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How To Create a Faux Marble Table Design

Difficulty Level: Easy

Budget Friendly

I bought this table and chairs set at IKEA for my first apartment almost 10 years ago.  I have held onto it for at least three moves and it was getting a little beat up.  I wanted to revive the set and give it an upgraded twist.  

I reupholstered the chairs see How I Upgraded My Old Bar Stool Chairs so then I wanted to do something to the table to make it look more unique as well.

I have recently been doing DIY projects using  Marble effect spray paint.  I was really impressed with how easy it was to use and the results so I decided to try it on the table. This is a fun little project until we come up with a more permanent solution for the space.

I wouldn’t recommend doing faux marble painting on countertops or surfaces that are going to get wet frequently or where you would put hot pans but for this project it was perfect.  I also love using it for crafts like I did on my project How to Make a Decorative Wood Kitchen Board

Here are the Supplies I used:

  • Measuring Tape
  • White Paint(Smokey White Behr)
  • Montana Cars Marble Effect Spray Paint in Gold
  • Sanding Block
  • A roll of white paper
  • Sponge Paint Brushes
  • Painters Tape
  • T-Square
  • Finishing Gloss Paint

Step 1: Clean your surface:

Its important to wipe down the surface you’re painting so that you don’t get crumbs or dust in your paint. This can effect the texture of your paint and leave bubbles or unwanted bumps in your design.

Step 2: Measure where you want to draw your lines for the strip

I measured the total width of the table and then divided it in half.  It was about 21.5 inches so then I marked the half way point on the table.   At the half way point I measures 5.5 inches to the left then I marked that. Then I measured 5.5 inches to the right of the half way point and marked that.  (I repeated this step for the opposite side of the table) Now I used the two end points as width for the strip.

Step 3: Draw the Strip

I used a T-Square and I put across the table, connecting the lines on both side of the table.  Then I used a while pencil and drew two straignt lines across the table.

Step 4:Tape off the section you don’t want to paint

Since I had the lines where I wanted to paint now I used painters tape and taped the lines. Then I covered the sections I didn’t want to get paint on with the white sheet paper

Step 5: Sand the section you want to paint

I used the sanding block and sanded the strip before I painted it.

Step 6: Paint the strip white

I used white paint and the sponge paint brush and did a couple coats on the strip. I let this dry for a few hours

Step 7: Practice using the marble spray paint.

Its always good with any spray paint to try it on a piece of paper first.  This way you understand how the paint flows before you use it on your item. With marble spray paint you can make different effects depending on how close or how far you spray.  Using it on the paper first will give you an idea of how far to spray from to get the desired effect.   Spraying farther away creates thinner lines and closer up makes thicker areas. I like to do a mix of the up close and far away sprays to make it look more natural.

Step 8: Use the Marble effect on top of the White Paint

I started out sparsely spraying the gold  paint over the white area.  Then I filled in the sections that looked a little bare.  I did some spray close up and some far away for a mix of thinner and thicker lines.  I let the paint dry for a few hours

Step 9: Remove painters tape

I removed the painter’s tape to reveal the final product

Step 10: Gloss over the paint

Since we still use the table frequently, I wanted to make sure the paint wouldn’t chip so I used a gloss over it to protect it

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