How to Create the Faux Granite Look in Five Easy Steps

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Welcome to my easy guide on how to create stunning faux granite furniture using old furniture and just a few materials and, most importantly, with a small budget!

If you are looking to refresh some old furniture and make it look like new, then the faux granite look could transform your old table, or any other piece of furniture, into a stunning centerpiece for any room in your home. Amaze your visitors with your DIY skills, or leave them thinking you have spent a small fortune on a real granite surface.

Creating my very own DIY faux granite table was a fun and exciting project and here is how I did it:

Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Materials

For this project I needed:

  • Painter's tape
  • Primer paint
  • Mini foam paint roller and tray
  • White matter acrylic paint
  • Warm grey matte acrylic paint
  • Dark grey matter acrylic paint
  • Paper plates
  • Sponges (one per color)
  • Polyurethane
  • Paintbrush

I chose to use three different shades of gray, but the shades and number of acrylic paints that you choose depend on the effect you want to achieve. Using these different shades, in addition to white, helped me achieve my desired result.

Step 2: Prime the Surface

Once I collated all of my tools and materials, I applied the painter's tape to protect any edges that I didn't want to get paint onto.

The next part was to prime the surface with the primer, using the mini roller to apply it all over the surface. There was no need to take too much care to make this even, as it will not affect the end results if it appears messy - there are plenty more layers to come!

Step 3: Mix Your Paint

I created custom colors by mixing the different shades together and adding some of the white paint. I simply used some paper plates as a makeshift palette, but you can use any other containers you have available around the home, such as cutting the bottom out of a large plastic bottle. I then added the custom colors that I had mixed into an individual container.

Step 4: Apply the Paint

Next, I started applying the paint onto the surface, using a different sponge for each color. The warm gray went on first of all, and I covered the whole surface with sponge prints. I had to take care not to press the color on in too big of a patch, as the granite effect requires smaller sponge prints to capture the right look. Therefore, it took a little patience to continue to apply the different layers using small strokes and pats.

After this, I used the dark gray shade for the next layer of my granite pattern. Then I used a mixture of the white and dark gray to provide transition and variation. I continued to add the mix of white and dark gray across the surface until I was happy with the final look.

Step 5: Once Dry, Apply Polyurethane

I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly and then applied the polyurethane using a paintbrush. It needed a couple of coats, and I ensured each coat dried completely in between each application. The drying process after the initial paint job and in-between each layer is the most important part of the faux granite process - so be patient! A quick-dry polyurethane was re-applied after two hours, which dried in less than 24 hours. This gave the surface a smooth finish and protects the faux granite paint pattern.

Step 6: Remove the Painter’s Tape

To finish off, I removed the painter's tape from around the surface and admired the amazing faux granite finish. 

The DIY faux granite technique can be used on a range of different surfaces and you can use different colors too. For tables, you might want to try painting the legs a different color to give a further level of customization.

Finally, Admire Your Work!

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  • Melanie Melanie on May 26, 2020

    Can this be done on laminate countertops?

  • Angela Schlappie Angela Schlappie on Jul 14, 2020

    Did you have to sand the surface before painting?

  • Nicole Loughman Nicole Loughman on Oct 18, 2020

    So it looks like you put all the different grey granite colors on without letting them dry between. Correct? I thought if you let each color dry before going on to the next, you could wipe off any small miss-smudges before they’re permanent. small. Or do they blend better if done without drying between colors?


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  • Em Em on Oct 21, 2020

    Nice work!

  • Chefsweety Chefsweety on May 16, 2021

    I have a small half moon entry table with a slightly damaged top. This will look brilliant! I'm off to buy shades of brown and beige for my new "granite top". Thank you!!