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.
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.
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.
$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!!