If you've ever wanted marble counters, but didn't want to shell out big bucks to get the look or were afraid of the commitment of new counters, then this is the post for you!! Today, I am showing you how I revamped my kitchen island to get this faux marble countertop look--for under $50--without painting!
It's true. This is not real marble.
I can't believe it either.
If you caught Phase 1 of my Mini Kitchen Makeover, you know that I'm not a huge fan of the yellow-y granite counters in my kitchen. You also know that I painted the kitchen island a peaceful, frenchy blue color. The yellow-y granite and the frenchy blue weren't my favorite combination. It wasn't terrible, but I knew it could be better. As soon as I painted the island, I knew I wanted to update the counter.
Being all about a budget, I wasn't quite ready to shell out big bucks to replace the island countertop. Plus, I wanted to sample the look before committing to replacing the counter.
Enter this amazing peel and stick product! It's a heavy-duty vinyl that you simply peel and stick to existing counters! The rolls come in varying sizes, and the one I ordered for my island was only $39.99 plus shipping.
*This post contains affiliate links, but is not a sponsored post. I just really love the look and affordability of this product, so I wanted to share it with you! See my full disclosure policy here.
You can do this project alone, but I think it's definitely easier as a two-person job. The hardest part about adhering the product to the existing counters is making sure you've got all air bubbles out. To do that, you want one person to pull the product away from the roll in small sections, and help align and smooth the product on the counters.
First, we wiped down the counters and dried them. We wanted to make sure we started with a completely clean and dry surface.
Then, we measured the amount of product we would need, leaving excess on the sides to fold over the counter's edges. We then cut the vinyl to size using an Exacto knife.
Next, we worked in small sections, peeling the backing away from about 6 inches of vinyl and adhering the vinyl to the countertop. We used a smoothing tool/credit card to smooth out any air bubbles toward the edges. If you mess up, you can always pull the product up and start all over.
Then, we just continued to work in small sections, pulling off the backing of the product in about 6-inch sections, sticking it down, and smoothing out any air bubbles.
We used an Exacto knife to cut off any excess and folded it over the counter's edges.
It took us under an hour to do the island, and you could easily do the whole kitchen in a day.
Unfortunately, I didn't get any pics of the install in progress, because the hubs and I were both using both hands to ensure a smooth surface. But, Instant Granite has videos that walk you through the installation process.
I use my normal regular cleaners to wipe down these counters (two of my absolute favorites are here and here). I also have not put hot pots and pans directly on this product for fear of burning a hole in it--but it is designed to be able to withstand the heat. I simply put a cooling rack down on the counter before any hot pots and pans to protect the surface. It's a small price to pay for beautiful "marble" counters on a budget.
I also love the look of this product. It looks exactly like real marble (it will seriously fool everyone), and I only regret that the veining doesn't show up better in these pictures. It really looks so much better in real life!
I kind of really want to do the whole kitchen now.
If you squint really hard, you can kind of see the veining in this pic, below. I'm sorry my pictures don't do this product justice!!
So what do you think? Would you give this product a try?
Here's a crappy cell phone picture of what the island looked life before the faux marble treatment. Not terrible, but I knew we could do better!
If you try it out, I'd love to see your results!!!