This Marble DIY Dorm Room Transformation Will Blow Your Mind

Looking at this marble desk, you’d probably think, "That's got to cost $500, maybe $1,000? Whatever it is, I can't afford it." I feel that because I thought the exact same thing. Honestly, I sometimes try to avoid looking at dream apartments and dorms because I know that I could never afford a marble desk. But do I have news for you. This "marble" desk is the sum total of a plain wooden desk your dorm comes with plus a whopping $8.48. How, you ask? Marble contact paper, my friends. That's right. This Boston University student went to Lowe's, grabbed some contact paper, and went wild in her dorm room—her desk, her drawers, the coffee table, even a lovely cocktail setup. 

Have you ever seen anything so chic in a dorm room? Now, I know you are probably a small bit blown away and wondering how you can bring this incredible hack to life in your space. Enter Geneve,  the marble-loving student who was inspired when one of her best friends. “Before freshman year started, a good friend of mine already started school at Baylor and she did this to her dresser and I told her, 'I'm stealing this idea,” she tells Her Campus. After that, Geneve hit up Lowe's.

I repeat: This dorm room transformation cost under $10 from Lowe's. If that's not the best deal on the planet, I'm really not sure what is (find it here). Here's a tour of Geneve's room so you can get the full effect: 

Since I am no contact paper expert, I asked for her best tips to create such a perfect and seemingly simple application. Geneve says, “[it takes] lots and lots of patience! Folding over the edge helps. And mini scissors.” Get ready for this major life hack: “If you get massive bubbles, a thumbtack can actually poke a microscopic hole that you can squeeze all the air out of.” Genius. 

Well, I am extremely impressed and currently pulling out my wallet so I can Amazon Prime this to my door in the next 15 minutes — yes, it's on Amazon too. 

All photos courtesy to Geneve Lau. 

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