It’s no secret…countertops can be extremely expensive. They also can make or break a room when it comes to design. Well, that was the situation in our bathroom–I wanted to lighten and brighten up the room. I wanted lots of whites and black–no brown. The countertop, a brown faux stone had to go but we didn’t want to pour a ton of money into a full blown renovation. So, I took matters into my own hands. And honestly, I could do this for a living. I loved this process and I had so much fun!
If you are an artist, a homeowner on a budget, or someone who just loves to get their hands dirty to make something beautiful this tutorial is for you! Let’s start with your supply list.
-Sand Paper or a Sanding Block
-TSP or TSP Substitute*
-Rubber Gloves, Goggles, and a Mask (protective gear)
-Foam Roller, Sponge, Small Artists Brush, 1″-2″ Painting Brush, Torn Cardboard or a Feather.
-Oil Based Protective Enamel (your base color)
-Latex Paint (in three shades)
***Click pictures for direct links to supplies and specific product recommendations
Step 1: Prep the Area
The first step is to make sure your surface is ready for paint. You’ll first lightly sand the area to “scratch up the area.” This is going to help your surface get rid of any protective coatings and create a slight “grit.” Follow this by using a TSP or TSP substitute–this will remove any shellac from the surface. *Follow the label instructions. And per those instructions use protective gear. Like most things protect your hands, eyes, and don’t breathe it in!
Step 2: Create the Base
Once the area is cleaned from the TSP, prepped, and dry, you’re now ready to roll on your base layer of oil based paint. Make sure your coat is light–the thicker the more chance of bubbles and imperfections. Let dry overnight, in a well ventilated area. I opened the window and brought in a fan to waft out fumes. If you think you need a second layer of paint go ahead and roll on another coat.
Step 3: Create the Pattern
There are many different techniques you can do to get the stone look you’re going for… I wanted our counter to look like Calcutta Marble. Therefore, I focused on creating deep veins that got lighter and blended well with the white base. I did a lot of research from about 20 different blogs, YouTube videos, and interior designers. Resurfacing a countertop wasn’t my original invention. However, that pattern was all me… and when you do this in your home that pattern will be all YOU!
I first took white latex paint and “sponge painted” the surface to create a wet, blendable base for my pattern. Next, I took thin torn cardboard to create my veins. Some bloggers recommend using feathers. I lightly went diagonally–from the top left corner slightly to the bottom right corner–with my middle (grey) color. I continued blending and adding black or white depending on shading throughout the piece.
Use the tools you need. I went back and forth between my sponge, a small artists brush, a 1″ painting brush, and the cardboard. This was basically the canvas and I was Bob Ross, haha!
Here’s some quick tips on creating faux marble:
-The viens in marble never go vertically or horizontally. They always go diagonally.
-There will always be some texture. Use a sponge to create more of a stone looking affect and to blend your darker colors with the lighter ones.
-Don’t forget the edges. Marble never is just the surface the veins run all the way through.
-Just not sure what “pattern” to do? Simply look in your local countertop dealer for small samples of real marble or granite. Most will let you take photos or take home a sample, mimic that.
Step 4: Protect Your Work
One of the most used products in our home is Polyacrylic. I use it to seal and protect the majority of my DIY projects including this one. I love it because unlike polyurethane (oil based) it doesn’t yellow my surface. It is water based so just make sure your counter dries overnight, preferably 24 hours, before any water gets on the surface. Allow the directed 30 minutes to 1 hour between coats. I recommend 3-4 light coats simply because it is a countertop that will get used. To maintain just wipe clean with warm water or a mild cleaner.
Step 5: ENJOY!
You did it! And your countertop looks amazing! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Be sure to share it with your friends and “PIN” it for later. Wanting more inspiration? Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for more daily inspiration!