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How to Paint Countertops to Look Like Honed Marble

How to Paint Countertops to Look Like Honed Marble

If you want your home to have a marble design, but don't have the budget for it, don't worry, there is an alternative. You can paint your laminate countertop to look just like marble. This is more affordable than natural marble. The best part is that you don't need to be an expert for it to look nice, here are steps to go about it.

In this article, you learn how to paint countertops to look like honed marble:

Materials to use when painting countertops to look like honed marble

● Oil-based primer

● Small foam paint roller

● Sandpaper

● White paint and Gray paint

● A feather

● Paintbrushes

● Painter’s sponge

● Envirotex Lite

● Two disposable containers

● Two paint stirrers

● A measuring cup

● Plastic drop cloth

● Painter’s tape

● Disposable gloves

● Palm Sander

● Butane Torch

● Level

Step 1. The first step in the actual painting process is sanding. Lightly sand the entire countertop with 100-150 grit sandpaper.

Use a small foam roller to roll a coat of oil-based primer over the counters, including the edges. Allow the primer to dry completely and lightly sand the surface with 220 grit sandpaper.

Use a roller to roll a coat of white paint over the entire countertop and allow it to dry. Once the white color is dry, it’s time to start adding the variation found in a natural piece of stone, followed by the grain using a feather which will be the most realistic grain pattern.

Step 2. Measure equal amounts of each liquid. Mix the Envirotex Lite according to the package instructions. Pour it onto your countertops and use an inexpensive paintbrush to help spread it to cover the entire surface.

You can use a disposable drinking cup and draw a line as a measurement line.

Wait fifteen minutes and then use a small butane torch to remove the tiny bubbles from the finish.

Do not allow anything to touch your countertops for at least eight hours. They will be fully hardened after three days. If any drips of resin on the underside of your honed look like countertops, you can scrape them off with a paint scraper.

Additional Tips

Preparation Matters a lot: You must take time to clean and prepare your counter. Before you get started painting, be sure to use painters tape to protect anything around your counters that you don’t want painted. It may include the backsplash, the sink, and the cooktop. Preparations will go a long way to determine the outcome.

Veining – Use water. To make it look like actual veins, make sure you dab or spray water over them using a soft paintbrush just after you've painted on them.

You’ll often be discouraged from doing this for fear that it may not stand the test of time. However, from my personal experience, I've discovered that water is essential to creating real-looking veins.

Final Thought

This is an affordable and beautiful way to paint your countertops to look like honed marble. Plus, honed marble countertops are a timeless look that won't go out of style anytime soon.

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