How to create a faux marble finish
If you love the sophisticated look of marble but you don’t want to pay for it, then you can create a faux marble look. If there is a table that you like to see with marble on top then you can add it with minimal money. Whether you like to paint or not, you will enjoy creating this look on the table that needs a little more style and design.
Faux marble looks great on nightstands, hall tables, countertops, and more.
Before you get started, you need to prepare for your job. Gathering every thing you need now will save you a lot of time. Here is a list of the supplies you need.
- Background paint if necessary
- Brushes of different sizes
- Oil paints
- Translucent glaze
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towels
Here are the steps you need to take to create a faux marble look.
- You want to create a smooth surface to work with so smooth down the surface. When you prepare the surface well, you do not need to worry about splinters that may come up after you are done. Splinters can peel back the raw look of your table and show the original stain and this can ruin your faux marble look.
- Apply the undercoat in the color you choose. After this is done you may need to add another base coat to make the look more set. If you want to, now would be a good time to add a tine to your wood using the oil paint and a simple sponge. Using a sponge will create a natural look.
- Next, use the oil paint to begin a diagonal line moving across the surface. Allow to dry
- Again, go over the same diagonal line with a different color. Use a darker shade to bring out the diagonal lines that you placed. Before the paint dries, take a soft brush and lightly brush over the surface to create a natural look.
- Use another sponge that you can dab onto the surface to create a natural look and to blend the paint. If you want a traditional or old look, dab the sponge to create an uneven look.
- Finally, to get the marble look, you want to use the translucent glaze on the surface. It doesn’t have to look even if you want a natural look. Place more glaze in certain spots to create a natural look. When it is dry, add a clear coat of varnish to the surface to complete it.
Before you begin, measure the table to make sure that you buy enough paint to cover the area. If you are unsure about whether you want to create a faux marble look on a table then don’t. Be sure to take your time and only work on it when you are not rushed. If you paint something in error, carefully try to cover up the area or try to strip the paint off of that area to remove the unwanted color.
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