A bit of shelving goes a long way when decorating and organizing a room. New shelves automatically add usable space and open an opportunity to put your favorite keepsakes on display. Some home designs go as far as relying on open shelves for kitchen storage, getting rid of upper kitchen cabinets altogether. No matter what room you’re decorating or organizing, a DIY faux marble shelf is a stylish and sophisticated option.
This is not your average DIY floating shelf project. This shelf looks like real marble, giving it that unique and high-end look. Learn how to make your own with just a few supplies for a total of $20.
This DIY project will take you about an hour or so, depending on how quickly your paint dries. With just a small investment of time and $20, you’ll have a beautiful shelf to decorate your home! You’ll love knowing you made this shelf on your own instead of buying it and you can customize it to your home decor. Let’s get started!
Step #1: Shop.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wood board (*See notes below!)
- Metal brackets (the one we used are EKBY LERBERG from IKEA)
- White and metallic spray paint
- Mounting hardware
- Marble self-adhesive decorative film
- Tacky glue
- Measuring tape
- Brush for glue
- Optional: Vinyl scraping tool
*When you’re picking out your wood board, you’ll want to make sure it’s the right size. You can cut the size down, but first you need to make sure your board is at least as wide as your wall space and as deep as your bracket depth.
Step #2: Measure.
If you determined in step #1 that your board will need to be cut down to size, now is the time. You want your board to hang over the edges of your brackets by about an inch and a half to two inches. Your limitation will be the wall space you have to work with. Cut the board, if needed.
Step #3: Paint.
Once your board is cut to size, use spray paint to cover your board. Spray in a well ventilated area and be sure to cover your surface with a drop cloth first. Spray the front and sides. After your first coat, you can do a second coat to fill in any missed places before the board is fully dry. Allow that to dry completely.
While the first side is drying, you can spray your brackets. Make sure to get into all of the edges and corners. Once the board and brackets dry, flip them over and spray the other sides. Allow all pieces to dry completely.
Step #4: Stick.
Now it’s time to mount your adhesive to the board! First measure and cut the adhesive to around the size of your board. You’ll trim the edges off later.
Add a light layer of tacky glue to your board and brush on the glue. Peel the adhesive and stick it onto your board. Be sure that the adhesive completely covers the TOP of your board. For now, smooth out the adhesive just on the top.
One side of the board will be facing the wall. This is the side that can have some adhesive hanging over. It’s ok if this side is a bit ugly. On the front side though, make sure to get as close to the edge as possible. First, crease the edge of the adhesive so you have a nice clean line to work with. Then you can use your scissors along the edge of the board to trim the adhesive. Use your hands to smooth out and large bubbles to get the adhesive to be fixed onto the board. You can also use a vinyl scraper if you have one or credit card edge to smooth out smaller bubbles.
Step #5: Mount.
Once your board is ready to go, mount your brackets onto the wall. Be sure to check if everything is level before you drill into the wall. I highly recommend using wall anchors with your screws!
Once your brackets are in place, place your board on top. You don’t need to screw your board into the brackets but you can to make it more secure.
Step #6: Decorate!
Now you can decorate your board! Add some of your favorite things to display, or try one of these six interior design secrets for decorating a bookshelf.
A few items to showcase on your new shelf:
This type of DIY shelf is perfect for any room in your house. It’s a fun way to display a few odds and ends that might usually have to be on a bookshelf and beautifully maximizes your wall space. It’s also an excellent way to reduce clutter in your house and break up your home visually into different areas.
Shelves are so versatile because they double as storage AND decor. They are functional, yet fashionable. If you’re working with a small space, floating shelves like these are a great way to extend your usable space.
No matter what you store on your new shelf (or shelves!), this DIY faux marble shelf project will definitely stand out in your home. Let us know in the comments below how you would style this shelf or how it would help you organize in your home!