How to Faux Marble Your Bathroom Countertop

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Do you ever think to yourself that you would like to change your Bathroom Countertop, but at that time you can't afford to spend a lot of money on replacing marble, or you just don't want to spend that amount of money? Then, why not do it yourself? It is quite easy but you do need to practice quite a lot to get the effect - so try on a piece of board or something . I am going to give you a little advice to help you along the way.
Before
You will see in the first picture  of how the bathroom unit was before any work was done.
I then I decided to make my first change, by painting the unit with Annie Sloan's Pure white and added a bit of French word stencilling on the front. 
Midway Change
You will see at that time I didn't do any Faux marbling on the countertop. 
Midway Change
About 6 months later I decided to change the countertop and do some faux marbling. Sorry, but I do not have any pictures of each individual stage.
After about 6 months I decided to change the countertop and did a faux marble. I mixed three glazes and used a darker grey and also mixed some with white for a lighter grey and a black.  You only need to mix a little of these three colours as it goes a long way.  I use Artists acrylic paint.  Also add a little water to the mixes as you don't need your glaze too thick.
After
How to Faux Marble

1. Sand surface smooth with medium/fine grit sandpaper. Remove dust and grit with a tack cloth or damp rag.  Use two coats of primer over the surface and let it dry overnight

2.  Roll on one coat of white eggshell. Let it dry overnight.  Apply 2 coats, making sure each coat is dry thoroughly before applying the next. Slightly sand down between coats, then you can proceed to the veining.

Use the sea sponge and dab in a diagonal direction just here and there, not all over.  Use your softening brush by going over it very lightly, this will help send the paint into the background.
 
To help make veining easier you could buy a small marble tile. It will help you better visualize what the veins really look like.  Veins in marble usually run on a diagonal.
 
3. The veining is created by using a feather.  I bought my feathers at the craft store, but you may find one out in nature to use.
After
4. You need to mix three colours using the clear glaze and a little water.  I used black, dark grey and white. This is so you can mix different coloured greys, plus you can use them separately.  The texture needs to be like cream.  Dip the tip of the feather into the lighter grey paint and then draw a diagonal line with the tip of the feather moving it on its side and back and forth as you draw the line. You don’t want it to be a solid line, the more variation you can give each vein in color and width – the more realistic it will look.

5. After you make a few veins – hold a spray or misting bottle of water about 12” away from the surface and very very lightly spray water on top of the veining.  This will blur each line, spray a bit more on a few areas to achieve larger sections of blurred grey. If necessary, blot excess water with the sea sponge to fix mistakes or to spread out an area of veining.  If you want to spread the glaze a bit to soften a vein, go over it with the Softener brush. Gently dab it up and down over any area that needs softening.  
 
6. Use the darker color of paint to accent the veins you have already made.  Using the mixes, vary the shades and width of each vein.  Mist with water and let dry.

Remember to continue the veining down and around the sides of the piece you are working on so the top looks like a slab of marble.   When you have all the veins and accent veins completed, let it dry.

7.  If you look at marble carefully you will see it has some splotchy spots in some areas. To achieve this, dip a toothbrush into the mixes of glaze.  Move your thumb over the loaded brush to create some paint splotches over some of the veins and white areas.  Let it dry overnight.
8. Run very fine sandpaper over the top to ensure that the veins and splotches are not raised in any area. Remove sanding grit with a tack cloth.

9.  Finally put 3 or 4 coats of the polyvine varnish on to add a nice sheen and to protect your lovely work.  Let each coat dry well before adding the next and hey presto you have a beautiful Faux Carrera Marble Effect.
If you need any further information, then please go to my website http://www.decorativeideas.co.uk

