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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Laundry Room - DIY Countertops Part 2 - Faux Painting

I'm back with the actual post about how I faux painted my counter. 
Go here to check out the how we got this counter top. 

Last time I left you with my lovely sample boards. 
 I decided that I liked something in between these two samples.
Anyways, let's get down to how I did this.

I had read this post from Gorgeous Shiny Things and this post from In My Own Style.  I combined some info from both posts and from my own experience here with faux painting my mother's hearth.  
I started by filling in the small hole or chip in the surface followed by a light sanding.  I then used a white primmer for glossy surfaces. 
 Two coats!!!

Once it was dry I lightly sanded the whole thing and then gathered my supplies:
Small Stir Sticks
Cheap Paint Brush

I used left over paint because that's what I had, you could also use craft paint.  I just mixed up three different colors of grey.  
I started by dipping the sea sponge into the lightest paint color and dabbing it on wherever it looked good.  Then I started veining.  I dipped the tip of the feather into the darker grays and just dragged and wiggle it across the counter.  Flip and push, rather than pull, the feather occasionally to create natural looking veins.  Then lightly dry brush the vein to soften it.  You can sponge over any of it with any of the lighter colors to soften the veins or create depth.  

Stand back often to get a better look.  Once I was done, I set it in place, under the lights it would be under, and decided the whole thing was a little too dark.  I just used white paint and sponged over the whole thing.  I also felt there was too many similar veining patterns so I pretty much sponged the middle section out with white paint.  It actually works to your advantage to sponge over areas.  It makes the veins look like they are deeper in the marble.  
(That's called a happy accident.)

OK, I must confess, I had the hardest time leaving this thing alone!! I looked at it a million times a day, I thought about it as I lay in bed, I thought about it all day!!  I asked friends to look at it.  I was going crazy!! 
I just wanted it to look great!!  
(I will admit, I'm crazy at times!!!  Surely someone else out there obsesses over little details.)
Anyways on to my next step. 
Let me just say this step is truly what makes your faux finish look real!!
 This post at General Splendour and this post at Designing Dawn gave me the idea.   When I read their post I pictured large pieces of glitter and wondered, "Why in the world would they put those on their counter!!" You can't really see the glitter in the photos. Then I realized they were using fine glitter; you know, the kind that looks like sand or dust.  
(Duh moment!)
You are suppose to dust your counter with glitter while the paint is still wet, but I just went back and sponge some white paint where ever I wanted glitter.  I used white iridescent glitter.  This really does look like mineral deposits on your faux stone!!
Both bloggers used Enviro Tex Lite, but I would have had to order it on line and pay shipping or drive to Hobby Lobby. 
 (Hobby Lobby is on the other end of the valley. OK, I'm lazy or impatient!!)   
But I found that Home Depot carried a similar product and they were a lot closer.
So, I used Super Glaze!!

Parks Super Glaze is a two part epoxy that pours on and is the equivalent of  60 coats of varnish. First, I taped off the raw edges. I didn't want any build up on them for fear that the counter top wouldn't fit right back into place.  Then I leveled the counter because this stuff basically levels out with gravity and I wanted it to spread out evenly. 
Oh, by the way, make sure you have a good drop cloth underneath you project to catch all of the resin runoff. It will not come off of anything it comes in contact with.

Then came the scary part!! 
 Read the directions on the box and follow them.  I mixed part A and Part B in a bucket and stirred for the required time.
 (I had my sister time me!!)
It looks yellow but it spreads out and ends up clear, don't freak out at this point!!!

I did as instructed and poured it into another bucket and stirred for the required time.  Then we were ready to pour it on!!  

Once you pour some out, start spreading it.  I used plastic putty knives I had on hand, anything you use will have to be thrown away afterwards.  About now I was wishing I had listened to my mother and bought the giant disposable spreader for $2 when I was at the store.  Lesson learned; bigger spreading tools are better.  Anyway, smooth it out as best you can and let it run right off the edges.  It will level out as it sits.  Work quickly before it begins to set up.  It looks like glass.

I used a sponge brush to catch the drips under the front edge.  Do this several times during the first hour as it dries or you will have a very bumpy edge. Once it's spread don't touch it, but look closely for air bubbles.  One of the bloggers I read used a blow torch for this and one just used her own breath.  My blow torch wouldn't lite so we just blew on all the air bubbles we could find.  You have to blow pretty hard, if I did it again I think I would try the blow torch.  After you get all the air bubbles out you just let it sit for 3 days!!!
I pulled the tape off within the first hour.
After it was all dry I found two tiny spots on the front edge that the epoxy missed.  They were so small you couldn't notice them, but I was afraid they would start to look dirty.  Solution: touched them up with clear fingernail polish.  Good as new!!
 I bought two boxes of Super Glaze based off the info on the box.  They cost $25 a box.  I only used one box and still had a lot left over. I returned the second box, so my cost was only $25.  
Total cost:
$5 counter top
$25 Super Glaze
Paint left over from other projects FREE
Grand Total  $30!!

