Finally A DIY Marble Resin Countertop!
Something I’ve had on my to-do list for ages 😁 ! I had no idea how I was going to make it but, I was pretty curious to see how it would turn out.
When we started remodeling our bathroom a few months back ( 😑 yes it’s been that long ) I realized marble and even quartz is pretty expensive. I’m all about saving an extra penny and honestly it just didn’t fit the budget no matter how hard I tried. I made numerous trips to homedepot and lowes hoping to come across some sort of faux laminate that would at least mimic the look I was going for. Their laminate countertops were in the right price range but the styles were far from what I wanted in my bathroom. The light an airy look I was going for seemed out of reach until I finally decided I’d give this idea a go. Turn a piece of plywood into faux marble!
Was I SCARED! HECK YES! In fact I went through a total procrastination phase with it. Literally let it sit in my workroom for a few days after we painted the plywood white LOL 😬😅 ! I ended up making a little sample just to see if my idea would work and Tony LOVED IT! I on the other hand wasn’t crazy about it because it was too much marbling for me! So we kept going back an forth on the idea of how much marbling do we really want. I finally decided just enough for it to look like marble 🙈
Basic Idea Behind This DIY Marble Resin Countertop!
For this DIY I was hoping to get most of my marbling effect done with craft paint. This would be the base before pouring resin over it. I’ve seen marbling done with resin however I’ve worked with resin A LOT and it’s really hard to control fine lines and since that was my many focus when making this countertop I figured craft paint is easier to control. Eventually I came up with the idea of pouring milky resin over the marbled effect to give it a blurred effect. You could totally go with clear resin over it however I was hoping it would fade out any imperfections in marbling effect giving it a more realistic look?! 😉🤓 It totally worked the milky resin was like magic over the painted marble.
- resin ( here’s the on I used – https://amzn.to/2Tow2HI)
- feather ( Here’s a pack of 15 – https://amzn.to/3bp79TM)
- white paint
- gray craft paint
optional: buffing tools
Total Cost :
Just under $50 ( for an approximate 3×4 foot section )
Time Needed :
If you procrastinate like me it’ll take maybe about a week 😅! If I was to rush it I think it’s totally doable in 1-2 days.
Adding An Edge To Your Countertop + Prepping !
Because we were trying to mimic real marble as much as possible we decided to add a thicker edge to the plywood. I got a 1×2 at home depot and Tony cut it down even thinner. I think he got it down to about 1 and 1/4 inches in thickness. Than we glued it to the edge of the plywood and added a few staples.
It is totally optional you can just leave the plywood as is just make sure your edge are really smooth. Seal it with plaster or sand the areas that need smoothing.
Once the edge was attached we used some latex interior white paint and applied 2 coats onto the plywood. Make sure the paint isn’t glossy. Ours was eggshell.
How to get the perfect Marble effect on your countertop
My first attempt at this was done with a thin paintbrush. It wasn’t bad but I felt like it just didn’t cut it for me. The strokes were too thick and I really wanted those fine lines in my marbling so I opted out for the feather method. I head some gray acrylic craft paint at home that I watered down a bit just so it glided on smoother. Than I would dip my feather in the paint and squiggle it onto the painted plywood. I focused on keeping all my marbling lines going in one direction. Not sure if this exists on real marble I just had this vision of what I wanted and went for it. 😀 The feather definitely helped get super fine lines.
Make sure you get the edges as well.
Fading it out
Here’s how it looked with all the lines were drawn on. I decided it needed a little bit more fading so I got a damp sponge and dabbed on some of the white paint we used to paint the plywood. Than I smothered it onto the marbled lines. This definitely gave it a more faded look.
Making a mini frame for the edge! ( optional )
This step is totally optional. In fact if I was to do this again I probably wouldn’t do this step only because it causes more work later however, it did give the edge of the table a really nice finish. By more work I mean it creates a raised edge that needs to be sanded down thus causing you to buff it back to it’s original shine unless you want a matte finish countertop.
I made a little frame that left a gap for the resin to fill into so your edge get’s a nice thick layer of resin. This frame will be removed once the resin has set. Make sure you apply tape to all the areas you don’t want your resin to stick to. To secure the frame to the countertop I used hotglue and small staples.
Flip the countertop over and tape the bottom so the resin doesn’t pour out. Any strong tape works. I’ve tried it with duct tape before and it worked great. Be sure to seal any holes or cracks with silicone so your resin doesn’t seep out as it starts to set.
Than I made sure the surface was perfectly level and applied a tape wall to all the edges.
How to mix your resin!
Every resin is different and you should always follow the manufacturers instructions for safety. Be sure to work in a well ventilated area, wear a respirator mask and some gloves. Most resins require you to combine equal amounts of the two liquids provided. That’s what my resin required. I combined both bottles of the resin liquids into a mixing bowl and stirred it with a plastic spoon for three minutes. Than I added some white resin tint ( about 20 drops) and stirred for an additional minute. Be sure to scrape all the edges to combine the liquid properly or else it might not set. Careful when mixing. Try not to whisk it , just gently stir to avoid building up bubbles.
Most resins will have a working time between 15-30 minutes before it starts setting and becomes hard to work with. My resin took about 20 minutes. It also depends on how much colorant you add to your resin. The more colorant you add the faster your resin will usually set. Too much colorant can also cause your resin to never cure fully .
To fully cure it takes between 24-72 hours.
Pouring your resin!
Pour your resin and spread it out. You can use your hands or a spoon. I did both.
Than take a heat gun and gently heat up the resin. Try not to hold it in one area for to long so you don’t burn the resin. If you burn it it’ll become stringy or harden spotty. Once the resin is warmed it becomes a bit runny and settles in nicely. After about an hour remove your tape wall. Don’t worry about the drips on the sides it can easily be sanded down. If you don’t remove the tape it will create sharp edges you’ll need to sand down later. If there’s anything I would do different with this DIY marble resin countertop is not having to make the additional wood frame on the front and doing the tape all around.
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Our Extreme Bathroom Makeover Video
Here’s the finished result after at ton of sanding. You can check out the video to see what I mean by that.
SSSO in love with this countertop! Can’t believe it’s not real! Should also mention that the pattern isn’t as visible once the countertop is installed.
Here’s how the edges look! 😀 Amazing right!
That’s it! I hope you find this helpful and inspires you to make your own DIY marble resin countertop. You can make it any color and do less or more veining.
I’m so glad to have finally finished our bathroom makeover. I still have a bench in the mail for the little corner in the bathroom but, I’m hoping that’ll be a quick set it. I’ll see you all next time.
In case you missed it here’s how our bathroom looked like before the makeover. YUK RIGHT!! So glad this is in the past.
I think eventhough the DIY marble resin countertop was a lot of work, it was ssso worth it! What a difference it makes in a room. This would be a perfect DIY for your laundry room and small areas. I’m really tempted to try this in my kitchen 😬 !!
I hope your have a great week! Stay calm and craft on.