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  • Gg12769163 Gg12769163 on Jun 06, 2017
    Can you do this to kitchen countertops, my is old linamonia?
  • Sally Miketa Stern Sally Miketa Stern on Jun 06, 2017
    Did you mix the glazes and paints together?
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 06, 2017
      Hi Sally - yes you mix the glaze and the paint together. You can purchase a tin of clear glaze, which is what I do and then mix that with your paint - you do not need either much glaze or paint for a bathroom countertop - mix ratio - approx. 3 glaze to one paint and the texture needs to be like cream - not too thick or too thin. Hope this helps?
  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 06, 2017
    could you put a bar finish on top?
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 06, 2017
      Sorry, I'm not sure what a 'bar finish' is and do you mean to put on top of the completed marble finish?
    • Janet Adams Cooksey Janet Adams Cooksey on Jun 06, 2017
      It won't hold up to use. Bad idea not practical unless you just want to look at it. Paint on any kind of countertops and paint on the floor are not good combinations.
    • Marilyn Fletcher Miller Marilyn Fletcher Miller on Jun 06, 2017
      I painted my countertops years ago and finished them with polyurethane. They held up for years
    • 4ti22686068 4ti22686068 on Jun 06, 2017
      I made this finish for a coffee table years ago and it lasted a long time. I was surprised, especially with little ones around. In fact, when I decided to get rid of my set, I got a good penny for it too! This is a great idea!
    • Trudi Vecchione Trudi Vecchione on Jun 06, 2017
      I did a kitchen counter top and it lasted for 10 years. Changed colors and did it again in a different color. Being in a kitchen, it certainly got a work out! Great job!
    • Gail Gail on Jun 06, 2017
      I've done both a kitchen countertop and a bathroom, it's been 3 years now and it's time for a refresh coat of polyacrylic but they are fine. Guests were really impressed to learn my countertops were painted. Have you had problems with this type of project Janet?
  • Cheryl Grams Cheryl Grams on Jun 06, 2017
    Are you for hire? Lol This is absolutely beautiful!
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 06, 2017
      ,What a lovely question Cheryl - yes I am for hire, but it depends where you live - I live in Spain and also do some work in the UK - but I bet you any money you are probably from the good old USA?
    • Susan Susan on Jun 06, 2017
      I was going to ask same thing I'm in Canada lol beautiful remarkable job!!!! I think this is your calling!!
    • Cheryl Grams Cheryl Grams on Jun 06, 2017
      Yes Im in the USA DARN!
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi again Cheryl and Susan - I wish I was in the USA - I have been many times and love it and love the Americans and Canadians whom I have had the pleasure to meet. Here in Spain - there are not many Spaniards who want/like to spend much money on their home etc - so my work has been mainly for the English - who, like the Americans and Canadians love 'doing up' their homes. Thank you for the lovely comments and I wish I could come over to assist you both
  • Wanda Wanda on Jun 06, 2017
    Could this be used on laminate table top. I used a table top for my bar an would love this.
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 06, 2017
      Yes, you could use this on a laminate top, but just make sure that you use the correct primer and that is Zinsser BIN or 123 - this primer is a stain blocker and holds onto anything.
    • Larry shriver Larry shriver on Jun 06, 2017
      If you are going to use this process on laminate; follow step 1 for sure. Sanding is necessary to permit the primer to adhere better, and would lessen the possibility of your finish separating from the countertop in the future. Don't forget the tack cloth..........she did an excellent job.

  • Sus8100789 Sus8100789 on Jun 06, 2017
    Would this work to resurface a bathtub?
  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Jun 06, 2017
    Lovely work, did you say what your original countertop was?
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 06, 2017
      Hi Dl.leplat - I didn't, it was beige, but not sure what 'fabric' it was made of, but if you look at my first photo - you might recognise it? Sorry, but thank you for your comment
    • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Jun 06, 2017
      It kind of looks like Corian, but it's hard for me to tell. It was very plain and it's wonderful to enhance something without it costing a king's ranso!
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi again Dl.leplat - it could be Corian but I am not sure to be honest. Yes certainly to create a beautiful finish and not cost the King's Ransom is just purrfect
  • Marilyn  boe Marilyn boe on Jun 06, 2017
    Would it be possible to do kitchen counter tops this way also?

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 06, 2017
      Hi Marilyn boe - I must admit I have never done this faux marble for kitchen counter tops - I used acrylic glazes and then put 4 coats of varnish over the top. But... I have used oil glazes before, although not for a kitchen. So... my honest answer would be is that I am not quite sure - perhaps if you put 'lacquor' over the top of your finish instead of varnish it would perhaps give the surface more durability. Kitchens do get a lot more wear and tear with all the washing up and cutting and slicing and hot pans etc etc - You could perhaps do the doors - although a lot of work - it would look stunning :)
  • Elaine Robbins-Canipe Elaine Robbins-Canipe on Jun 06, 2017
    How would this work on a laminated kitchen counter top?
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 06, 2017
      Hi Elaine - if you do all the prep work and use the correct primer, which is so important and the correct protection, then I think it would be OK, but you do have to think how much 'work' a kitchen gets in comparison to the bathroom, with pots, pans, heat etc etc - but I would perhaps probably use an oil glaze, rather than an acrylic glaze and then perhaps use a 'lacquor' on top of the faux finish to give it more durability. Mix the Clear Oil glaze with artists oil paint. Bear in mind also, that oil takes a lot longer to dry! Hope this helps?
  • Cynthia Nye Cynthia Nye on Jun 06, 2017
    Excellent results. I think with color variations (reds, browns, black, white, tan) you could also simulate granite as it has similar patterns; great idea for laminate kitchen countertops.
  • Wolf Wolf on Jun 06, 2017
    This is not a question but rather a comment. You did an AMAZING job. We just upgraded our vanity to a marble top and sink. I wish that we had used your method because it would look sooooo much better. Congratulations on your creativity.
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Wolf - thank you for your very kind comments and glad you like my work and also for you to say that my 'faux finish' looks better than the real thing is a tremendous compliment - thank you
    • Joan Saner Harder Joan Saner Harder on Feb 26, 2018

      Can I use this same method on my faux marble bathroom sink?

