There’s no better time to roll up your sleeves and tackle a fun DIY project than the bank holiday weekend. Whether you’ve got the whole three days or just a couple of hours you can easily transform dull, tired furniture into on- trend, bespoke pieces with the help of Rust-Oleum. For the luxe marble look for less, try Cheryl Lumley’s step-by-step guide…
You will need
Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Carbon
Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Winter Grey and Graphite
Rust-Oleum Artist Brush Set
Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer in Clear
Natural sponge or kitchen roll
1. Before you start, always check the surface you are painting is completely clean, dry and free from dust; if not, give it a wipe over and leave to dry fully.
2. Begin by painting the base of the table with two to three coats of Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Carbon, leaving each to dry fully in between. Then paint the base layer of the marble top with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Graphite.
3. Once dry, mix Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Winter Grey with a little water to thin the paint and add a light coating of the mixture over the base layer. While the paint is wet, lightly dab the surface with kitchen roll or a natural sponge to give a dappled effect. Repeat this step to give a thicker coat of Winter Grey while still allowing the darker shade of Graphite to show through.
4. Next, mix a mid-grey shade using both Winter Grey and Graphite and using a fine artist’s brush, create thin marble-effect lines. Hold the brush lightly, twisting it as you.
5. While the paint is wet, use a water spray bottle to lightly spritz the painted lines; this will cause the paint to spread slightly. You can then use the same brush to spread it out even further.
6. Leave to dry fully (it will take a little longer to dry due to extra water on the surface). Once dry, use a larger brush to lightly dab over the lines with Winter Grey to soften the effect of the lines without covering altogether. Lightly dab off any excess with kitchen roll or a natural sponge.
7. Using a fine brush, paint on the finer details in Graphite, using your first coat of marble lines as a guide. Finally, once fully dry apply two coats of Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer to protect the surface.
Tutorial courtesy of http://www.rustoleum.com