Faux Soapstone Countertops Using Paint + One Common Household Item

Have you ever looked a picture of a beautiful stone countertop and wondered if you could get the same look using paint? I love the look of soapstone countertops and would've loved to have them in our recent cottage guest shed remodel. But, I love DIY'ing, faux paint finishes and saving money even more. Today, I'll show you how to get the look of soapstone countertops at the fraction of the cost using paint and one very common household item I'm pretty sure you already have.
Other than paint, you'll need a spray bottle, paint brushes, sealer for when your project is complete, and plastic grocery bags.
The countertop that got the faux soapstone finish is in the kitchenette in our cottage guest shed. Our countertop is made of plywood but you can use this technique over laminate by sanding it with 220 grit sandpaper, cleaning the surface with diluted TSP or TSP substitute, and priming with Glidden Gripper primer before you start.
I started by priming the surface and then giving it 2 coats of a black latex paint with greyish undertones.
After giving it texture with the grocery bags (details are in my blog post), I added the veining like the natural soapstone would have.

After it had time to dry for 24 hours, I sealed it with a matte varnish. I love the look we got for much less! I also used a similar technique on our fireplace hearth when we gave the fireplace surround a budget makeover. What would you use the faux soapstone paint technique on?
Tricia @ Simplicity In The South
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Snl17715556 Snl17715556 on Jul 06, 2017
    Do you think this would work on an old granite bathroom counter? If not, do you have any other ideas to redo an old counter like that? Thanks, Natalie

  • Lee Rakoskie Lee Rakoskie on Sep 01, 2018

    Help! The blog no longer comes up... is there a new url or does someone know how to make the texture with the bags? Veining...

  • Kal34535513 Kal34535513 on Dec 26, 2018

    Can you use this method IF your sink is molded into the countertop as one piece?

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