Check out my new DIY carrara marble countertops!
You can watch the "how to" video below and learn how to do it
Check out the end result...
Over Spring Break, I decided our black butcher block countertops at our little Bald Head house were ugly and dark. The kitchen is tiny and it needed a little brightening up. So... you know the drill. Read had a business trip and we had a couple of rainy days. I called my counter top source, I really did. I asked them to price out a marble for the tiny space and it was a FORTUNE. Yep, once you factor in the barge and installation, it was way out of the budget.
Plus, Read was out of town and well.... I got an idea.
Disclaimer: If I can do this, so can you.
Another Disclaimer: I am not a fan of faux finishes in general, but when you don't have the funds, you get creative.
Here is what you need - I had most of these supplies in my garage left over from old projects.
If you have wood or laminate counters, this could work for you!
I started by
drinking sanding the countertops with sandpaper (120 grit) and then primed them with a primer.
You want them to be rough enough so the primer and paint will stick.
Then, I painted the counter with an alkyd paint in white gloss. The alkyd paint goes on like an oil but washes off like latex (with water) which makes it easier to work with.
Then, with a large angled brush (while the white paint is still wet), create gray jagged sections throughout the surface. Make sure it is random, for a more realistic effect.
Last, once you have created the look you want, you can seal it with a water based sealant. If you want a honed marble look, you can use a satin finish. For a polished look, use a gloss finish.
I prefer Minwax Polycrylic. It washes off easily with water and if you apply 3 thick coats, the surface will have a beautiful sheen and will hold up to wear. Make sure you DO NOT use a polyurethane.
TIP: Even if they claim they are "non-yellowing", they still turn yellow over white.
Go for it! It is so much easier than it looks and in one afternoon, you could transform your space. Definitely try this at home...
Oh, and when Read came home, he walked in and said:
"I don't want to know how much those marble counters cost!"
bye bye birdie-