Marbled Walls and Countertops in a Difficult Tiny Space

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As part of my Camper Madness project, I needed to strip off old wallpaper that seems literally stronger than the wood underneath it and blend it into formica cabinets with wood trim.
I was inspired by the Heirloom products video on Hometalk, but wanted my own color palette. So I heeded the warnings and went to work and love the results:
I stripped off all the wallpaper as far as it would go, taped off all the areas, cleaned and used Kilz oil-based primer over everything. Patched with an an expandable plaster and silicone.
I trowelled and brushed a gray latex over the counters and walls for a base coat. I trowel so there is a bit of texture already begun on the walls and counters.
I put the colors I was using in the rest of the camper in my roller pan (light gray chalk paint and medium matte gray latex) along with equal amounts of glaze and trowel the colors in a stoney fashion.
The backsplash piece to the far left hand side is the actual stone tiles I am working with for accents. To add depth and contrast to the eat-in area I painted the corner in the darker gray stipple-brush technique.
All wall surfaces get 1-2 coats of wax varnish.
Counters get 3-4 coats spread apart in time to allow ample time to cure & harden in between. Like first day, 3-days later, 1-week later, 1-month later.
Ideally I'd use a resin epoxy sealer for a glassy shine on counters. But since a camper does not allow me complete control over dust and temperatures during cure times, I think I'll stick to water-based products, using more coats. I did a bathroom counter paint over tile and wood that has held up beautifully with multiple spaced coats.
Suggested materials:
  • Kilz oil-based primer
  • Mix of chalk paint, latex and craft paints
  • Glaze
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  • Michelle Mounts Michelle Mounts on Apr 26, 2017
    When painting wood cabinets what is the best type of paint and primer also what sand paper do I use to make the pai stick?? This is my first time painting wood cabinets need all advice. I have new counter tops coming in. Thank you, Michelle b

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