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DIY Marble & Gold Vanity Tray

Happy February! So, y’all already know how much I love marble and gold (it’s a lot & pretty obvious), and after completing two shelves in my DIY Ikea Hyllis Hack, I wanted to make something else that would go along with the same look/style with my leftover marble adhesive. Then, I thought why not a vanity tray? In total, the whole thing takes less than an hour, is super easy to customize depending on what shape/knobs you use, and is way way less than what would be spent on the real deal = triple bonus!

To get started, you’ll need:

Wooden Plaque 

Crystal Knobs for the Feet

Gold Pulls

Marble Adhesive

Krazy Glue

Putty Knife Set (optional, but very helpful)

Step 1: Before peeling your sticker off, take your marble adhesive sticker and lay it over your wooden plaque piece to determine about how much you’ll need, and cut. The less excess you have, the easier the sticker is to work with and maneuver.

Step 2: Lay your sticker on the center of the plaque, and taking your putty knife, flatten out all of the air bubbles. Then using your putty knife again, on one side, begin adhering the sticker to the edges.

Step 3: Once you have one edge complete, it’s corner time! Based on the shape of the wooden piece I chose, this was the most “complicated” (I say that loosely) part of the whole project. To make it easier and to minimize air bubbles, use scissors to cut little slits at the center point and two side points of the corner. Then fold these pieces down and smooth them with your putty knife.

Step 4: Repeat those same set of steps on each edge and corner until the top of the piece is completely covered. Use your putty knife to smooth any bubbles that may have appeared.

Step 5: Flip your piece over and use your Krazy glue to apply the crystal knobs which will serve as the feet of the vanity tray. This glue dries super super quickly, so make sure you know exactly where you want your bases to be.  I love these crystals, because of their flat face, so the tray won’t rock back and forth.

Step 6: Once all of your knobs have dried, flip the piece back over! It’s time to add your final touch of gold hardware 🙂


Step 7: Line up your gold hardware and apply the Krazy Glue to the bottom of each pull, (not to the vanity tray directly), and set each piece where you want them on the tray.

TAH-DAH you’re done!

Now, to decide where in the house you want to use it. It’s seriously the perfect size for a little perfume display, or even as a sweet vanity tray in the bath for cotton balls and soap. Here is what I have set up on mine currently:


Supplies For This Project:


Featured Perfumes:

If you complete this project, tag me, I would love to see how you customize your marble tray!



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Gold and Marble Ikea Hyllis Hack

Ikea Hyllis Hack

Hey everyone and welcome back! I am over the moon about how this hack turned out, and I can’t wait to share with y’all how easy (AND CHEAP)  it is to do!

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I was inspired by the Hyllis hack originally shared here, and had it saved forever on Pinterest waiting to be used. However, for my office, I wanted something a little more glam. I love love love marble and gold combinations, so I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this but a lightbulb finally switched on in my head. I made two of these shelves so if you are just making one, cut these supplies in half.

Here are the supplies you will need for two shelves (click on the item name for its direct link):

Ikea Hyllis Shelf

Gold Spray Paint x 4

Marble Adhesive Sticker x3

Putty Knife

Pine Wood (from a 12x12x1 board) cut into 6 shelves measuring: 23 9/16″ x  10 5/8″ (If you don’t have a saw, no worries, you can have these cut at Lowes)

Pine Wood  (from a 12x8x1 board) cut into 2 shelves measuring: 23 10/16″ x 10 13/16″ [These are for each unit’s top shelf]




Let’s get started!

Step 1: Assemble the Hyllis Unit, and in a well-ventilated area – preferably outside – begin spray painting. (I tested out both options, of spray painting before assembly, and after, but due to painting the screws, it’s just easier to already have it assembled and ready to go).
Keep the strokes as smooth and even as possible to prevent dripping. Allow the first layer to set before continuing. This spray paint’s coverage is awesome, so you really won’t have to wait hours upon hours before finishing this part. Make sure to paint the ENTIRE unit, even underneath the shelves, otherwise you’ll see the galvanized metal show through.

Step 2: While the unit is drying, we can move on to creating the “marble” shelves that will be added to it. Once your wood shelves are cut to the measurements included in the supplies list, Lowes is awesome y’all forreal, it’s time to get your marble adhesive sticker and putty knife out. This is also surprisingly easy to work with and adjust. I was super nervous that it would be all over the place sticking to itself and that this whole project would be a bust, but this sticker is stellar. Use your putty knife to smooth out any bumps or air bubbles. You need to cover one side and all the edges.

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Step 3: Once the unit is dry, after you have covered all of your wooden shelves, it’s time to put it all together! Taking your screwdriver, loosen the screws on each end of the bottom three shelves, then take the marble covered wood pieces and set them on the shelves. When they are laying flat against the metal shelves, tighten those screws back. This will secure these to your unit. For the top shelf, take the wood piece and clamp it at each end on the top. Now, drill in three holes evenly spaced across the middle of the shelf  (not all the way through, just enough for screws to fit in and secure it). Using your screw driver, secure those.

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ikea hyllis hack marble gold

ikea hyllis hack marble gold

That’s it! Now here’s the fun part: Staging the unit!

ikea hyllis hack marble gold

ikea hyllis hack marble gold

ikea hyllis hack marble gold

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the best and easiest diy ikea hack

Making one of your own? Tag me so I can see your completed Marble & Gold Hyllis Hack!

Still can’t get enough marble and gold DIY projects? Check out this marble and gold vanity tray DIY:

marble and gold vanity tray

Supplies for this DIY:








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Home Office Sneak Peek

Oh my gosh, we are so excited to finally be in our new home –  it’s unreal. J is over the moon about the land, whereas I am on cloud nine now thanks to my new home office. In some of my previous posts I mention the sunroom in our old condo a lot. It had a great amount of natural light which made it perfect for studying. However, it was completely open to the living room, meaning no noise separation and no ability to “put away” AKA hide my papers/binders/etc. whenever company would arrive. So, when we began looking for potential properties, a space that could be converted into a home office was at the absolute top of my list.

I’ll be sharing more as everything gets unpacked and set up, but here’s a brief sneak peek of my new home office:


Looking forward to sharing more soon!

**UPDATE: For more recent office views & links to featured items check out: Spring 2017 Home Office Tour & January 2017 Office Preview

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