DIY Faux Marble Top Using Chalk Paint

This post is made in collaboration with Wise Owl Paint, all opinions are 100% my own. This post may...

This post is made in collaboration with Wise Owl Paint, all opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links 

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Happy Wednesday! I knew this week was going to busy, but for some reason...the busier it is, the more I get my butt into gear!  I am participating in the Create and Share Challenge hosted by Stephanie from Casa Watkins. This post is sponsored by Wise Owl Paint Company and I have been super pumped to have this opportunity to work with them. I know you have seen a lot of projects from me this week, but this one is a bit different! However, it is another paint post, but instead of showing you a before and after of something just painted (y'all know I do not distress stuff)...I decided to show a DIY faux marble tutorial using Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint. I have tried this using latex and acrylic paint and it works great with those applications, but since chalk paint is something new to me, I thought I would give it a try. I have never done a tutorial on this but you can see other handy work, here



Wise Owl Paint Giveaway at the END of the post
(1 pint Wise Owl Paint, 1/2 Pint of Paint, Choice of Wax, and Cling on brush)

Materials: 

Paint- I used Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint color black
Rag - a dry one
Small cup of water
A surface to paint on
Your hand or pencil/ruler


Steps: 

1. Prep your surface and make sure that it is free of debris or grime or sticky stuff
2. Shake/stir paint until mixed well
3. With your mixing stick, dip it in paint--draw thin lines with paint stick and paint (like shown above)
4. get your towel, dip it into the water (do NOT soak) and pat the painted thin lines. Note: YOU control the consistency of the paint, if you want it be darker add more paint or don't pat it as much and vice versa
5. You can use either the side of your hands or a pencil/stick to create the veins of the faux marble, I used both---Apply paint to the side of your hand and stamp it down on the surface
***Using your hand will give softer veins while using a pencil or stick with give sharper more hard lines
6. Once you have stamped/drawn out your lines, pat the edges/parameters of the veins to show a variation in color---YOU CONTROL this. To add more intensity, dab it softly and sparingly, to grey it out so the line is not as strong pat it more to where the line is almost washed out but still visible. 
7. Using the remaining paint on the towel, dab it in water (not soak) and pat around the veins, if needed apply a little bit of paint on the towel and pat it out till there is not paint left---work it all over the surface
8. IMPORTANT---since chalk paint in general (including Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint) scratches easily after application, you need to work fast and let the piece sit and cure for a couple of days. After the piece is cured, seal it using hemp oil or sealant of your choice. If using regular latex paint, seal as you would any other piece of furniture. 

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There you have it! a faux marble top that looks anything but fake! 

For more awesome chalk paint ideas check out the all of the other Create and Share participants projects


A Shade of Teal ~ Night Stand Makeover
Old House To A New Home ~ Chalk Painted Accent Table
Pocketful of Posies ~ Old Door Dining Table
Domicile 37 ~ Faux Marble Top 
Refashionably Late ~ Dining Room Re Do
The Twin Cedars ~ Chalk Paint Furniture Flip
Our House Now A Home ~ Wall Paper Organizer
Lehman Lane ~ Cedar Chest Makeover
Green With Decor ~ Old Cabinet Drawer Makeover
One Mile Home Style ~ Drab to Fab Table Makeover
The Weathered Fox ~ Charging Station
Casa Watkins ~ DIY Aztec Art
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33 comments

  1. Wow Jess! That turned out beautifully! I never thought to attempt to make faux marble with chalk paint! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

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    1. Thanks girl! It looks great and was really easy to pull off.

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  2. I love love love marble. I would have never thought of creating this with chalk paint! It looks so so real. I LOVE this tutorial!

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    1. Thanks! It was so easy and fun to create!

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  3. Such a unique project and you totally nailed it! Total Sweetness!

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  4. You could have fooled me - it looks just like marble!! I never thought of using my hand for the softer lines. What a good idea!

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  5. Amazing Jess! I have to admit, I was really interested to see how you would incorporate the chalky paint into your decor and I'm amazed! Nicely done!

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    1. Thanks! I know...I think everyone was wondering the same thing.

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  6. Wow Jess! Awesome Project. It does look exactly like marble, super job!!! Hope you are having a great week and take care, Tara

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  7. What a cool project! It really does look just like marble! Love it!

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  8. What a cool idea! I never thought about using paint to create a marble look.

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  9. FANTASTIC!!! I love a good DIY technique post. It looks awesome!

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  10. Okay, this is soooo cool, LOVE what you've done with it! I've never heard of chalk paint and I feel like I've totally been missing out! :) I definitely need to get some, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! I am kind of new to chalk paint as well and for the longest just thought that it was made for those who distressed furniture...but I was wrong. To recreate this look you do not have to limit this to just chalk paint, you can create this with latex or acrylic paint as well....the only difference is that with chalk paint you have to work faster because it dries faster. Thanks for stopping by Kimberly!

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  11. Are you kidding me! This is amazing! It looks stunning and you are so talented to think of this and execute it so well.

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  12. I am really pleased to see a tutorial for a faux marble table top that doesn't involve contact paper! I personally find the contact paper look very cheap (you can usually see seams and corners are problematic) and not durable/practical. This is really amazing looking. Now I do have a question: do you have a picture of the whole table top so we can get an idea of what this effect looks like from a distance?

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    1. unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the whole table that is something I regret not taking, BUT I do have this top that I did using the SAME technique but in a different color. ---Sorry about that. http://www.domicile37.com/2014/05/diy-faux-honed-marble-top.html

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  13. Great job Jess! I love seeing your take on these projects since our styles are so different, and you knocked it out of the park, as usual!!

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  14. The marble effect looks awesome and soo real! I would have never thought to do this.

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  15. Perfection! I would never have thought to try faux marble. So creative, you have a fantastic eye for style!

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    1. thanks, you should try it....it is so much easier than it looks!

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  16. So pretty Jess! I love a faux finish and I can think of a million applications for this. So inspiring. Beautiful job!

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    1. thanks! I am so happy that I can inspire you.

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  17. Love this Jess! I've always wanted to try the faux marble painting technique! I'll be coming back to this when I get the guts to actually try it! You made it look easy though so thanks for the great tutorial! :)

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    1. you should definitely try it...this is so up your alley.

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  18. This is crazy creative Jess! But your projects always are :) I would love to do a small piece like this to use as a photo backdrop for my food posts!

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    1. Thanks love...that would be awesome...you can get a small ikea table and apply this technique to it and voila, you have a small backdrop!

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  19. This is perfection! I may have to try out this technique- it looks so authentic.

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