Painting Marble Countertops: Step by Step Guide [2022]


Marble painting over laminate countertops is not only an economical option, but it is also an environmentally responsible one. If you want to update the appearance of your kitchen countertops but have a limited budget, faux marble painting is an excellent alternative for achieving a high-end effect.

If you’ve read this post, you already know that my family and I are putting our home up for sale. My only regret is that I did not upgrade our kitchen when we first moved here. Because of how cheap it was, the only thing that it actually cost me was part of my time.

In addition, I installed brand new cabinet bar pulls, which I bought from Houzz but can also obtain from this shop. I was motivated to redecorate my kitchen after seeing Tasha’s (Designer Trapped) transformation. She had cabinets of a comparable vintage type, and she complimented them well by adding contemporary hardware.

After painting the counters in my kitchen, everything now flows better while also breaking up the monotony of the white. It really benefited from having texture and character added by the imitation marble countertops. In the past, these counters were simply a simple whiteish color. Because they were also utilized as the backsplash, I just kept using marble all the way up.

I painted over laminate countertops using the following materials:

  • Krud Kutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Kilz / Primer
  • foam rollers
  • Enamel Craft Paints (black, white = gray, & umber brown)
  • Sea Sponge
  • 2 in paint brushes
  • 3 in foam brushes
  • Gloss Polycrylic

Permit me to state for the record that the polycrylic has functioned perfectly for both the sealer and I, and it is holding up extremely well. According to what I’ve read, many individuals struggle with it. If you don’t work quickly enough and use the appropriate method, it will almost certainly leave bubbles and streaks.

The most important one is that you are only allowed to repeat yourself a few times in any given region before moving on. You shouldn’t do anything, even if you discover a buildup or a bubble. When polycrylic dries, it quickly becomes sticky. I can guarantee that it will make that place much worse (and larger). After it has had time to dry, softly sand it down, and then apply a new coat.

Apply it in very limited amounts of space (like a foot). You can use a paintbrush or even a foam roller, but the finished product WILL contain bubbles. Immediately, using your 3-inch foam brush, and making sure that the brush is mostly dry before moving on to a new region, run the foam brush over the sealer in the direction of your marble (or rotate each coat, as I did.)

Once again, rapidly draw it along the sealer to smooth out the finish as it is simultaneously pulling out all of the bubbles. It is OK to overlap halfway through each stroke; however, you may only do it once (at most twice).

The following are the methods I used while painting a fake marble finish on laminate countertops:

Put your Krud Kutter to good use and give your countertops a thorough cleaning. Sand the whole area quickly, and then wash it one more.

After it has dried, using a foam roller, apply a thick layer of primer on the surface. Please allow the item to dry for many hours.

Now comes the part where we talk about the painting process.

I attempted to recreate a marble that looked like a blend of Altintas, Arabescato Vagli, and Pushtulimsky stones. The stone is mostly white and gray in color, with some brown hues present. Find some photographs that can help you become inspired.

It’s not necessary to have a steady hand in order to perform this!! It will seem to be more natural if you make it more squiggly. You should make an effort to maintain the veins traveling in the same general direction, but you should feel free to create as many veins (lines) and breakaway veins as you see fit. Only work in parts that are between one and two feet in length at a time.

Put your white paint, a few different shades of gray paint, and your brown paint out on the table.

Create a lighter shade of one of the grays and dilute it by about half and half.

Use a liner or, even better, a feather artist brush to paint fine jagged lines of dark gray throughout the canvas.

To somewhat soften the appearance of the lines or veins, use your sponge and some diluted gray paint to dab over the top of them.

You may even form additional veins with the sponge by pressing down (and over) as if you were scrubbing, and then leaving the gray that has been watered down to resemble lighter, more fractured places.

To give it some color, put in a few little brown veins here and there.

After that, I just went back over areas and more defined lines, dabbing white with my 2 in brush to make them seem more natural and less “painted.” I did this so they would not look like they were just painted.

How to Complete Painting Over Laminate Countertops:

Give your design a full day to dry while using it very little or not at all.

In the end, I finished off the project by applying around four coats of polycrylic, leaving between 24 and 36 hours between each finish.

Look at this page to learn how to create the market fruit basket.

This will take a significant amount of time, but when you are through, you will recognize that all of your hard work paid off and that you saved thousands of dollars by imitating a high-end design.

You are more than welcome to ask me anything you want to know about painting over laminate countertops.

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