Learn Acrylic Pouring To Create a Faux Marble Effect

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I’ve recently started buying furniture from charity Shops and found these beautiful nest of tables I wanted to give a makeover to. I had the idea of just focusing on the tops and leaving the legs the beautiful dark wood they are. I decided I wanted to give the table tops a marble effect. So I did some research to find out the best and easiest way to create it.

In this post I show you how I upcycled a nest of tables using a new technique I found and also how to do this technique of paint pouring.


This was before I started sanding the nest of tables down. Although the wood is a beautiful colour, dark wood isn’t trending so I wanted to give these a modern makeover.

Firstly, I sanded down the top gloss coat and a little bit more to expose the lovely grain in the wood.

Acrylic Paint Pouring

You will need

  • Pva or pouring medium
  • Acrylic paints
  • Plastic cups

Your need pva or pouring medium to mix with the acrylic paints to thin it out and make it easier to pour.

Next, I picked my shades of colours. I wanted to create a standard black and white marble effect with grey highlights so this is why I picked these colour but you could choice what ever colours you want to get the same effect.

I then mixed half paint and half pva together. I did this for all my shades of paint. Your gonna want to use plastic cups as you can just throw them away after.

Very slowly I poured each individual paint mixture into one of the cups. (You want to be carful not to mix the paint as this creates the marble effect when you pour)

After everything is poured into one cup I then simply just poured the mixture onto my table tops. You can see the lovely marble-like effect this technique can create.

To get the paint coverage I moved the paint around by just moving the tables getting the paint to just flow where I wanted it too. In this video you can see how easy it is to do and there’s not really much skill to it.

I left the tables to dry for 2 days before I even touched them to see if they were dry to the touch. (This is because the paint is thick and you don’t want to deserve the marble effect)

Lastly, I finished my tables off by adding a coat of silver paint to the edges of the table tops to add that extra touch of glam.


Completed with a a gloss top coat spray paint I have completed my next of tables. I’m really pleased on the final look. I tried to make each table individual by mixing different qualities of shades of black and grey. This was actually my first time having ago at acrylic paint pouring and really enjoyed it. I will be using this technique in many of my next projects

Im still selling these tables and open to offers or if anyone has any advice on selling would be very much appreciated.

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  • Ale27436752 Ale27436752 on Sep 17, 2021

    If using this technique on a large piece that you can not tip to move the paint how do you suggest getting it to move and swirl?

  • Mary McDonald Mary McDonald on Sep 23, 2021

    Are you planning on doing something with the legs? The tops are beautiful but the legs are still in the 60’s. I would maybe paint them black. Ya! Not Silver…grey?…that would take away the beauty of your marble top but black?.. yup, with a satin or matte protective finish. Sorry, I’m just envisioning the different colours.

  • Virlyn L Grant Virlyn L Grant on Sep 17, 2022

    Will this work on a glasstop?

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  • Does it run over the edges? They’re very pretty?

    • Patty Patty on Sep 18, 2022

      Yes. It's pretty messy,but a lot of people let it drip onto another project.

  • Patty Patty on Sep 18, 2022

    I love acrylic pours. Your tables look great,especially the 2 smaller ones. Good job for a first try. Fun, isn't it?