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Marble Effect Faux Painting

by AccentPainting on June 27th, 2012

The marble effect is one of the most challenging faux painting finishes to  create. Professionals and homeowners use the marble effect to give painted  surfaces the look of polished marble to avoid the high cost associated with  actual marble. With a little practice and some trial and error, you can  transform your wooden posts or concrete floor with paint to make them look like  marble.


  • 1 – Paint the surface with eggshell paint using a paintbrush in corners and along  edges and a paint roller on  the larger, flat surfaces. Allow the paint to dry  overnight.

  • 2 – Paint the surface with linseed oil in a small, even layer with the paintbrush and paint roller.  The linseed oil slows the paint’s drying time, giving you more time to work when  applying the faux finish.
  • 3 – Mix a small amount of the black oil based paint with  the eggshell paint in each plastic container to produce a gray color. Create  different shades of gray in each container by adjusting the amounts of black and  eggshell paint used. Mix at least three shades.
  • 4 – Apply the gray paint to the area in overlapping, random swirling  patterns.
  • 5 – Pull a dry, soft brush through the paint to soften and blend the colors  creating streaks from the swirled colors.
  • 6 – Dab a dry rag over the surface to remove excess paint and further blend the  colors together.
  • 7 – Pull the dry paintbrush through the paint again to remove any marks from the  rag.
  • 8 – Add diagonal, irregular veins across the surface with the medium-gray paint  using a small detail paintbrush. These veins should not cross each  other.
  • 9 – Glide a dry paintbrush over the veins to soften the  lines.
  • 10 – Dip the side of a feather into the white spirits and pull the feather  backwards against a paper towel to rough the feathers. Then dip the feather into  the darkest gray.
  • 11 – Move the feather lightly through the previous veins to add detail and depth  to the veins. When you are satisfied with the finished look, allow the paint to  dry.
  • 12 – Add a translucent glaze to the surface with a paintbrush to protect the faux  finish and create the shiny look of polished marble.


“Faux Painted Marble bathroom wall”

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