Real Looking Faux Marble Countertop Update

2 Materials
$200
7 Days
Medium

I gave my shabby counters a beautiful realistic faux marble update.

My counters were looking very worn and were a real eyesore. We are planning a complete remodel.of the kitchen but not for 2 years.

I decided I needed a budget friendly update. I found a faux marble countertop kit by Giani on Amazon. I was ready for a budget friendly update.

I taped off the backsplash and sink and sanded a few rough spots to prep for paint.

I used a foam roller to roll on several coats of the white paint. I let the counters dry completely between coats. I gave the counters four coats in all.

I next was ready to add the veins.

I used a medium gray paint for the veins. I applied them with a thin artist brush.

I used a spray bottle filled with water to mist the line immediately.

Then I used a paint brush to soften the line.

I added all the major veins around the countertop.

Next, I added some shadows and minor veins. I kept adding until I was happy with the look.

I softened the veins even further using a paper towel.

I let the veins dry overnight.

I used 600 grit sandpaper to sand down any high points left by the paint.

Then I wiped them clean.

I retaped the backsplash and taped dropcloths to the tops of the cabinets and draped over the floors to protect them from overflowing epoxy.

Next, I mixed the epoxy.

I poured the epoxy onto the countertop. Each can of epoxy covers about 6 feet of countertop.

I used a paintbrush to edge the counters and around the sink.

I used a foam roller to spread the epoxy and coat the edges. You do not want to overwork the epoxy and move quickly as it dries quickly.

I let the epoxy cure for 1 1/2 hours and then removed the tape and drop cloths.

The epoxy will be tacky for several hours. The epoxy needs 7 days to cure completely.

They turned out so realistic and are a total upgrade!

We love the way they turned out!

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  • PattyV
    on Sep 3, 2020

    Did you have to put an top coating like some sort of polyurethane?

  • Phyllis Guntrum
    on Sep 25, 2020

    I hate my counter tops. This is perfect for us. What was the total cost?

  • Hope
    Yesterday

    Hi Jennifer...

    I LOVE the look!! You did a fantastic job!!

    How is it holding up..? Is the finish prone to scratches and scuff-marks at all..? Asking because my family is a bit hard on the countertop surfaces and I would hate to have the finish all scuffed up.

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  • Sheryll S
    on Sep 21, 2020

    That looks fantastic! I would keep it for more than two years! I'm totally jealous! Wow, just wow!

  • K. Rupp
    on Oct 8, 2020

    WOW....LOVE THIS! the most realistic marble paint job I have seen! My husband and I did epoxy over our countertop years ago. We used stone spray which gave a granite look. Marbling is hard to get it to look right and you accomplished that. Saving this project;). Thank you so much for sharing!

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