DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace Update

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

Welcome to the August Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. This month I chose to recreate a DIY Faux Marble Fireplace by updating our slate fireplace with faux marble contact paper. Keep reading & make sure you check out some of the other projects linked at the bottom of this post. I challenge you to DO one of the pins you’ve pinned lately! Make Pinterest count. #pinterestchallenge

A few months ago I started searching “marble contact paper” on Pinterest for ideas of how to use it. It is all the rage right now in the DIY decorating world. Decorators are putting it on everything from cabinet faces to lining pantry shelves to nightstand drawer accents. It has popped up everywhere and I wanted on this bandwagon NOW!

We have a gas fireplace, that we never use, might I add. It has a black slate hearth and border with white craftsman-ish trim. I ordered this Marble Contact Paper and plastic scraper from Amazon {affiliate link, don’t worry you won’t be charged extra} to install the faux marble. The contact paper is very shiny and thick. I was expecting it to be like shelf liner, but it is much thicker like Silhouette vinyl and durable. As for the scraper, I use them for everything- cleaning pans, scraping kid food off floor, and in this project {DIY Table Makeover with General Finishes Paint} I used the scraper to prep our kitchen table for painting.

Here is the before photo:

It was a pretty simple update. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Measure the slate fireplace surround. Measure the width across the top and the length of each of the slate pieces.
  2. Cut contact paper to size leaving a 1/4″ to 1/2″ extra buffer.
  3. Apply top contact paper first. Start in one corner and work your way across the top piece. Use the scraper to push the paper against the trim. (There is a small gap between our trim and slate, so I pushed the contact paper into the gap and tucked it under the trim).
  4. Smooth out any bubbles with your hand and press firmly to adhere the faux marble contact paper.
  5. With a razor blade or X-acto knife, trim the excess contact paper. Start by trimming the top right over the existing lines of the slate. Trim out the corners.
  6. Lastly, stick the blade into the very top of the vertical piece and carefully drag the blade down the entire length of the fireplace, resting the side of the blade on the existing slate as a guide. This creates a precise line, but does not leave any paper over or underlapping. (This seems wordy- better description: As if you are cutting wrapping paper, stick in the scissors and just slide them to the top instead of chomping with them. In this case, work from top to bottom).
  7. After cutting to size and applying all three pieces of contact paper, give the whole thing another good press to seal and tuck in any last corners and cut any excess off the bottom.

IN PROGRESS CLOSE UP

DIY Marble Contact Paper Fireplace Update from StampinFool.com

AFTER

DIY Marble Contact Paper Fireplace Update from StampinFool.com

What do you think of this DIY version of a Faux Marble Fireplace update? It turned out great. It brightens the room up and will look even better after I paint the surrounding wall bright white.

It has been installed for a little over a month now and has handled little kid beatings like a champ. The baby likes to rub her little fingers over the seams and she has yet to pull it off so it’s a win in my book.

Below I will link the supplies again and the other Blogs to check out for inspiration for your next project.

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Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Alexandra – Eye Love Knots
Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey • Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Kristie – Teadoodles
Beverly – Across the Boulevard • Katrin – Kreativ K
Debra – Shoppe No. 5
Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Emily – Domestic Deadline • April – Stampin Fool
Chelsea – Making Manzanita • 
Julie – Sum of their Stories • T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet
Michelle – Our Crafty Mom • Lisa – Blogghetti
Marie – The Inspiration Vault • Kelley – Simply Inspired Meals
Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz • Shirley – Intelligent Domestications
Habiba – Craftify My Love • Marci – Stone Cottage Adventures
Kenyatta – My Design Rules • Kelli – The Olympic Nest
Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Terri – Our Good Life
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen


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Stampin’ Up! Party Wishes: Handmade Birthday Cards

Hello, hello.  Firstly, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!  But for me, today is birth-day.  As in Birthday Card making day.  I have 3 awesomely adorable card for you, complete with directions and a supply list.  And even better, the three cards all use the same supplies, so you won’t have to buy the whole kitchen sink to make a set of beautiful birthday cards.

You can check out the tutorials for the other two cards here- Mint colored polaroid inspired balloon birthday card (the far left in the photo below) & the Pink, Yellow & Gold Fringe Cake Card.  And today I will give you the details for the Blue Cupcake Birthday Card (right hand back).

Quick and Easy Birthday Card Set from StampinFool.com using Party Wishes and It's My Party DSP

Day 3:  While this card is really easy to make- quick cutting and stamping, the card is mounted on an Island Indigo base and the light blue Soft sky portion is the part that actually opens.  It gives it a little extra flair. Plus, those cupcake punches are too sweet. Let’s get crafting.