  • Patty Ward Patty Ward on Jun 06, 2017
    Can this be done on tile?
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Patty - yes you could do this on tile because the 'mainstay' of the paint adhering to the tile is the primer - I only use Zinsser BIN or Zinsser 123 - this sticks to anything and I have used it on tiles. You can then still use Eggshell but make sure you put a few coats of varnish on top of your completed work
  • Pam G Blaxton-Dowd Pam G Blaxton-Dowd on Jun 06, 2017
    Not a question. Just WOW!
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 06, 2017
      Hi Pam - Ah bless - thank you so much for your comment
    • Mwood Mwood on Jun 06, 2017
      You are awesome! I refinish furniture but haven't braved this yet. Absolutely stunning!
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Mwood - thank you for your kind comment - I say if you don't try it you will never know - and it's only paint you can re-do if necessary
  • Sch13521071 Sch13521071 on Jun 06, 2017
    Can this be done to a kitchen counter?
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 06, 2017
      Hi Scheetz_1 - I have not tried this on a kitchen countertop, but you would need more protection. I have used an acrylic glaze and acrylic paints - I think if you were try it you probably ought to use a clear oil glaze and artists oil paints, which I have used on several items of furniture, but not kitchen counters. Also, I would perhaps on the faux finish use a lacquer instead of acrylic varnish like I have with using acrylic products. You also want to make sure you prep the surface well and use the correct primer, which for me would be Zinsser BIN or 123 which is a primer that can be painted on anything and stick to it and you would still be able to use an 'Eggshell' paint as the base for your veining. Bear in mind though that using oil products do take a lot longer to dry than acrylic. Hope this helps?
  • Jo Jo on Jun 06, 2017
    Did you also do the counter top in Annie Sloan white?
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Goldenranch no I did not use AS white on the countertop - If you look at my details - I give a list of the primers, paints etc I used.
  • Ann Ann on Jun 06, 2017
    What was the surface composition you started with?? Mine would be 40 year old Formica ( laminate)
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Ann - sorry I am not sure what the surface is called but you can produce this finish on Formica - you just need to make sure you prep the surface well and use the correct primer - I use Zinsser BIN or 123 (2/3 coats) wait overnight and the next day use the Eggshell as the base coat over the primer - again wait overnight before you do the veining (faux marbleing) once you finish the faux marbling wait overnight and then use 3/4 coats of acrylic varnish - waiting overnight after each coat to enable everything to cure. Hope this helps
  • Bet22701778 Bet22701778 on Jun 06, 2017
    Is this safe for a kitchen counter?
  • Odette Larde Odette Larde on Jun 06, 2017
    How did you do the French word stenciling?
  • Janet B Janet B on Jun 06, 2017
    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!
  • Patricia Aspromonte Patricia Aspromonte on Jun 06, 2017
    How about a counter top for your kitchen I have whitel formica leather look
    • Betty Spratlin Grimes Betty Spratlin Grimes on Jun 06, 2017
      Great idea. Want to do this in my kitchen and bathrooms. Need a creamy color instead of black/grey but with a little black in the kitchen.
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Patricia and Betty - I have not tried this on a kitchen countertop, but you would need more protection. I have used an acrylic glaze and acrylic paints on the Bathroom Countertop - But I think if you were to try it on a kitchen countertop, you probably ought to use a clear oil glaze and artists oil paints, which I have used on several items of furniture, but not kitchen counters. Also, I would perhaps, on the faux finish, use a lacquer instead of acrylic varnish like I have with using acrylic products. You also want to make sure you prep the surface well and use the correct primer, which for me would be Zinsser BIN or 123 which is a primer that can be painted on anything and stick to it and you would still be able to use an 'Eggshell' paint as the base for your veining.
  • Kathy F Kathy F on Jun 06, 2017
    You are so gifted. It is so gorgeous and makes the bath look so wonderful!
  • Gail Gladstone Gail Gladstone on Jun 06, 2017
    Can you do this with mica?
    • Barbara Barbara on Jun 06, 2017
      waiting for an answer, too.

