Faux Marble Counter Top Using Plywood!

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Want a marble countertop on a tight budget?? Try this!

Hi Everyone :) I'll start off my saying our bathroom needed a major update. Photo above shows our bathroom before the makeover. A ton of green and very shabby. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

I knew for a fact that I wanted a new marble countertop in the bathroom however after doing some research I realized it was WAYY out of our budget.

So I had no choice but to DIY one! I'm going to try and go into as much detail as possible. If at any point this gets confusing you can check out the full in depth version of this DIY on my blog with the video version as well.

Here's the link - https://www.lilyardor.com/countertop

Prepping the plywood!

We started off by giving the plywood a few coats of paint. I just used regular interior latex paint. We ended up building this edge for the edge of the countertop to get a nice thick coat of resin as well.

I then used a feather to add veining onto my plywood.

Here's what it looked liked from the top once it was done. At least point I felt the veining was a little bit too much. I really wanted to achieve soft veining on this countertop.

So instead of re-doing it I ended up taking a grabbing a moist sponge with some white paint and and applied a blurred layer on top of my veining to give it a faded look. At this point I let it dry completely before moving on to pouring the resin. At least 24 hours.

Before pouring the resin I taped all the edges. I actually ended up using tinted resin. I used white tinted resin to help fade the veining even more. This actually gave the countertop a very realistic look. It smoothed out any imperfections.

I used my heat gun to pop any bubbles and after about 2 hours removed the tape and let it cure for a few days.

Here's how our bathroom turned out. I'm so in love!

Here's how the countertop look like from the top. I love how the veining looks so smooth and realistic.

That's it. I hope this inspires you to make your own countertop. MY countertop was about 3x4 foot section and this cost my around $50 to make.

FOR A MORE IN DEPTH TUTORIAL AND SUPPLIES I USED check out my blog post here -


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  • Nancy de la Fuente Nancy de la Fuente on Jun 17, 2021

    Did the resin turn yellow over time ? I made a side table with a resin top and it yellowed

  • Crumly Crumly on Jun 17, 2021

    Nice job! For some reason I’m scared to work with resin. I guess because if I screw it up I can’t afford to fix it. You mentioned using your heat gun for bubbles. I know you need to do this but my question is do you have to buy a heat gun or can you use a blow dryer on high. Or is this not hot enough?

  • Stephanie Stephanie on Jan 31, 2023

    Hi, it looks great! My question is, did you have any issue with the dripping of the resin underneath, or do you just sand that off after it cures?

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  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jul 20, 2021

    Absolutely beautiful! Very elegant. Great job. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  • Shelby 🐈 Shelby 🐈 on Jan 05, 2023

    Very very very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    I realize you wish for us to follow you online, but it would also help if you answered some questions after you post something. It could get you more followers. You have many admirers on your projects. Keep them informed.

    Thanks again!