It's My Party and Party Wishes birthday balloon card from StampinFool.com

Instructions:

  1. Cut Island Indigo card stock base to 4 1/4″x 5 1/2″.
  2. Cut Soft Sky card stock to 5 1/4″ x 8″.  Score at 4″ and fold. Adhere to Island Indigo card base.
  3. Cut It’s My Party Designer Series Paper to 3 3/4″ x 4″ and adhere to card front towards the bottom, leaving a 1/4″ border.  Cut White Card stock to 3 3/4″ x 2″.  Layer over DSP towards the top of the card.
  4. Stamp Happy Birthday and Candles and Crushed Curry ink on White card stock.
  5. Cut one strip of 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ Melon Mambo Card stock (leftover from previous mambo card) and adhere across the seam of the Party patterned paper and white card stock.
  6. Stamp 3 cupcakes in Mint Macaron ink on a scrap piece of White card stock.  Punch out with birthday trio cupcake punch.
  7. Adhere cupcakes with a dimensional on the back of each cupcake.
  8. Cut a piece of 15″ Melon Twine and tie around card.
  9. Stamp a greeting in the inside of the card with Crushed Curry ink.

Here’s the supply list:

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards

Two days ago I shared a snapshot of a fun Birthday Card set as well as the directions for this adorable Mint colored polaroid inspired balloon birthday card (the far left in the photo below).  As promised, I will be giving directions for all three cards in the set so that you can recreate them with ease.

Here’s the birthday card set I am showcasing this week.  I’ll give instructions for a new card each day.

Quick and Easy Birthday Card Set from StampinFool.com using Party Wishes and It's My Party DSP

Day 2:  I am excited to show you today’s Melon Mambo (bright pink) card.  It has sweet little details, like fringe, that will just make you squeal. You know the person receiving this card will just love it.  It’s the perfect card to hand deliver so that you can enjoy the look on the recipients face when they see the bright cheer that comes along with this baby and you feel joy from making such a special handmade gift.

It's My Party and Party Wishes birthday balloon card from StampinFool.com

Instructions:

  1. Cut Melon Mambo to 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Score and fold at 4 1/2″.  The front will be the shorter side.
  2. Using the paper trimmer, cut 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ of Crushed Curry Cotton Filter Paper from the Cherry on Top set.  Use the fringe scissors to cut the edge. Adhere the fringe to the bottom of the card with liquid glue, lining it up with the bottom of the card base so that it is just slightly smaller than the back.
  3. Cut one piece of Whisper White card stock to 5 1/4″ x 3 1/2″.  Use corner Trio Punch to decorate the top two corners. Adhere the White piece to the Melon background.
  4. Stamp the cake in Mint Macaron in the center, just above the bottom.
  5. Stamp the Happy Birthday in Melon Mambo over the cake.  Stamp cupcakes in Crushed Curry around the Birthday greeting.
  6. Staple (on both ends)  a 6″ piece of Gold Glitter ribbon to the front of the card.
  7. Pull a few sequins off of the gold Sequin Trim & adhere them to the card with the fine tip glue pen.
  8. Stamp a greeting in the inside of the card with Melon Mambo ink.

What do you think?  I know the person you make this card for will feel special!

Here’s the supply list:

Quick and Easy Birthday Card Set

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I am horrible about birthdays.  Like forget them until the day after and the card hasn’t gone out and it’s already next year.  Yep, that’s me.  I try, I really do, but I just cannot manage to get the cards out the same month, much less before the birthday. So, my goal this year is to have a stash of pre-handmade cards to have ready to mail out, before the birthdays come and go.

Here’s what I am going to do:

  1. Make the cards.
  2. Have postage already on the envelopes.
  3. Check Facebook at the beginnig of the month to see who’s birthday is coming up. (Did you know you could do this?   It is a HUGE helpful reminder). Here’s how:  Log into Facebook >
    Go to Events > Calendar > hover over the photos on each day and write down the upcoming birthdays you need to send out cards for.

Here’s the birthday card set I will be showing off this week.  I’ll give instructions for a new card each day.

Quick and Easy Birthday Card Set from StampinFool.com using Party Wishes and It's My Party DSP

Here’s your first card: Mint Macaron with Melon Mambo pink accents.  I love the little square of birthday paper on the front. It reminds me of a polaroid photo frame with balloons in it.

Instructions:

  1. Cut Mint Macaron to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Score and fold at 4 1/2″.
  2. Stamp balloon and strings in Mint Macaron.
  3. Cut It’s My Party DSP to 3″ x 3″. Cut Melon Mambo card stock to 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. Adhere balloons to Melon Mambo.
  4. Stamp “Little something for you” in Momento Black.
  5. Tie Bakers Twine around Melon Mambo.
  6. Adhere to card from with dimensionals.
  7. Stamp Greeting on the inside of card.

Here’s the supply list:

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