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Project

Faux Marble Table How-To

Materials

  • Damp cloth
  • Wood filler
  • Sand paper
  • Primer
  • Off-white and white flat paint
  • Artist's brush
  • Mauve paint
  • Natural bristle brush
  • Plastic container
  • 4 ounces alkyd glaze
  • 1/2 teaspoon black artist's oil paint
  • 4 ounces mineral spirits

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Clean previously painted pieces with a damp cloth. Fill nail holes with wood filler, and lightly sand the entire surface. Reclean with cloth.

  2. Step 2

    For table legs, apply 2 coats of primer; let dry. Apply 2 coats of off-white paint. For tabletop, apply 2 coats of primer; let dry. Apply 2 coats of white flat paint; let dry.

  3. Step 3

    With an artist's brush, paint flat surfaces of the legs with mauve paint, leaving the carved section the lighter color; let dry.

  4. Step 4

    In a plastic container, combine 4 ounces alkyd glaze, 1/2 teaspoon black artist's oil paint, and 4 ounces mineral spirits. Mix well. Apply with natural-bristle brush, working glaze into recesses.

  5. Step 5

    Wipe away excess glaze from raised areas with rag and remove excess from crevices with dry brush.

  6. Step 6

    In 3 plastic containers, mix glazes by combining the following: 4 ounces gray, beige, or light-gray latex paint (1 pigment per container); 4 ounces latex glaze; and 8 ounces water. With a balled-up cotton rag, apply gray glaze in dabs, making each a different weight and size and overlapping them. Rotate your hand and wrist to alter the angle, creating a stonelike texture.

  7. Step 7

    While gray glaze is still wet, dab on beige glaze with a clean rag in the same manner so that the colors blend together. Let dry.

  8. Step 8

    Repeat with light-gray glaze, this time following a more uniform pattern; lightly cover most of the surface to unify and lighten the texture. Let dry overnight. Apply coat of waterbased polyurethane with a synthetic brush.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2006

Reviews (2)

  • 7 May, 2009

    Not the best technique I've seen for marbeling.

  • 7 Feb, 2008

    Great "hot to" . . .I hope to give it a go this summer.