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Mr. Jones and I had been searching high and low for a countertop that would complete our DIY island in our Seattle loft. We had purchased an industrial cart that was the perfect size, but it needed a top in order to make it look complete. Marble is so expensive and we didn't know if the antique piece would even hold the weight, but also didn't want to spend $500+ on something we might not even use in our next place! I found the perfect solution after stumbling upon this DIY faux marble tutorial on Pinterest! An inexpensive DIY faux marble countertop that also looks beautiful?! Yes, please!
Although this project ended up costing a little less than $100, it did cost me a lot of time (2 full days to be exact). In the end, it was worth every minute because we are so pleased with how the DIY faux marble finish turned out! The super glaze finish also seems pretty heavy duty and is easy to clean. Due to the high gloss shine, it's hard to see the "veins" of the faux marble finish in these photos, but in real life it is absolutely beautiful!
I wish that these techniques were all my own, but to achieve the faux marble finish, I used several sources & tutorials. I still wanted to share how it turned out with you guys, link to all of the sources, and share some other tips with you in case you want to give this DIY a try! You can also shop some of our favorite home decor pieces with the links at the bottom of this post! The four resources I used for this project are:
1. Faux Marble Countertops DIY by Earnest Home Co. This blog has great photos and is ultimately the source that convinced me to tackle this project!
2. DIY Countertops Part II- Faux Painting by Batchelors Way. This site has great advice on how to correctly mix and pour on the glaze. It's very important that you follow the directions to a t! Our countertop measures approximately 2.5'x5' and I used all of the 32 oz. super glaze. I also used containers like these with measurements on the side to make sure I measured the contents correctly before mixing the glaze together!
3. How to Happy Hour Faux Carrara Marble by Gorgeous Shiny Things. This video is SUPER helpful and I watched it several times to make sure I was painting the veins on correctly.
4. DIY Marble with Giani White Diamond Kit- I only used the glaze technique from this video since my veins got too dark at one point. I would recommend doing only one glaze, I did two and looking back, I wish I had only done one! I love how our island looks in person, but in photos the faux marble effect doesn't show up as well as I'd like it to. If you do end up making a glaze, make sure that it is SUPER watered down!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY project and a glimpse into our Seattle home! If you have any questions about this project, leave them in the comments! Have a great day, gorgeous!