Easy Faux Marble Countertops Tutorial

Marble in miniature, something that many of you miniature bloggers have mastered.  I have finally come up with a cheat sheet for us that struggle.  Using a regular home printer and flimsy printer paper I made faux marble tops.  My first attempt on the left using paint from this post back in September of this year, and on the right my second attempt using paper.
The paint version scared me off using a marble finish for awhile.  It was too grey and made the kitchen look cold.  Months later I've settled on this white finish with a grey vein.

The Steps

Step 1:  I made the marble pattern by taking a sample image off the web and photoshopping it into a larger 8x10in piece.  Adjusting the colours etc. (to download my final design go to my Blog's fb page and save the image to your computer).  Print on regular everyday printer paper.
Step 2: Cut the sheet of paper to fit your countertop wood piece.  Mine is a piece of 1/8in basswood.

Step 3:  You will need make up sponges, and gloss Mod Podge (essentially watered down glue).  The makeup sponges give the cleanest and most streak-free look.  I tried brushes and paint sponge brushes but they all left streaks.

Apply the Mod Podge to the surface of the wood. And press the paper down.
It might try and lift, and create bubbles.  This is okay.
Step 4:  Fold over the edges of the paper onto the back and secure with more Mod Podge.

Flip the piece over and you will probably start to panic.  There will be lots of big ugly bubbles.  But do not fear!  Do not rip off and start again in discouragement.  (As I did so many times at first).
After several minutes the bubbles will magically disappear.  Shew!
Step 5:  Leave to dry.  The Mod Podge people say at least 15 minutes.
Step 6: Patches - If you have any areas where the paper didn't cover on the sides simply cut out a patch from the remaining paper.  I found this was very effective for some of the inner corners and fixing areas around the sink.  The pattern is very good at hiding the patch. (That said I only used it on the counter sides and not on the very top, that would be noticeable I think).
Step 7:  Time for a top coat.  This is where having the makeup sponges are most needed.  Apply an even layer across the top.  Let dry.  Bubbling may occur, but in my experience always disappears. Apply another top coat if you wish.
And you're done.  No painting skill required, just time and patience.

 In case you missed it I posted my lower cabinets tutorial/details earlier this morning.  You can find that here.  I thought it was better to divide the post in two since this one really had so many steps alone.
 I hope you all are well this spring weekend.  I am planning on making some Easter miniatures today, little coloured eggs and chocolate bunnies.   {I already ate the real life chocolate bunny I was using as an example to make the mini pieces.  Opps!}



  1. Kristine, I just read your previous blogpost, so I almost did miss this one ;)! Thank you for showing us this technique. Mod Podge is one of my favorite materials for glueing and finishing miniatures, but this technique I haven't seen on a blog before!
    Your kitchen is awesome, it looks just like a real kitchen!
    I hope the chocolate Easter bunny tasted delicious ;)?
    Hugs, Ilona

  2. Thanks Ilona, I hadn't seen this technique online anywhere so I'm hoping it might help someone else with poor faux painting skills ;)
    And yes the bunny was very good haha!

  3. Hi Kristine, Thank you for this amazing tuto, I really enjoy your blog! Miniregard from sunny Spain.

  4. Hi Kristine. The marble counter tops look great. I really must have a play with Modge Podge. It seems like a lot can be done with it. I remember using it many years ago to make miniature mats from magazine photos but I haven't used it since. This is a great technique and I will be keeping an eye out for pictures of marble.

  5. Wow, that looks really effective and I love cheats. Anything to make mini-ing easier. Your kitchen is looking fab. When did you put that cool freezer in? I can't remember seeing it before or have I been so engrossed with the cabinets that I didn't notice? =0)

  6. Wow! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. It looks fabulous!

  7. Great idea! Thanks for the tuturial. I love the fridge!

  8. Hi Kristine! What a Fantastic looking kitchen and what a great tutorial for faux marble! Your kitchen has all the comforts of home. It is airy and spacious but it looks so warm and inviting and one can really cook up a storm in it! There is room to move! Your techniques and your innovative choices is what I love so much and what makes your work so Unique! :D


  9. Kristine that is pretty darn awesome, I love modpodge if I could I'd marry it but since I cant I love tutorials showing me what it can do. thank you very much for sharing this :)


  10. Great kitchen! Love the island and the fridge!!! Thank you so much for sharing how to make the marble top.


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