What do you think? 
 This is one of the only photo's you can kinda see the glitter in.  See the iridescent dots on the edge?  That's the glitter!  I wish you could see it in person, cause the glitter really adds a lot!!  So, just imagine the light occasionally bouncing off the glitter as you look at the awesomeness in the photo's below!!

I may have gone overboard in close up photo's below.  Before I started I wanted to see details and close up shots of other blogger's counters but I couldn't find many.  So I want you to have that advantage, plus I think it's so pretty.

OK tell me what you think?  Or ask any questions you may have. 
 I will report back after 6 months or a year and let you know how it stands over time.  

For now, I'm as happy as a clam with my Faux Marble!!  
So Pin It, try it or just look at it!! 
I am not going to lie, this was a scary project! 
 But I'm glad I over came my fears.
After all my stressing, I totally need some feed back!! 
 Give me some comments!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Amazing, it looks fabulous. Great tutorial too. I really, really love it. Hugs, Marty

Tina @ ClutteredCorkBoard said...

Wow.. looks good!
Thanks for sharing.

Aireeka said...

This is gorgeous. We have so many ugly countertops in our 1940's ranch style home. This may be a great option! Thanks for sharing. Who knows if I will ever be brave enough to try it.

Malisa said...

Really, really cool. Can't beat the price either!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I love the shades of grey. Looks like real marble!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I love the shades of grey. Looks like real marble! Thank you for the detailed how-to!

Bobbi said...

It looks absolutely amazing. You should be so proud of yourself. Congratulations on a job well done!

Bobbi said...

It looks absolutely amazing. You should be so proud of yourself. Congratulations on a job well done!

Leanne said...

It looks fabulous! You are just amazing and so talented.

Sweetbug Studio said...

Absolutely amazing! I can see doing it in a smaller space but I don't think I would do my kitchen in it. A "real thing' sorta girl. But heck--I would probably have butcher block in my kitchen instead! You are definately brave and it looks so real! GREAT work. AND I did not know you were a mom to SIX! Great work there too--whew!

Emma said...

Your countertop looks fabulous! I am always impressed with your ingenuity. I don't know how to fix the comment response thing in blogger. I need to have my husband take a look.

Brooke said...

Oh my beautiful! It looks fantastic.

Brooke said...

Oh my beautiful! It looks fantastic.

Megan said...

BEAUTIFUL! Seriously. If you hadn't said it wasn't marble, I would have never known. It's perfect. :)

Unknown said...

I did this years ago - and used a product that turned the whole thing yellow -
This won't turn yellow?
It's absolutely AMAZING - really really gorgeous !
And I'm definitely going to try it again in my laundry room - using the product you did - thanks SO much for sharing!
Off to pin

Stephanie @ The Cozy Old Farmhouse said...

Ok...this is probably THE best and most successful post I've seen on counter top painting! They turned out AH-mazing and SO real looking! I've seen many that make me cringe because they look rather cheesy and "crafty," but this is just beautiful! Great job! I'm pinning this in case I ever need this as a counter top solution.

Jessica said...

Thanks for showing me your laundry room the other day! It really looks great! Better in person than in the pictures, but the pictures are good. You are super talented!

Dianna F said...

Your countertops are beautiful! Well done!

Just thought I'd share a tip for bubbles in the resin. Try using a straw to blow through when you're getting rid of bubbles. You can direct the air flow and you don't have to blow nearly as hard.

Brandi said...

How beautiful! Your counters look amazing!!

Marnie said...

You think the glaze made the project but I think your faux painting looks professional! I have always wanted to faux marble my powder room walls but I'm a chicken! Great Job!!!

Marnie said...

You might think the glaze makes the countertop but I think your faux painting looks professionally done! Great Job! I've always wanted to faux marble the walls in my powder room but haven't worked up the nerve yet.

Nan @ Granny Fabulosa said...

Wow! You ARE brave! I need to try this -- if I have the nerve!

Cristina Garay said...

Ronda, your counters look AMAZING! This is truly a remarkable transformation!

Unknown said...

I love it and you helped us visual learners follow your instructions quite easily. Maybe I'll give it a shot. Thanks for posting it.

Tracy@GeneralSplendour said...

It looks amazing! Thanks for the shout out for my post at my blog post about my countertops. Great post - I am so glad it turned out GORGEOUS! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing! They turned out really beautifully. Glad that your tutorial is so detailed too because I am for sure pinning this to come back to it later in life when I own my own home!

Great job!

CK SN said...

Really looks amazing...and real! I've thought about doing this but I'm afeeered of the stink of the epoxy! And the wait time for it to dry cuz where would you do anything in the kitchen if the countertop was already connected. All that being said, I think your work is totally awwwwwwsome :-)

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

This is SO cool! I would have never guessed it's not the real thing!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Okay, that is really really cool!!! I'm so impressed!

:) Linda

Julia Hayes said...

I can't imagine how it could look any better in person! It looks so good! I am totally doing this in my master bath now! Thanks!

Julia Hayes said...

I can't imagine how it could look any better in person! It looks so good! I am totally doing this in my master bath now! Thanks!

Erika. said...