    • Dan18426583 Dan18426583 on Jun 06, 2017
      waiting for an answer as well.
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Gail, Barbara and Dandlatkins - do you mean 'formica'? if you do, then yes, you can produce this finish on Formica - you just need to make sure you prep the surface well and use the correct primer - I use Zinsser BIN or 123 (2/3 coats) wait overnight and the next day use the Eggshell as the base coat over the primer - again wait overnight before you do the veining (faux marbleing) once you finish the faux marbling wait overnight and then use 3/4 coats of acrylic varnish - waiting overnight after each coat to enable everything to cure. Hope this helps
    • Gail Gladstone Gail Gladstone on Jun 07, 2017
      Many thanks!
  • Njwestbrooks Njwestbrooks on Jun 06, 2017
    This is gorgeous!! Best vanity makeover I have seen!!!
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Njwestbrooks - Thank you so much for your kind comment and glad you like it and am very honoured that it is the best vanity makeover you have seen - you make me very happy saying that
  • Ann8937240 Ann8937240 on Jun 06, 2017
    A very professional outcome. You are extremely talented.
  • Marilyn S Marilyn S on Jun 06, 2017
    Can you also paint the bathroom sink?? I would love to this but my sink would need somthing done with it first and I don't what product to use.

    • Mary Wood Mary Wood on Jun 06, 2017
      go to lows they have a kit that will let you paint your sink and the tile if you want it painted

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Marilyn S - personally I would not try this in the sink - I would recommend purchasing a professional 'kit' or something for that
  • Karen Karen on Jun 07, 2017
    No question just a comment. What a beautiful job you did. It really does look like the real thing!
  • Laura Moonwoman Laura Moonwoman on Jun 07, 2017
    will this work on formica?

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 07, 2017
      Hi Laura - Yes, this would work on Formica - You just need to make sure you prep the surface well and use the correct primer, which for me would be Zinsser BIN or 123 which is a primer that can be painted on anything and stick to it and you would still be able to use an 'Eggshell' paint as the base for your veining. than acrylic.
  • Mer24866997 Mer24866997 on Jun 07, 2017
    You did a stunning job. Absolutely stunning!
  • Rsm7374787 Rsm7374787 on Jun 07, 2017
    can this be done to kitchen counters also


    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 08, 2017
      Hi Rsmorgia - I have not tried this on a kitchen countertop, but you would need more protection. I have used an acrylic glaze and acrylic paints on the Bathroom Countertop - But I think if you were to try it on a kitchen countertop, you probably ought to use a clear oil glaze and artists oil paints, which I have used on several items of furniture, but not kitchen counters. Also, I would perhaps, on the faux finish, use a lacquer or polyurethane instead of acrylic varnish like I have with using acrylic products. You also want to make sure you prep the surface well and use the correct primer, which for me would be Zinsser BIN or 123 which is a primer that can be painted on anything and stick to it and you would still be able to use an 'Eggshell' paint as the base for your veining. Bear in mind though that using oil products do take a lot longer to dry than acrylic. Hope this helps?
    • Bonnie Bonnie on Jun 10, 2017
      Yes it boils down to PREP and lots of PATIENCE ...but the end results are well worth that virtue. Zinsser bullseye 123 is my favorite primer sealer
    • Maureen Maureen on Jul 12, 2017
      I have seen polyurethanes used on countertops and they tend to
      yellow it - a lot. Stick with acrylics or polyacrylics.
  • June Bauman June Bauman on Jun 09, 2017
    What happens when the surface gets wet or dishes are stacked on it and is glossy or may!
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jun 09, 2017
      Hi June - your obviously talking about a kitchen? - my project was for a bathroom - and obviously in a bathroom the countertop gets wet, but it is the 'top finish' that protects. I used acrylic varnish and put on 3/4 coats - it will be the same for a kitchen, but would perhaps use a lacquer or polyurethane and the same amount of coats. Hope this helps
    • Bonnie Bonnie on Jun 10, 2017
      Did my daughters kitchen counter pretty much using the same technique 4yrs ago. Did it solid black and it looks like granite. Looks great! Don't worry about water marring b/c if the moisture has been left in contact for hrs and I'm meaning a day or so what happens is once the damp source is removed that white water mark drys back to its original luster. Been 4yrs now and still looks like it's new :)
  • Brenda Meyers Brenda Meyers on Jul 06, 2017
    Can I do this on a formica counter top in a bathroom?
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jul 07, 2017
      Hi Brenda - Yes, you can do the same on a laminate top just make sure you prep well and use a good primer like Zinsser BIN or 123 (I put 2 coats on) - as it sticks to anything :) Also, it is a must to protect your finish. I used 3/4 coats of Polyvine Decorator's Varnish in Satin Finish  Good Luck
    • Brenda Meyers Brenda Meyers on Jul 10, 2017
      Thank you.
  • Mms28685489 Mms28685489 on Aug 02, 2017
    Can you paint tile ?
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Aug 03, 2017
      Hi - yes you can paint tile - as long as you either use tile paint or use the proper primer, which I would use is Zinsser BIN or 123 as it sticks to anything and make sure you prep very well and protect your finish - good luck
  • I don't suppose you can tell me exactly what a softening brush is?
  • Joan Saner Harder Joan Saner Harder on Feb 26, 2018

