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:
Sea Sponge
Feather
Small Stir Sticks
Sponge Paint Brushes
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!!


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!!



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31 comments:

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!

Robyn SawdustAndHoops said...

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

Robyn SawdustAndHoops 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. :)

Suzan Sweatman 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
XOXO

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!
Jess

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!

Trey Greene 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!

jamieshomeblog.com 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!

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs 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!