$30 DIY Faux Marble Countertops

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If you’ve ever dreamed of marble countertops and then nearly fainted at the price, you NEED today’s post! When I saw how Ronda from Batchelor’s Way had created faux marble countertops for her laundry room, I begged her to share the tutorial with us here because it is going to knock your socks off!

Instead of paying $650 for Carrera marble or even over $200 for marble-look laminate, Ronda picked up a countertop from the ReStore and some leftover paint and made her own faux marble countertop for just $30! Here’s how:

DIY Faux Marble Countertops
by Ronda of Batchelor’s Way

DIY faux marble countertops -- looks like the real thing at a fraction of the price! @Remodelaholic

This project was so scary for me, but I am so glad I overcame my fears and did it because I am happy as a clam with my new countertop!

Supplies:

To create your own faux marble countertops, you’ll need:

  • the countertop (we got our 36″ deep, rounded edge countertop at the ReStore for $5!)
  • white primer for glossy surfaces (I used Valspar Contractor Primers/Bonding Primer)
  • gray paint (mine was leftover latex paint, but you could use craft paint, too)
  • white iridescent glitter (I bought mine at Michael’s)
  • sea sponge
  • feather
  • small stir sticks
  • sponge paint brushes
  • cheap bristle paint brush
  • SuperGlaze or EnviroTex Lite
  • putty knives or a large spreader (disposable)
  • a drop cloth
  • painter’s tape
  • wood filler (if your countertop has a tiny hole or two like mine did)
  • a radial saw and/or jig saw to cut the countertop to size (if it’s not already)

1. Cut Counters to Size

FIRST, if your countertop isn’t already fit to the space you’re putting it in, cut it to size. Ours was an odd L shape, so my husband used a radial hand saw and straight edge to cut the rectangle and then I used a jig saw to cut out the arm at the end. We scribed the “L” shaped area to get a really close fit — very important since nothing was really square. 

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2. Repair Any Holes

Next, fill in any holes or blemishes in the countertop so you have a nice surface to start painting on. I just used wood filler (Dry Dex Spackling by DAP) and sanded it smooth. 

3. Prime the Countertop

Prime with a white primer for glossy surfaces. I used two coats. Once the primer is dry, lightly sand the whole surface. 

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4. Paint the Faux Marble Look

Mix your paint. I just used leftover paint to mix up three different colors of gray: a very dark gray, a medium gray, and a light gray.  Now you can start painting! I suggest painting a couple of sample boards to get comfortable with the technique and learn what look you like. 

Start painting by dipping the sea sponge into the lightest gray paint and dabbing it on to create the light/dark marble variations.  

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Add the marble veins by dipping the tip of the feather into the darker gray paints and dragging and wiggling it across the countertop. Occasionally flip and push the feather (rather than pulling it) to create natural looking veins. Then lightly dry brush the vein with your cheap bristled brush to soften it. 

Sponge over any of the veins with the lighter colors to soften the vein or create a feeling of depth. 

5. Step Back and Check Out Your Work

Stand back often to look at the countertop and see how it looks from a distance. Be sure to place it under the lighting that it will be under — when I put it in place, I decided that mine was too dark, so I used white paint and sponged over the whole thing. I even sponged out nearly the whole middle section with white paint since I felt that there were too many similar veining patterns. Sponging over areas actually works to your advantage, as it makes the veins look deeper and more natural. (That’s called a happy accident.)

6. Glitter Time

To give your countertops a truly remarkable faux  marble finish, you need glitter! Not large pieces of glitter like I was originally picturing when I read about putting glitter on faux finish countertops (duh moment!) — use a very fine glitter, the kind that looks like sand or dust. I used the white iridescent glitter from a Creatology brand glitter pack from Michael’s. 

You should dust the countertop with glitter while the paint is still wet, but I just sponged white paint wherever I wanted the glitter and then sprinkled it with fine iridescent white glitter. It really does look like natural mineral deposits on your faux marble!