    I want to try this, but am afraid. YouTube describes it done on an old faux marble sink and they used expensive products. Would this same process work if I use your method? Would you please list the exact products I will need. Is this something I can do with the sink in-place?

    Thanks

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Feb 27, 2018
      Hi Joan Saner Harder - you will find all the materials I used if you look on my post above after the last lot of pictures. Yes you can do it with the sink in place. You just need to protect your sink - I used newspaper and tape to tape the sink off. I cannot say what UTube used as I have not seen it - but if you use my method you should achieve what I have, or as close as you can get to achieve it.
    • Linda Erlam Linda Erlam on Sep 29, 2018

      I did mine using paint from the dollar store for the colors, and a good poly finish on the top. Very durable. Test your 'technique' on some big poster boards first. I did granite..

      And if it's really really awful, either paint over it or remove the paint.


  • Renee' Warner Renee' Warner on Mar 12, 2018

    Can you do this on formica? My kids are buying their first house and the kitchen has pink formica counter tops, which is my daughters most despised color, so she wants to change those quickly. This would be a great fix until they can buy what they want.

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Mar 12, 2018

      Hi Renee' Warner yes you can do this on formica, but make sure you clean it thoroughly and use the Zinsser Primer and put 2 coats on and let this dry overnight. Then I would advise you to use an 'Eggshell' one coat - let this also dry overnight. - Then start on your marbling technique with artists acrylic paints. Once you've applied the marbling - I would let this dry overnight also, then you will be ready for the acrylic varnish) Polyvine or something similar - I used 3-4 coats. Make sure you do not use a varnish that 'yellows' in time. Hope this helps?

    • 7691851 7691851 on Sep 29, 2018

      I used Giani granite countertop kit. Very easy to use. My countertops were white formica. You paint it on, and can do a granite pattern, marble look, or even add your own accent colors. I added some copper color to my countertops to tie in with some other finishes in my kitchen.


      I tried this product because it is under $100. RustOLeum has a similar kit that is quite a bit more expensive! My thinking was, ‘if I hate it, it buys me some time to save up for real stone at a future date.’ But I am thrilled with the results!


      Check out YouTube for more info and/or pictures, or Giani granite on Google for the website or photos of other people’s countertops. Good luck!

  • Astra Lilly Keena Astra Lilly Keena on Aug 13, 2018

    How many days does this project take when you have to let certain stages dry overnight and then sand? I see you marbled in the front part of your vanity, was that done on the wood surface? I love this project. But I am not crafty at all. I have 3 bathrooms that are in need of countertops updating. Could I use other colors too? I wish you had photos or videos of each step. I’m willing to try it. Just can’t tell my husband until one bathroom is completely done. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Aug 13, 2018

      Hi Astra Lilly Keena this project took about 5 days, obviously it is better if you have another bathroom you can use while you are working on this as you don't want it marked before you have completed the project and protected all your hard work.


      Yes I marbled over the front part of the vanity which also wood. But as you may have noted, I initially did a stencil on it, but when I was creating the marble effect I also used two coats of primer to cover the stencil.


      Yes you can use any colours you wish as marble comes in many different colours not just the colours I used. If you type in Google search "different colored marbled surfaces" and click on 'images' you will see loads of different marbles & their colours. Just choose something that suits your taste & re-create it. I would advise that you use some off cuts of wood first to use as samples. Using all or some of the techniques I used. Hope this helps 😀 And I think it would be great to do it as a surprise for your husband 😘👍 good luck and feel free to ask any further questions if you wish once you start practicing 😀

    • Krafty Mrs.K Krafty Mrs.K on Aug 27, 2018

      Experiment alot on cardboard first. Different sponges give different effects and the same colors can look different when layered in different orders.

      I also notice I get a rhythm as I sponge paint so I do each layer all at once because if I stop and restart the pattern looks different. I like to use at least 3 shades.

  • Rhea Raptou DeLong Rhea Raptou DeLong on Sep 29, 2018

    wow, your faux marble is the best I have seen and I even got samples from one of those expensive places. I have a question about the paint you used for your first transformation -- it looks creamy and slightly beige. I usually hate beige but I like your color. Is it actually more white?

