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Building With Faux Marble

When you decorate a home, faux marble might be a possible solution to a tight budget. Marble is a great product to work with when you lay a new countertop. However marble can also be fairly expensive. If your budget does not allow for the use of real marble, you can consider faux marble.

Understanding the Faux Marble Technique

This painting technique simulates a marble finish and covers up the old countertop. By taking this step, you are, in essence, receiving a new countertop. If done correctly, this faux marble technique provides the same elegance and style as a regular marble countertop, and no one else has to know.

Mixing the Paint

For a faux marble finish, you will have to mix some paint in the right combinations to get the correct effect. You create the marble effect by applying several layers of tinted glaze and a white base coat. From there, you work in a graduation of shades by using a little bit of artist's oil paint or tinted paint.

This is where things can go wrong so you want to experiment with different bases, glazes and tints to achieve the right combination for an opaque or translucent finish.

Applying the Paint

Working with faux marble, after you mix everything, then follows basic painting techniques. Brush on the faux marble mixture by using vertical brush strokes and feathering out the paint from there. Try to keep even lines and use enough paint so that you can see no brush strokes. Adding some of the faux marble effect, however, will require a little more patience and time.

Working with Different Surfaces

Depending on the surface you are going to be painting, you will apply a different type of base coat. For wood or metal, you would use an undercoating of a color that will either bring out or hide the base. This can be a darker color that is the same as the surface base you are working with.  When applying the faux marble to walls, you will want to stick with a white base coat. Other laminate countertops can be a white or eggshell color.

It can be a good idea to add another coat, if for nothing else than depth of the faux marble finish.

Creating the Marble Effect

Using a small brush and artist's oil paint, you can create veins across the surface. This gives substance to the faux marble and is usually different colors depending on the undercoating. You can then work with a sponge to alter some of the lines and give it a finished look.

Applying the Glaze

Applying the glaze is the last step to working with faux marble. Once you have the previous steps completed you will need to add a protective coating of glaze. Finish it off with a clear coat of gloss varnish followed by a satin varnish to give the surface shine and strength. After it dries, look for any "dead" spots. These are spots where there isn't much of a shine. Another small, thin coat of glaze and varnish will help liven it up.

Article from topics: Building With Faux Marble

2010