Marble is one of those classic materials that happens to be quite trendy right now. Which seems strange to say a classic décor item is trendy, but there it is. One dilemma with incorporating marble into one’s décor might be the cost – marble, luxe as it is, is not inexpensive.
But there are definitely ways you can integrate marble pieces that add sophistication and elegance to your space without breaking the bank. This DIY marble serving tray is just such a way. And, bonus, it’s a straightforward and simple DIY that you can quickly complete…and enjoy for a long time afterward.
DIY Project: Decorative Marble Tray
DIY Level: Beginner
- One (1) marble tile of your choice (example shows 12” x 12” tile)
- Two (2) cabinet pulls of your choice
- Four (4) vinyl bumpers, 1/2″ or larger recommended
- Loctite GO2 Gel (or other adhesive appropriate for use with stone and metal)
- Spray paint (optional, for pulls)
- Measuring tape (optional, not shown)
Step 1: Spray paint hardware (optional).
If your hardware isn’t the color you want, start things off by spray painting them the color that will work for you. I used a subtle gold spray paint + primer by Krylon, but you could use anything. Let these dry completely.
Step 2: Place vinyl bumpers.
Carefully flip your marble tile over and place your four vinyl bumpers on the tile’s underside corners.
Push the bumpers securely to make sure they adhere.
We’re halfway done already, can you believe it?
Step 3: Glue handles onto tray.
When your hardware is completely dry (if you’ve painted it), you’re ready to attach them to your marble tile. Grab a measuring tape and have it handy. Then put a small yet adequate dab of Loctite GO2 Gel onto both attachment ends of one handle – the goal is to apply enough that it will cover the small round hardware end but not squeeze out all over the place when pressed down.
Using the measuring tape as a guide, center the handle over the tile…
…and carefully set it down, then press. Make sure your handle is centered and also parallel to the edge of your tile.
If any adhesive squeezed out, use a slightly damp paper towel to carefully wipe it away. Your handle will slide around if you touch it at this point, so take care not to move the handle itself.
After wiping around the attached hardware section, I think it looks much cleaner. Repeat Step 3 for the other handle.
Step 4: Let dry.
You’ll want to set your tray in a safe place where it won’t be disturbed until it’s completely dry and set, about 24 hours. Don’t touch…but you can definitely admire!
Step 5: Enjoy your chic new tray!
While the adhesive is strong when it’s dry, it’s risky to try to pick up your marble tray with the handles alone. So don’t do it! Always pick up and carry the tray by the marble tile itself.
We hope you enjoy the spot of sophistication this DIY marble tray lends to your space, wherever it may be. For being such an easy project, the end result is a gorgeous detail.
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