  • Susan Susan on Sep 29, 2018

    What type of counterparts was your example? Corian or stone?

  • Barbara Barbara on Sep 29, 2018

    I love the results you got with this process. Do you think it could be used in the kitchen. I have a very old white formica counter top and have purchased supplies to do the granite top. Yours seems so much more beautiful. You are very talented.

    • Debbie Robbins Debbie Robbins on Jan 19, 2019

      Giani makes a kit you can buy on Amazon. I did my kitchen countertops and they are beautiful.

    • Donna Donna on Jan 19, 2019

      These pictures of the Giani product used in our kitchen are in reverse order, the almost white is laminate/formica, the black is the primer that looked so good we were tempted to put the clear protection coat on that and love it, but wanted a lighter finish, so we did the rest of the work that was 3 different colors blotted on with sea sponges starting with the darkest working to the lightest. Their website has links to a number of videos to show how it is done for each step. We would highly recommend doing the epoxy final finish that Giani says is optional. Kitchen counters take a lot of beating, so for it to last as long as possible, the epoxy is the way to go.

  • Karen Netherland Karen Netherland on Sep 30, 2018

    I would love to do this to my kitchen counters but, like Barbara, my counters are Formica. Of course getting hubby not to freak out is another challenge. How long did this project take you? Do you think it would work out on Formica? It's just stunning!!

  • Sue Sue on Sep 30, 2018

    This looks beautiful! Have you ever done it before?

  • Sandy Tucker Sandy Tucker on Jan 19, 2019

    Will this work on Formica?

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 20, 2019

      Hi Sandy - yes this method will work on Formica as long as you specifically clean your formica well and use the Zinsser Primer first and then follow the other steps above.

  • Susie Susie on Jan 19, 2019

    Would this work on a kitchen countertop???

  • Susie Susie on Jan 19, 2019

    Would this work on a kitchen countertop????


    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 20, 2019

      Yes, it would Susie as long as you clean your surface well and use the same Zinsser primer and take instructions that I give above. I would recommend though that you practice your technique a little first on a piece of board or something just to see how you do before trying on your countertop. The Zinsser sticks to anything even glass :)

  • Sam Sam on Jan 19, 2019

    can you post a really close up pic of the counter top? thank you

  • Susan Susan on Jan 19, 2019

    What kind of countertop can you paint this on? Will it work on Corian?

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 20, 2019

      Hi Susan - it will work - I know - on.. most surfaces, but unfortunately I have never had corian to try it on. The only thing I can suggest is that you try it on a sample/offcut. The most important thing when you first start to apply the primer - obviously make sure your surface is clean and free of grease etc and use the Zinsser Primer - as this, I know can even stick to glass - so it is the greatest primer and I use it all the time. Put 2 coats of primer on and leave overnight and then follow my other instructions above. Personally, I cannot see why it wouldn't, but I am just advising doing a test first :)

  • MK McDonald MK McDonald on Jan 19, 2019

    Looks good! Any plans for the rest of the bathroom? Like more marble to tie everything together? Still looks great though!

    • Carol Jackson Carol Jackson on Jan 19, 2019

      Makes a nice focal point in bathroom on its own, just enough marble with out going overboard

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 27, 2019

      Thank you MK glad you like it :) To be honest with you the bathroom is so small that there isn't anything else in there to paint in marble - although I could faux marble the walls - but would look too 'over the top' :)

  • Nstrasser1 Nstrasser1 on Jan 19, 2019

    Yes this is beautiful and what I've been looking for but I need it in my kitchen. Do you think it would work there with the pushing and pulling of kitchen "stuff" around on the counters?

    • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Jan 19, 2019

      I should think so the poly.protects.it which.can be applied if it's needed to

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 27, 2019

      Thank you for your kind comment Nstrasser1 - glad you like it :)


      Mine is in the bathroom and plenty of water about, but in the kitchen yes it will get more wear and tear etc - but.... I did this same technique years ago on a kitchen formica worktop and it was still going strong after approx 5 years when I moved house.


      So.... yes it would - as long as you clean your surface well and use the same Zinsser primer and take instructions that I give above. I would recommend though that you practice your technique a little first on a piece of board or something just to see how you do.


      The Zinsser sticks to anything even glass :) The Eggshell in itself is really hard wearing but another tip is to make sure, once you have completed your 'creation' - is to put a few coats of varnish on. Put at least 3 or 4 coats of the polyvine satin varnish on - or something similar to add a nice sheen and to protect your lovely work. I wouldn't use gloss varnish as I think this makes it look too 'false'.


      Let each coat dry well before adding the next that includes, the primer, the eggshell and the varnish - take your time and have patience and you will not be disappointed on how long it will last.