7. Sealing the Countertop

Most of the faux granite/stone countertop tutorials I read used a product called EnviroTex Lite to seal their countertops. You can buy it at Hobby Lobby or online. I didn’t want to drive to the other end of the valley to Hobby Lobby or pay shipping to order online, so I looked around a bit and found that I could get a similar product at Home Depot, which was a much shorter drive.  It’s called Super Glaze, and it is a two-part epoxy that pours on and is the equivalent of using 60 coats of varnish. I bought two boxes ($25 each) based on the information on the package, but I only ended up using one (and had a lot left over) to cover my counter of approximately 6 square feet. 

8. Prep the Edges and Area

First, tape off the raw edges of your countertop. You don’t want any epoxy build-up on them or the countertop might not fit back into place. 

Place a good drop cloth beneath the project to catch all the runoff — the resin will not come off anything it comes in contact with. Level the counter; the Super Glaze self-levels and you’ll want it to spread out evenly. 

9. Mix the Epoxy

Next comes the scary part: mixing the epoxy! Read the directions on the box and follow them very closely. I mixed part A and part B in a bucket and stirred for the required time, even having my sister time me so it was exact!

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At this point, the mixture looks yellow but it will spread out and dry clear, so don’t panic!

Following the directions, I poured the mixture into another bucket and stirred for the required time again. Then, it’s ready to pour!

10. Pour on the Epoxy

Once you pour some epoxy on the countertops, start spreading it out. Anything you use to spread it will have to be thrown away, so use something disposable. Bigger spreading tools will make it easier! I used plastic putty knives I had on hand, but I wish I had listened to my mother and picked up the $2 giant disposable spreader at the store. 

Smooth out the mixture as best you can and let it run right off the edges. It looks like glass. It will level as it sits, and you have to work quickly to get it spread before it begins to set up. 

Be sure to check all the edges and so everything is covered. (After mine dried, I found two tiny spots on the front edge that we missed, which I touched up with clear fingernail polish.)

Under the front edges, I used a sponge brush to catch the drips so they wouldn’t harden and create a bumpy edge. Do this several times during the first hour as it dries. You’ll also want to remove the tape around the raw edges of the counter — I removed mine within the first hour after pouring the epoxy. 
 

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Once the surface is covered, DON’T TOUCH IT! But do look closely for air bubbles. Other tutorials that I read used a blow torch or their own breath to pop the bubbles. My torch wouldn’t light so we just blew on all the air bubbles that we could find — if I did it again I would try the blow torch. 

11. Allow It To Cure

After you get all the bubbles out, let it sit for 3 days to dry and cure (according to the package directions) and then you can install it.   YAY!!

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TOTAL COST
$5 countertop
$25 Super Glaze
FREE Paint left over from other projects
Grand Total $30!!

 

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Comments

  1. Beth says

    That is truly amazing. I think I will eventually try that in my laundry room (to go over pink laminate) to match our new quartz kitchen countertops. Thanks!

  2. Christina in Cleveland says

    WOW!!! Love the look of the new counter tops! I really appreciate you sharing your experiences and insight. Very welcome advice! Someone I know just remodeled their vintage home with Carrera marble counter tops. Um.. no. Never ever EVER have real marble counter tops. Too great of a risk of staining. Unless you like the look of stained marble.

  3. Laura says

    WOW!!!!! This is brilliant!!! My question- I would love to do this on my bathroom counters (they are currently a pinkish cultured marble- yuck) and I’m wondering if this can be done with the counter tops already installed? My sinks are part of the counter and not separate, do you think this would hold up for the inside of the sinks? Would love your input, thanks!

    Laura

  4. says

    I’m considering doing this in my kitchen and just wondering how it’s held up over time… can you set hot pots on it or do you have to be really careful around it?

    • Cass says

      Thanks for commenting, Corrine! I think marble is so classic, it will look great with any color cabinets — if you look up “light wood cabinets with marble” there are some beautiful kitchens with cabinets like yours and marble counters. Good luck!

    • Cass says

      Hi Michaela! Our friend Ronda over at Batchelors Way is the one who did this project, which we loved and wanted to feature here :) So if you’ll head over to her site (linked up toward the top of the post) then you can ask her there. I believe she may have even already posted an update about how it’s holding up. Either way, she’ll have more information for you! Thanks!

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