How to Faux Finish a Concrete Countertop to Look Like Marble

What You'll Need
Tack cloth or lint-free damp cloth
Flat or enamel paint
Medium-grit sandpaper
Primer or undercoat paint
Clear varnish
Feathers (assorted types and sizes)
Artist's brushes (assorted sizes)
Artist's oil paint (for veins)

Anybody can create faux finish kitchen countertops to look like a marble using your current laminate countertops as well as a faux painting procedure. This technique helps cover burns and imperfections that are usually present on your functioning laminate countertops. Achieving this saves you a great deal of cash and at the same time keeps your kitchen looking gorgeous until you have enough money in order to acquire the real marble countertop in the future.

Step 1 – Clean and Dry the Surface

Clean first the kitchen countertop with cleansing solutions and then rinse thoroughly with water. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.

Next, sand the countertop’s surface to get rid of rough patches and splinters. Sanding also aids your paint to stick on the existing laminate countertop. Eliminate the lint and dust using lint-free damp cloth or simply tack cloth. Make sure that the laminate countertop surface is as lint-free and shiny as possible which will offer you an improved end result.

Step 2 – Apply the Undercoat

Put on the undercoat with color, which works properly using the complete color scheme or design utilized in your kitchen. You also need to reapply a second coat since it is necessary being the base coat for your preferred decorative finish. Apply light mottling through a sponge dipped-in light colored gray oil paint, and then spread over them all throughout the countertop in even distribution and shades of colors.

Step 3 – Add Lines for Design

Make use of artist’s assorted brush sizes in order to add lines and details, which become the veins of the faux finish. You can as well employ feathers instead of a brush, which is a widely preferred means by most artists in creating faux finish marble veins. Illustrate the veins in unsystematic sizes within a single direction obliquely.

Step 4 – Choose Color Scheme

Always employ darker colors in order to strengthen a number of veins, which give them altering degrees of color shades. Make use of a sponge in order to attach more intensity to certain areas preferred. Once you have marble samples or even a photo of marble, you can use it as your guide to lift up or attach color for extra variations of the marble shade for an additional realistic achieve.

Step 5 – Apply Effects

For extra effect and marble feel you need to add glaze on its top. Moreover, you can acquire premade glazes in particular color shades or design variations, if not you can create your own through mixing 3 parts of oil paint, 5 parts of white spirit, and 5 parts of white undercoat. Ensure your glaze posses a fairly creamy feel to provide an opaque finish. Allow the glaze to dry and leave for 30 minutes.

Finally, apply a clear gloss varnish coat followed by a satin varnish coat for a gorgeous marble finish as well as for protection.