      Good Luck and the main thing is to enjoy :)

  • Dolores p Dolores p on Jan 19, 2019

    I love it, but will it do well in my kitchen

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 20, 2019

      Glad you like it Dolores - mine is in the bathroom and plenty of water about. In the kitchen yes it will get more wear and tear etc - but.... I did this same technique years ago on a kitchen formica worktop and it was still going strong after approx 5 years when I moved house.


      So.... yes it would Dolores as long as you clean your surface well and use the same Zinsser primer and take instructions that I give above. I would recommend though that you practice your technique a little first on a piece of board or something just to see how you do.


      The Zinsser sticks to anything even glass :) The Eggshell in itself is really hard wearing but another tip is to make sure, once you have completed your 'creation' - is to put a few coats of varnish on. Put at least 3 or 4 coats of the polyvine varnish on - or something similar to add a nice sheen and to protect your lovely work. Let each coat dry well before adding the next - take your time and you will not be disappointed on how long it will last.


      Good Luck and the main thing is to enjoy :)

  • Sharon Gehrke Wolf Sharon Gehrke Wolf on Jan 19, 2019

    W.O.W.!!!!!!! You did a fantastic wonderful job. Can I hire you? Seriously not joking.

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 20, 2019

      Hi Sharon - what a compliment - thank you so much and glad that you like it enough to hire me. I would love to do some work for you, but the only thing is where do you live? I live in Alicante, Spain and if you are anywhere near here, then you have yourself a good worker :) Let me know if you're anywhere close. Look forward to hearing from you :)

    • Sharon Gehrke Wolf Sharon Gehrke Wolf on Jan 20, 2019

      No I don't think that would work so well lol. I am in Grand Forks, ND. USA

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 27, 2019

      LOL - what a shame - I would certainly recommend you have a go yourself - you never know what you can achieve until you try it :) just be patient and enjoy it :)

  • Louise Louise on Jan 19, 2019

    This is gorgeous! Are you an artist or was this your first effort at something like this?


    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 20, 2019

      Hi Louise - thank you for your kind comment and I am glad you like it.


      I can paint - although I haven't painted art in a long while as I've concentrated more on the furniture side and I don't paint with small brushes - I like modern/contemporary art. You can visit that website if you wish to have a look at some art of mine - www.artbyden.com


      I also faux paint lots of different styles i.e. marble, stone, brick, antiquing, lime washing and a few more. My passion is marbling - when I'm working on that I am transported to another world.


      No it wasn't my first piece - I've done lots of faux work for other people and myself, of course. If you look on my website www.decorativeideas.co.uk under the heading 'furniture' you will see some more projects I have done and.... of course I have a heading called 'Blog' there are different projects on there too. Have a nice day and take care :)

  • DKW DKW on Jan 20, 2019

    Did not see the answer to the question if this will also work in a kitchen? I don't see why not but would like an answer to the question. Also what was the cost?


    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 20, 2019

      Hi DKW - sorry I have had a lot of replies and questions to answer. So.. in answer to your question- mine is in the bathroom and plenty of water about. In the kitchen yes it will get more wear and tear etc - but.... I did this same technique years ago on a kitchen formica worktop and it was still going strong after approx 5 years when I moved house.


      So.... yes it would - as long as you clean your surface well and use the same Zinsser primer and take instructions that I give above. I would recommend though that you practice your technique a little first on a piece of board or something just to see how you do.


      The Zinsser sticks to anything even glass :) The Eggshell in itself is really hard wearing but another tip is to make sure, once you have completed your 'creation' - is to put a few coats of varnish on. Put at least 3 or 4 coats of the polyvine varnish on - or something similar to add a nice sheen and to protect your lovely work. Let each coat dry well before adding the next that includes, the primer, the eggshell and the varnish - take your time and have patience and you will not be disappointed on how long it will last.


      Good Luck and the main thing is to enjoy :)

  • Nita Nita on Jan 20, 2019

    Is the countertop laminate?

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 20, 2019

      Hi Nita - I'm not really sure what it was - it wasn't like quartz or anything - whatever it was it wasn't very nice ;) lol and I didn't like the colour or anything neither. But if you were thinking of working on a laminate top - you could do this finish on laminate or most other finishes by following my instructions above.

  • Williemae Williemae on Jan 21, 2019

    Can I do this with ceramic tile?

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 27, 2019

      Hi Williemae - Yes you could do it on ceramic tile - as long as you clean your surface well and use the same Zinsser primer and take instructions that I give above. I would recommend though that you practice your technique a little first on a piece of board or something just to see how you do.


