How to Paint a Marble Texture

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The faux-marble painting effect instantly gives your home a sense of classical style. Marbling effects can be used on walls, doors or almost any surface. The textural qualities of marble are easily achieved with a basic set of tools. The best effects are obtained from surfaces that could actually be constructed of marble.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Foam or cloth roller
  • Paint tray
  • Mixing containers
  • Paint
  • Glaze
  • Stippling brush
  • Feather
  • Apply painter's tape to mask the edge of the surface you want to marbleize. Use a roller or brush to apply the base coat. Allow the base coat to dry.

  • Combine one part top-coat paint with two to three parts glaze and one part water. Stir until this mixture is well-blended. Pour into a paint tray. Moisten a soft rag and then wring out the excess moisture.

  • Form the rag so that it looks like a miniature pom-pom. Sink the rag into the glaze and coat evenly. Blot away any excess glaze.

  • Rub the glaze onto the surface using a circular motion that loosely overlaps. Best results are obtained by working in smaller areas because the glaze will dry quickly.

  • Use a stippling brush to tap the glaze while it remains wet. Rotate the brush frequently to create a mottled surface that remains slightly porous.

  • Blend the glaze using a soft brush. This will remove any harsh quality to the texture. Make sure you don't overblend as this will create a surface that looks too flat to achieve an effective marble simulation.

  • Mix the veining glaze by combining one part paint and one part glaze. Take a feather and dip the top two inches into the glaze. Apply the marble veins in a diagonal direction by starting at the top of the surface. Twirl the feather between your fingers to achieve marble veining of varied width. Shake the feather as you drag it when you need to create a jagged vein.

  • Use a soft-blending brush to soften the edges. Pull the brush in the same diagonal direction as you feathered the veins. Allow the veining to dry. Apply a coat of satin clear polyurethane for additional protection. This will also help to further the illusion that the surface is polished stone. Remove the edging tape.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice your technique on a sample surface before trying the real thing. This process will also enable you to experiment with textures and fine detailing.
  • Avoid making the veins perfectly parallel and allow them to gradually trail off rather than suddenly end.

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