This was a project that I shared on the Mycolor blog, but I wanted to post it here too, so I can remember it!
A couple of weeks ago, I started feeling very crafty, and wanted to paint something in my own house (lately, that hasn't been happening much). I was browsing blogs when I came across Danika's post on faux cararra marble. (She is awesome, no?!)
Anyway, here is what I did:
It started out like this... plain white laminate:
I primed it with an oil-based primer (Zinsser) and waited for it to dry...
MyColor™ inspired by PANTONE’s “Griffin” and “Bright White” were my two paint colors, and I also used glaze and water. Any type of glaze brand will do. I vary what I buy – depends on which store I’m at, really… you can learn to work with any glaze, once you get used to it.
I also used a feathering brush (the fluffy brush– it feathers out harsh lines, which gives organic looks you need in a lot of natural faux finishes, IE, wood, marble, etc.), various artist brushes, and sea sponges.
First, I dragged some gray on with my angular Purdy brush (1.5″) per Danika’s instructions, then feathered them out a LOT with my feathering brush. Something I think I did a lot more of than Danika is actually using a lot of white paint and glaze to go back in and calm down any harsh lines made. I would say I did more of than than even using gray paint. Basically, you just want to play with it until it feels right. This first step is to create depth, and almost a cloudy, organic looking background for your marble.
Then, I was done! I did add two coats of a highgloss latex polyurethane on top the next day. I used latex so that it wouldn't yellow over time.
(this next photo was before I added the poly)
Maybe a little cheesy, but pretty realistic, no?!