Marble is a lavish material with a hefty price tag. Instead of paying a large amount of money to cover your walls with marble, use a faux finish technique to give your home the look of opulence. Faux finishing with a marble appearance involves several steps, but the random veins and coloring of natural marble makes this faux finish one that is hard to mess up. Use a faux marble finish on focal walls, countertops and columns in your home.
1 Cover furniture and floors surrounding the area you are painting with a drop cloth. Remove any pictures, electrical plates and lighting from the wall. Cover exposed electrical outlets with painter’s tape and tape off the edges of the wall.
2 Wipe down the wall with mineral spirits to remove dirt, dust and grease. Let the mineral spirits evaporate.
3 Paint a coat of latex primer in white over the walls using a foam roller. Allow the first coat of primer to dry, then paint a second coat.
4 Apply a coat of white or cream satin latex paint to your walls as a base color using a foam roller; let dry overnight.
5 Mix 2 cups of one color of satin latex paint with 2 cups latex glaze and 2 cups water to create a faux finish glaze. Repeat for the second color of latex satin paint. Choose two colors that are in the same color family, such as a light tan and slightly darker brown. When choosing paint colors, stick to two shades on the same paint swatch.
6 Use one paintbrush to pick up the glaze of the lighter color and paint it onto the wall in an uneven line. Paint a second line with the second color six to eight inches from the first line.
7 Dampen cheesecloth and wrap into a tight ball, making sure no threads are dangling. Using a figure eight pattern, blend the two colors together, spreading the glaze over the wall. Continue blending until you achieve the color variation you desire. Repeat the steps until you cover the entire wall in the blended glaze. Let the glaze dry completely.
8 Dip a dagger brush in the darker of the two glazes and begin painting vein lines onto the wall. The vein lines are uneven lines that often stop abruptly and branch of off each other. Begin painting just a few vein lines and step back to look before adding more. While the glaze is still damp, use a dry paintbrush to blend the lines and create a fade on the edge of the line. Let the lines dry completely.
9 Prepare a white glaze made using the same measurements as the glazes for the marble color. Lightly run a feather dipped in the white glaze over areas of the wall to add to the marble effect. Blend the marks with damp cheesecloth; allow the wall to dry overnight.
10 Cover the wall with at least one coat of nonyellowing polyurethane to give the polished look of marble. Apply using a foam roller and allow to dry overnight. Remove the painter’s tape and reattach any lighting or wall outlet covers.
Items you will need
- Drop cloth
- Painter’s tape
- Mineral spirits
- Paint tray
- White or cream satin latex paint
- Satin latex paint in two shades of the same color
- Latex glaze
- Plastic containers
- 2 quality paintbrushes, 2 ½-inch
- Dagger brush
- White feather
- Nonyellowing polyurethane
- If the glaze dries before you are able to blend, spray with water to dampen the glaze.
- When the cheesecloth becomes saturated with glaze, rinse out and wring dry to continue using.
- Dispose of the rags used with mineral spirits in a sealed metal container full of dirt or sand.
- Do not allow children in the room where you are painting. Open windows and use fans to allow the proper ventilation.
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