Real Looking Faux Marble Countertop Update
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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Beth Davis on Aug 22, 2022
Deb55097247 on Sep 24, 2022
Thank you for the great, clear consise directions. You made it look easy, which I know it wasn't.
Please keep bringing us great ideas!
Looks nice, but shouldn’t you leave base, etc off the counter until it cures (7 days) completely?
Do you have to avoid anything hot on the counter, even heat through a hot mat? My friend did this to her countertops and they blistered quickly wherever anything warm sat.
Nice Job. What was the original countertop material? Wood? Granite? Quarts?