Do you ever find yourself drooling over all of the beautiful kitchens on Pinterest & TV? With their amazing, marble countertops…pretty white cabinets..fabulous light fixtures & hardware. I know I do. Which is why I was determined to create my own ‘dream’ kitchen, on a budget- of course.

A year ago, we moved into our current house. Don’t get me wrong. I love our home, and it has some great things about it- but the kitchen was most definitely not one of them!


Kitchen before

Purple counter tops. Why? just, WHY? and don’t get me started on the blonde oak cabinets.

If you loathe your countertops as much as I did, have no fear. Here is a solution for you!



What you will need:

  • Bonding Primer ( I used Valspar)
  • At least 3 different shades of gray paint
  • clear glitter (not white, just clear.)
  • Sea sponge
  • Paint brush
  • 2- Foam Rollers
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Painters tape
  • Feather
  • Polycrylic

First, you need to start off by moving any appliances out of the way. ( I did after pictures were taken)

Second,  clean all of the countertops to remove any dirt, grease, or oil. (My go to cleaner is TSP, but windex works too.)

 After your countertops have thoroughly dried, start by taping off any areas you do not want the paint to get on. (walls, sink, etc.)


After everything is taped off, start by giving the countertops a coat of bonding primer using your foam roller. Mine took about two coats, and I sanded with a fine grit sandpaper in between coats.

Also, I highly recommend having a piece of real marble, or at least a picture handy so that you can study the veining and shading  of the marble while you are creating yours. I used this marble paper towel holder as my reference.

color choices

Now it’s time to gather your supplies to create the marble pattern. I just used regular ole’  black acrylic paint and mixed it with my white bonding primer to create various shades of gray. (Dark, medium, light, and plain white)

sponge layeringUsing your sea sponge, start by sponging on the medium gray. Focus on certain areas, like real marble-rather than sponging all over. Be sure to work in small sections at a time.

featheringJust before your paint dries, use your paint brush to sort of “feather” the areas, so they aren’t as harsh. This is why I like to work in smaller sections.

marble veinsNext, grab your feather. Dip the tip in the darker gray and VERY, very gently drag it along the medium gray sections to create the veining.  Study your piece of marble, and notice the direction of the veins. Most of the time they are mainly running vertically, so that’s what I did. Try not to over- think this part. It’s not meant to be perfect.

 You will take your sea sponge, and start laying the light gray in some areas, followed by the white. Try not to cover the veining completely.

Take a step back. look at your countertops & decided where you need more shading/white. Sometimes you might need to even leave the room and come back in, or enlist the help of a fresh set of eyes.

counter before poly

when you are happy with them, sponge on your white paint in some areas and sprinkle with the clear glitter. This part is the icing on the cake. The clear glitter adds so much & really makes it look like real marble!

After you are finished, take off your tape, and retape your area. (to make sure you didn’t miss any spots under the tape.)

Finish off by applying 3-5 coats minimum of Polyacrylic using a foam roller. Sand using a fine grit sandpaper, and then wipe down with a wet cloth in between coats.

also, in order to keep your faux marble countertops looking as great as day one, here are a few simple tips;

  • Avoid putting heavy items on counters for at least 48 hrs
  • Avoid cutting directly on counters
  • Avoid putting any hot pots or pans directly on counters
  • I recommend staying away from using magic erasers on counters (I’ve never had a problem, but those things are pretty harsh.)



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Last, but not least- Enjoy your new faux marble countertops!


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