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How to Paint a Faux Marble Ceiling!

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One thing that I love to experiment with is faux finish painting. My most popular project by far, is my Faux Stained Glass technique using paint and glue. I’ve also created some cool looks with a Faux Textured Chair Rail and Faux Carved Wainscoting using textured wallpaper. This week, I tackled a whole new Faux project- How to paint a Faux Marble Ceiling!
Our new house was a vast landscape of white walls and I really wanted to start infusing some color. The master bedroom had a great trey ceiling. Trey ceilings fascinate me as there are so many things you can do with them.
Well, it just had to happen. I got out the paints and brushes and created a new look for the bedroom!
It all started with some pedestals. I had some artwork that needed pedestal displays in my dining room. So I purchased a couple plaster pedestals for about $10 each at the local craft store. They look great in white, but in order to show off my white statues, I thought green marble would work better.
After successfully recreating the look of marble, I decided to branch out and take on the ceiling!
For the ceiling, I used:
1 gallon can of dark forest green paint (latex)
Acrylic paint in wicker white
2 sponges
feather (optional)
I started by painting the walls a dark olive green, keeping the trim work white. Then I painted the trey part of the ceiling a deep dark forest green. I allowed it to dry and then went to the next step.
Taking the leftover paint, I mixed up two different lighter shades of green by adding different amounts of wicker white acrylic paint. You can find this type of paint at any craft supply store.
I made one batch of color in the medium green family and one in the lighter green family. Use a palette or even in this case a paint tray to put a bit of each color in separate areas. Add a bit of water to thin the consistency of the paint. You will work with both colors at the same time, using two different sponges.
Take your sponges and cut pieces out of them to create an uneven texture to the sponge. Cut holes in the center and make the edges uneven. You could use a sea sponge for this project, but I found that the uneven texture created this way gave it a better look.
Dampen the sponges, and squeeze them out so that you have pliable sponges to work with. Start with the medium green. Dab your sponge lightly into the green, pat it on a paper towel to get rid of excess paint and then dab onto the ceiling.
Lightly cover an area of about 1 ft. x 1 ft., turning the sponge with each application so that the pattern is not repeated over and over.
Then switch to the light green, dabbing that sponge and lightly placing that color over the other one. In some places, it will blend the two colors together, in others, they will stand out as separate colors. Be sure not to cover up all of the dark green.
Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post for some handy tips on this technique!
To finish this project, I added an inexpensive ceiling fan medallion. I painted it white and then detailed some of the trim with metallic gold paint.
Total redo for this bedroom was a little under $50 and we have a distinctive new look. A major crick in my neck, but definitely a new look.
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  • Flossie
    Flossie United Kingdom
    on Feb 20, 2016

    You are a very brave lady taking on such a huge task, it looks terrific, love the colours you have used, it looks really professional. Thanks for sharing.

  • Diana Deiley
    Diana Deiley Nokomis, FL
    on Feb 21, 2016

    Great job. I too love trey ceilings and the possibilities are endless. The faux is nice, but a beautiful sky with clouds could have been a consideration to keep the area open. Maybe on your next ceiling. Thanks for sharing all you hard work.

  • Kaye
    Kaye Louisville, KY
    on Feb 21, 2016

    I think we must be sisters ! LOL ,I've done the same

  • Grace
    Grace Lexington, KY
    on Feb 21, 2016

    Amazing! I hope your neck feels better.

  • Debbie Williams
    Debbie Williams Plymouth, CT
    on Feb 21, 2016

    lots of work sure paid off this looks great

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