      The Zinsser primer sticks to anything even glass :) The Eggshell in itself is really hard wearing but another tip is to make sure, once you have completed your 'creation' - is to put a few coats of varnish on. Put at least 3 or 4 coats of the polyvine varnish on - or something similar to add a nice sheen and to protect your lovely work.


      Let each coat dry well before adding the next that includes, the primer, the eggshell and the varnish - take your time and have patience and you will not be disappointed on how long it will last.


      Good Luck and the main thing is to enjoy :)

  • Savannah Savannah on Jan 22, 2019

    Very beautiful would love to try this on my bathroom top but I'm In South Africa I doubt we have the same products, how much did this cost you roughly?

    • Peggy Riggles Peggy Riggles on Jan 22, 2019

      You wouldn't nee the exact brands for this to work. Just an acrylic paint of any kind and a bonding primer since you will be going over a nonporous surface. It will help your base coat of wall paint in any brand and color of your choice, to adhere better. Then any water based polyurethane to coat and seal your pattern in. If you choose to use an oil based top coat, it tends to yellow over time. I'm not sure what it cost her to do this, but I'd estimate less than 50.00 US for that small an area.

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 27, 2019

      Hi Savannah - thank you for your kind comment. As long as you use a shellac based primer/sealer you should be OK - also I would use a satin varnish not a gloss - I think the gloss would make the finish look 'too false'.


      I used artists acrylic paints for the 'veining' etc, which are not expensive - you can purchase small tubes of these.


      The Eggshell paint - I have given you this link to understand what 'Acrylic Eggshell is' to enable you to perhaps use another paint if you cannot get the 'Eggshell'. https://www.craigandrose.com/all-articles/what-is-acrylic-eggshell-and-where-can-i-use-it/


      The cost for me was nothing - as I paint furniture and create artworks and already had everything I needed to complete this job. But, because it is such a small piece to create - you are no need to purchase big cans or anything - unless, what you purchase you know that you will use the rest of the paint, primer etc for other jobs? Go to your DIY stores etc where they sell these sort of paints and price it up first - as obviously, different companies charge different prices - just do a little 'homework' on your costs.


      Hope the above helps - good luck and happy painting - have patience and you never know what you can create until you try it :)

  • Rhonda Rhonda on Jan 22, 2019

    can this be done for kitchen countertops

    • Peggy Riggles Peggy Riggles on Jan 22, 2019

      Definately. But if you want a longer lasting more permanent finish look on you tube for stone coat countertops. I don't work for them lol! But have done 3 kitchens for family and my church. Love this stuff and the videos are step by step and easy to replicate. I'm a woman in my 60s and if I can do it anyone can!

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 27, 2019

      Hi Rhonda - Mine is in the bathroom and plenty of water about. In the kitchen yes it will get more wear and tear etc - but.... I did this same technique years ago on a kitchen formica worktop and it was still going strong after approx 5 years when I moved house.


      So.... yes it would - as long as you clean your surface well and use the same Zinsser primer and take instructions that I give above. I would recommend though that you practice your technique a little first on a piece of board or something just to see how you do.


      The Zinsser sticks to anything even glass :) The Eggshell in itself is really hard wearing but another tip is to make sure, once you have completed your 'creation' - is to put a few coats of varnish on. Put at least 3 or 4 coats of the polyvine satin varnish on - or something similar to add a nice sheen and to protect your lovely work. Let each coat dry well before adding the next that includes, the primer, the eggshell and the varnish - take your time and have patience and you will not be disappointed on how long it will last.


      Good Luck and the main thing is to enjoy :)

    • Rhonda Rhonda on Jan 31, 2019

      Thanks going to give it a try

  • Donna Epps Compton Donna Epps Compton on Jan 24, 2019

    What was to begin with?


    Thanks

    Donna

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 27, 2019

      HI Donna - you will see what it looked like in the first picture above, then I did a 'midway' change and then the final results :)

  • Alice Alice on Mar 18, 2019

    Can I do this on my sink too??

    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Mar 20, 2019

      Hi Alice do you mean on your pot sink not the countertop? If so, I would say no - I would not attempt to try doing that.

    • Ida9464 Ida9464 on Oct 22, 2019

      Beautiful job! You did a tremendous marbling job! But I also like the French stencil where did you get that, and what did you use to get that particular look?

  • Kate Kate on Jul 04, 2019

    Love the countertop! I purchased Sax True Clear Glaze and I just read that this glaze can only be used on ceramics can I use this on the countertop mixed with acrylic paint? Thank you.

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  • Dee Dee on Jul 01, 2020

    Like everyone before has commented it is very realistic the best Ive seen so far. I have been researching techniques and products to use on my kitchen counters. Wish me luck.


  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 15, 2020

    Looks fantastic

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