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Topic: My new...Handpainted...Marble Countertops  (Read 3736 times)
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« on: April 18, 2009 06:50:03 AM »

 Smiley  Well my hubby and I recently bought a house.  In our kitchen we had those lovely blue, grey cheap countertops.  They are easy to clean but I really hated them. 


My dh and I really wanted marble countertops but realized very quickly that it was not in our budget.  So with a little imagination, less than a week and about 10 bucks worth of supplies we now have marble countertops.  My supplies were 3 bottles of craft paint = $6.00, One can of polyeurethane (sp?) from the Habitat for Humanity Restore = $ 2.00, and a nylon paintbrush 2" size = $ 1.89.  Oh and sandpaper which I had already.   



First I sanded the surface and then squeezed a little black and a little grey into a bowl.  Then I took the brush and dabbed it into the paint and then dabbed it onto the surface.  Viola! Once that was dry I added some viening with an artist brush I had on hand and the sterling silver metallic paint. 



Once that dryed I put a coat of poly on it and let it sit for 8 hours with a fan on it.  I applied a second coat and what you see is the finished product.  Enjoy

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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2009 07:06:31 AM »

very well done!!! I took some stage design classes at school and we learned a marbling technique that your technique is actually very very similar to! hooray! It looks beautiful, congratulations. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2009 07:18:43 AM »

Thank you so much.  We love it.  My husband now thinks I can officially do anything.  LOL 
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2009 07:43:06 AM »

Great idea, but did the sanding end up making it less easy to clean?
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2009 07:56:06 AM »

Love it!
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2009 08:07:12 AM »

no it was just enough to make the paint stick.  Plus once you get the poly on there it is super smooth.
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2009 09:09:28 AM »

They look wonderful, what a creative way to get what you want within your budget! and just another way to get the hubby to be in awe Smiley I really like that part.
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2009 09:43:26 PM »

I think you did a wonderful job!

But is that poly safe for food?  to eat off of?
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2009 07:07:13 AM »

Once it's dry completely yes.  It just seals the paint onto the countertop.
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2009 10:53:36 PM »

I LOVE this! Thanks so much sharing your awesome idea with us! I'm in a yucky rental, but luckily, I'm allowed to paint all I want...great for the cupboards, but I didn't think anything could be done about the ugly counters...you're a lifesaver!! Cheesy
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