinates with the new wall color. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out :)

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca November 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      The desk was cute with the marble, but you should see it now!! Check out my Week 6 post where I changed the desk top yet again – to a grasscloth and epoxy version. It really is gorgeous!

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