Make it Monday: Faux marble table

Posted: 24th Apr 2017

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
Spray bottle


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