MAKE ANY PIECE OF FURNITURE LOOK HIGH END WITH A DIY MARBLE PAINT EFFECT | RESTORE TABLE MAKEOVER
Hi sweet SI family! I’m excited to be sharing this DIY Marble Paint Effect even though this entryway table didn’t turn out as I would have liked. On the upside, sometimes with a ‘project-gone-wrong’, I learn the very most. And I have to admit, I’m still REALLY impressed with this painting technique and finish so I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Today is also one of my favorite days of the month. I’m joining my Trash To Treasure Crew! I’ll be sharing links to their before and after tutorials at the bottom of today’s post.
So here’s the before. I bought this entryway table at the ReStore for $45. It’s not the best price that I’ve ever come across but I really liked the shape.
Here’s the after with the DIY Marble Top. What do you think?
It looks pretty realistic, doesn’t it!? Unfortunately, I can’t sell it though. Stay with me and you’ll see why. 🙁
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HOW TO PAINT FAUX MARBLE
I started by giving this table a good cleaning with this White Lightning. After the table was cleaned and dry, the top was sanded with my orbital sander using an 80 grit and the legs and lip with a medium grit sanding sponge.
To make it easier to work on the legs and marble top separately, I unscrewed the legs from the top.
To add extra detail, these Wood Appliques were glued on. I choose WoodUbend because these appliques are super versatile. They can be heated and molded onto ANY shape or surface. I also like cutting them into smaller appliques to fit my projects. I applied the WoodUbend and used this Pearl White Textured Paste to add a little shimmer.
It really adds a nice detail to the piece.
The base/legs were sprayed in two coats of this Gravel Road.
Now for some fun… the marble paint effect!
I rolled two coats of my favorite crisp Cotton White with a foam roller.
To create the marble veins, I was a little nervous because I’ve never tried this before — but it was surprisingly easy! It’s also a forgiving technique because the few times I didn’t like what I did, I just wiped off the paint with water and a shop towel.
I dipped an artist’s brush into the Gravel Road, and on the diagonal, I created jagged random lines like the one below.
Then with my water mister, I misted the freshly painted vein letting the water spread the paint a little.
Once the water did its thing, I came back in with my brush and gently dabbed and stippled with the tips of my brush. I also soften the look in some areas by blending the paint out a little.
Tip ~ If you’re unsure of where to paint your faux marble lines, I found it helpful to look online at different marble patterns. Then I had a template on what sort of pattern to use.
Up until this point, I couldn’t have been more pleased. My marble effect was looking really good and coming along nicely. But it all went wrong when I tried top coating with a casting resin.
I mixed equal parts of the resin in a plastic container. Mixed well for about 2-3 minutes and then poured.
It was looking great but then for some unknown reason (and if any of you have some insight or experience working with this stuff – I’d LOVE some advice please!), it looked like it was being repelled in some areas.
I worked at smoothing out the resing pour with a large paint stick. I used a heat gun to get out the bubbles and move the product around but nothing helped.
My studio doesn’t always have the best lighting for images when I’m working at night but hopefully, you can see where it’s starting to resist? And then it spread …like a fungus.
You can see it on the finished piece. Half of this table is smooth as glass, the other half is all rippled and weird.
It’s a real shame because it would have been gorgeous. But on a positive note, I learned a lot and will be trying this marble finish again!
And now for some TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this talented team of ladies share. They never cease to surprise me with their creativity! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it. I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself! x
1. Painted Holiday Crates – Girl In The Garage
2. Painted Pine Hutch – Prodigal Pieces
3. BarStool Makeover – Artsy Chicks Rule
4. RePurposed Wall Cabinet – Confessions Of A Serial DIYer
5. DIY Marble Paint Effect – Salvaged Inspirations (So happy you’re here!!)
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS MARBLE PAINT EFFECT OR IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON THE RESIN POUR. AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, ASK AWAY! I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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