How to Create a Faux Marble Finish on Your Furniture

What You'll Need
Drop cloth
Foam brush
Masking tape
Bristle brush
Rubber gloves
Lint-free cloths
Small sea sponge
180-grit sandpaper
320-grit sandpaper
Water-based wood filler
Water-based white paint
Water-based paint color

A faux marble finish on a piece of furniture makes it look more beautiful. It is not a project that is restricted to a particular room only, but you can do it in all the rooms in the house. In order to make a faux marble finish, you need some important things first.

Step 1 – Choosing and Preparing the Working Area

The room where you are going to do this job must have good ventilation and make sure that the temperature is not lower than 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the workbench with a drop cloth and cardboard or old newspapers if necessary.

If there are some holes on the wooden surface of the furniture, fill them up with water-based wood filler. Now soak the wood with water spray and wait for about half an hour to let it dry before you sand it with 180-grit sandpaper.

Step 2 – Painting the Surface of the Furniture

After you have finished sanding, make sure you have removed all the tiny particles sanded away from the furniture. You can remove these particles with a vacuum or a static cloth. Stir the paint gently in the can before you start painting. Use a foam bush as a paintbrush and paint two layers of white paint or base coat. Let it dry for a few hours.

Now you need the feather to paint the second color, which in this case is black, over the previous white paint. As you paint with the feather, you should be able to create marble-like veins. In the end, you must check that the veins that you have just created resemble bolts of lightning or the branches of a tree. Wait for about 5 minutes for the veins to dry.

Step 3 – Painting With the Sea Sponge

Put some white paint in a plate or container and mix it with an equivalent part of polyacrylic gloss. Make sure the sponge is damp before you dip it into the paint. Remove any excess paint on a paper towel. Place the sponge gently on the surface to make the veins a bit softer. Wait for five minutes to let the paint dry.

Use a clean cloth and move it across the surface in a blotting motion to mix the colors of the paint together. Leave the paint to dry for half an hour. Mark the veins with the feather and let it dry for two hours.

Step 4 – Applying the Finish Top Coat

Stir the top coat paint in the can and then paint the wood with it. Make sure you follow the grain when you are painting. Let the paint dry for a couple of hours and sand the surface gently with 320-grit sandpaper. Remove the particles of paint that you have sanded away.

Make sure that you wash the brushes thoroughly with water. Remember that you cannot use the furniture right away; you need to wait for at least a week before you start using it.