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DIY Faux Marble Table Lamp Makeover with Contact Paper

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Learn how to transform a thrifted lamp into a stunning designer-style knock-off! This faux marble table lamp makeover is easy to do and gives you the designer style for a fraction of the cost!

Table lamps are one of my favorite thrift store makeovers because new ones are pretty expensive and the old ones can usually be transformed into something fabulous for not much money.

I’ve teamed up with my blogging buddies for another month of our #diyprojectchallenge, and this month’s theme is “knock-off” projects. I chose to make a fancy marble table lamp knock-off!

Be sure to check out all of their awesome projects at the bottom of this post!

I’ve always wanted a marble lamp like the ones they sell at West Elm and I love that theirs had the gold accents…

But it’s almost $250, and I my budget just doesn’t allow for that.

SO, when I was at the local Habitat for Humanity recently and spotted an old brass lamp for just $10, I knew I could make my very own knock-off version with faux marble contact paper for less than $20!

Here’s how it looked before I gave it its fancy lamp makeover:

I hope my little tutorial for giving an old table lamp a fancy makeover inspires you to give a thrifted lamp makeover a shot!

DIY Faux Marble Table Lamp Makeover

For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.

Materials Needed:

Tools Needed:

How to Give a Lamp a Makeover with Contact Paper:

The first step in this process is obviously going shopping for a used lamp.

Check all your local thrift stores, as well as the local Facebook garage sales and Marketplace. Old brass lamps aren’t really in style anymore, so it should be easy to find one for your brass lamp makeover.

STEP 1: Clean the Lamp

Once you have your thrifted lamp, give it a nice wipe down with a wet paper towel.

Make sure it’s completely dust-free and dry before you start applying the contact paper.

STEP 2: Cut your Contact Paper

Next, use a measuring tape to measure the length of contact paper you need to cut in order to cover the space on your lamp that’s going to be marble.

Because my lamp had the nice defined edges between the base, the middle and the top, I simply applied my contact paper in the middle section.

Next, measure, mark and cut your marble contact paper to the length you need.

STEP 3: Apply your Contact Paper

Then fold down one side of the backing by just a few inches. This will allow you to start the application process and remove more backing as you go.

Now, stick that exposed side of your marble contact paper on the side of your lamp and use a credit card or smoothing tool to keep it smooth on the lamp, working out all the air bubbles, as you work your way around.

I obviously used two hands for this entire process but wanted my other hand out of the way so you could see how I was smoothing with the card… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Work your way all the way around the lamp with the contact paper, using multiple pieces with small seams if necessary, until the whole base is covered!

And that’s it! Add a bulb and a shade (mine included a shade in the $10!) and you’re ready to use your new lamp!

Tips for using Contact Paper

While marble contact paper is a simple concept, getting the paper perfectly flat without any air bubbles or mismatched edges is tough!

I thought it would be helpful if I walked you through how I cleaned up these issues on my lamp makeover.

Removing Air Bubbles

Air bubbles are really hard to avoid when applying contact paper – so let’s talk about how to get rid of them!

Here’s an example of one that was on my lamp after I finished:

To get rid of air bubbles that are right in the middle of your flat surface, use scissors or an exacto-knife to cut a tiny hole in the paper right over the top of the bubble.

Then use your finger to rub the air out of that tiny hole.

You should end up with something much less noticeable!

Especially with this marble contact paper, if the bubble is over one of the grey sections you can put the hole over the grey and it won’t even show!

Lining up Edges

One of my favorite things about contact paper is your ability to clean up the edges.

I had one edge that was a little too long and wrapped onto my base:

To clean up the edge, simply use an exacto-knife to cut the extra away along the seam and throw it away!

Easy-peasy, right?

Of course, like any low-cost, DIY knock-off, this lamp has some imperfections. But I do think it looks rather lovely, don’t you?

And for less than 10% of the cost of the one from the designer store – yes, please! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As promised, here are your printable instructions:

Yield: 1 Lamp

DIY Marble Contact Paper Lamp Makeover

Marble and brass table lamp with a large white shade sitting on a grey table with a plant and candle next to it.

Turn a thrift store lamp into a stylish designer-style knock off with marble contact paper!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $20



  1. Clean your lamp really well with a wet paper towel and make sure it's completely dust free.
  2. Measure the size of the space you're covering with contact paper and cut your contact paper to fit.
  3. Pull back 1" of the backing on your contact paper and apply it to your lamp then gradually pull more backing off as you smooth the paper onto the lamp using a credit card or smoothing tool.
  4. Be sure to rub out bubbles and creases as you go.
  5. Trim off any excess paper with a razor blade.

Don’t forget to check out these other fun DIY knock-offs from my friends too:

Never Skip Brunch – DIY Hanging Planter (Anthropologie Knock-off)

The DIY Nuts – DIY Marbled Pots

Mama Dares to DIY – DIY Floating Shelves (Pottery Barn Knock-off)

Kippi at Home – DIY Garden Screen Trellis

Life’s AHmazing! – DIY Wall Clock (West Elm Knock-off)

Southern Yankee DIY – DIY Floral Napkin Rings (Pottery Barn Knock-off)

Our Happily Ever Home – DIY Wooden Candlesticks (Wayfair Knock-off)

As always, let me know if you have any questions when you go to make your own faux marble table lamp!



4 thoughts on “DIY Faux Marble Table Lamp Makeover with Contact Paper”

  1. I can’t believe this is contact paper! I may need to come up with a project to use some! We were both on the same page thinking about how to create a faux marble look!

  2. I’m in love with the way this lamp turned out – I dare say it look even better than the one on West Elm!

    I love the idea of contact paper, it’s such an affordable way to really change up an item.

  3. Love how it turned out Rachel! Marble contact paper for the win. It’s so handy and makes such a difference. I love using it as well.

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