Faux marble is a great way to add an aesthetically pleasing texture to any wooden furniture piece, and not to mention, at a fraction of the cost of real marble! For this tutorial we will be using a dresser, but feel free to apply this technique on any well sanded wooden furnishing you have. Although, we do recommend that you only use it on table-like structures, so the marble illusion can truly work its magic! If you have any questions about this blog or painting in general, don’t hesitate to contact your local Houston Painting Contractors, Pro Painters, for more information.
The first thing you need to do, as with most painting projects, is to thoroughly sand the top surface of your dresser. This will help give the surface a more coarse texture which will help the paint adhere better. After this is done, try your best to clear the area of dust as well as any grime that might be settled on top. Then, gently rub a tack cloth around the surface to thoroughly remove the fine particles. Once done, you can now begin the painting process.
First begin by taking three shades of green acrylic craft paint. You will need a cool aqua green, a medium forest green, and finally a dark forest green. Squeeze out three dabs of each color on a paper plate and then gently dab a sea sponge on them. Without smearing them together, make sure to get a bit of each color on the sponge. Next, dab and smear the paint loaded sponge onto the dresser’s surface. Work in tight rotations to ensure a marble-like design. If you desire a less dark hue, blot off the sponge with a paper towel each time before you apply the paint. Once the paint has dried, you can begin adding the marble veins which will help grant you the desired metamorphic appearance.
First, dip a fine pointed brush into some white paint. You may also want to dilute the paint first as well as add a slight tinge of green to it. Next, lightly squiggle the paint onto the surface to give the appearance of rock veins protruding through the surface. It may help to research pictures of marble to ensure a realistic application.
After your marble veins have dried you can now add a coat of high-gloss polyurethane. This will help give the surface a nice sheen as well as offer a protective layer to your paint. With this cheap and easy method you can now make any room in your home seem luxurious! If you ever need further assistance on this exercise or any other paint related project, feel free to get in touch with a Houston Painting Company, to help get the job done right.