Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Marbling a Laminate Table Top

While browsing through Home Goods last spring I spotted an end table that was the perfect size and shape for the living room. As an added bonus, a corner of the table was slightly damaged and it was marked down even further! With all the company we had this summer it sat in a closet until this week--I finally got my hands on it and I'm thrilled with the transformation.

Here is what I started out with...

The first thing I did was unscrew the top and spray paint the base gold. My living room is primarily grays and I love the pop of gold against all the gray tones.
I found this wonderful gold spray paint at the art store--so much thicker and prettier than most golds at the hardware store.

Next came the marbling. There is nothing worse than a bad faux finish so I studied various techniques online until I found one that I was pleased with. Here's how I did it:
1. Spray the table top with an oil-based primer. Let dry.

2. Roll or brush two coats of latex white paint in an eggshell finish. Let dry.

3. Spray entire surface with water.

4. Mix some light gray latex paint: 20% paint and 80% water in a bowl. Using a brush, splatter paint onto surface. While it's still wet, using a fuzzy roller, soften the paint lightly. Do this again while it's still wet with another gray that is darker.

5. Mix yellow latex paint with water: 20% paint and 80% water. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spray the surface while it's still wet. Roll lightly with fuzzy roller.

6. Pour a little denatured alcohol in a bowl and splatter some onto the wet surface. This is where the magic happens!

This is what you get! So cool, right? Keep spattering and rolling until you are happy with the results. After it dries, spray on some clear polyurethane in your choice of finish. I used a satin finish.

The finish seems to be holding up pretty well.

Looks so much more high end, right?
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