Looks so great just got an estimaten of 1,200 to replace our old laminate countertops! Made me change my mind quick but I absolutely love the finish product. But I do have concerns about doing this on a already connected countertop do yu have any suggestions? Like lightly sanding the gloss on top? I would really love your input so I'm more confident in taking on this project!

Unknown said...

This looks great. I want to do just a gray color and make it glossy. I've found a countertop painting kit by Rustoleum, and once I've done that, I plan to use the super glaze for a nice high-shine look.

Unknown said...

Hi Ronda. Love the counter top. We are in the process of a kitchen redo for house sale and have been looking for inexpensive fixes. Can you tell me...it's been over a year, how is it holding up?

Laura said...

This is like the most amazing thing I've ever seen, I NEVER comment on random posts but I have to say this is incredible. I'm sifting through DIY posts and I'm like there's no way that isn't real marble… I can't imagine mine would turn out anything like this, I think your patience and attention to detail is what made it so awesome! Great job!!

Lady Rebecca said...

Wow, I love your counters! Do you think that glaze would still work if the counters were already attached? I was thinking of using your tutorial for my kitchen countertops.

AshleyJenkins said...

You mentioned the glitter a few times in your post, but I didn't see what product or it listed in your costs OR was it a party of the Super Glaze product that you put on?

BJ said...

I saw your updated bathroom from an article on HOUZZ and thought you had replaced the counter top with marble - it looks that good!!!

Side note, as I read the HOUZZ post I thought 'this sounds just like the stuff I do - I just bet this is an LDS momma in Utah too' So I had to come and look at your blog. You're amazing!

Anonymous said...

Your marble painting is so believable and with the top coat it looks like stone in the photos. This is so impressive!

angerine said...

I found you thru Houzz too and when I saw your countertops I had to click thru to find the tute for them! It is a little intimidating since there are several places I could go SO VERY WRONG...but I think I'll give it a try anyway.
PS I did a concrete overlay on my kitchen countertops and it looks great, but this project looks much trickier!

Mother Goose said...

I love the look of this!! Great job!! How ihas it held up? Could be done on a vanity which is already installed? If I taped around the sink will I be able to remove the tape after the epoxy step? Thanks for any help!!

Melissa said...

This is so beautiful! This is exactly what I want. Champagne taste on a beer budget. I am terrified to do the veining as I do NOT have one creative bone in my body. Simply stunning and so happy I stumbled upon your blog.

Unknown said...

You can LIGHTLY MIST isopropyl alcohol across the counter top. This will pop any air bubbles without risk of damaging the new finish.

Unknown said...

Awesome idea! Great way to save money but still get that marble look!

Unknown said...

Your painting is professional level. So is your teaching. Saw laundry room on HOUZZ, then found your blog.

People should try a SAMPLE, then tackle a large project, as experience builds confidence.

Years ago my husband wanted a car painted, and I talked to a painter who did only Mercedes and other high end cars for dealerships. He said "start by removing a door skin. Paint it, and if it doesn't turn out right, sand down and do again." I followed his advice and eventually painted entire cars with expert results. I caught on fast, but if I hadn't, I would have simply messed up a door skin, not an entire car and could have then chosen to quit forever - or try until I succeeded. So, there is hope for everyone - if they start small. GO FOR IT!

Thanks for being such an inspiration for so many people


Sheena said...

Hey Rhonda! I really want to do this to our bathroom countertops! I have a question though. I've used polycrylic over paint and it yellowed slightly. Does/Did the SuperGlaze yellow at all?

Unknown said...

Another blogger recommended your finish. I'm wondering how your countertop has held up 3 years later and also if the top can stand a small amount of heat. For example, our toaster oven generates heat onto the counter and a hot cup of coffee does the same. Will this finish handle that small amount of heat?

I'd really appreciate your help in finding the right finish for some table tops I'm doing and, if those work out, I'm going to do faux granite in my kitchen. For both projects I need the finish to handle a small amount of heat. :)

Unknown said...

Did you receive a reply?

Brigitte said...

How did the counters hold up over time?

shmeer said...

I love it, your counter is beautiful!! I am getting ready to do my counters, and I just had a quick question. I am not removing my sink, I will be taping it up and using epoxy around it. Should I remove the tape in the first hour as you did? I'm afraid to wait too long, but I don't want to pull it too soon and have the resin get into my sink. Thanks!

tdespres said...

I did it! Just what you said you did, taking into consideration your warnings etc. It turned out beautiful! You're right it is even better in person! Thank you so much for all your time and effort showing us how to do it! I just love my new counters which were hideous before.
Sincerely with gratitude
Teresa D.

Unknown said...

Great counters! I'll be doing this on my kitchen counters soon. I'm just wondering how the resin holds up to food stains, chopping, water and hot pans. Thanks so much!

Billp said...

I was laughing when you described how you were obsessed by how it looked and you could not get it off your mind. That's totally me, I think about my projects all the time until they are completed. Nice to know I'm not the only crazy person out there. Your counter top is first rate. Thanks for the instructions and a good laugh. Billp