How to Imitate Marble with Paint | Faux Marble Technique


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January 28, 2020
Zoe Hunt




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Disclosure: I received paint from Sherwin-Williams as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link, I earn a small commission, but it wonโ€™t cost you a penny more)!

DIY Faux Marble Painting Instructions

DIY painted marble wall

When we were designing our powder room, everything revolved around the marble wall.

Sure, I would’ve loved to fly in a beautiful slab of marble from Italy, but no one has the time or budget for that! So instead of a real slab of marble, I was determined to create the look using just paint.

Spoiler alert: it worked!

Alright, let’s start DIYing!

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What You’ll Need

  • Paintbrush
  • Feather
  • Sea sponges
  • Spray bottle with misting setting
  • Baby wipes
  • Paint for your base
  • Paint for your veining

Paint Colors

Instructions: How to Imitate Marble With Paint

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how to paint faux marble

Since this tutorial is for a marble wall, I will refer to “the wall,” but rest assured, you can use this same technique on furniture, countertops, or tile as well.

Step 1: paint your base color

I would recommend Extra White SW 7006 for this. It’s a bright white that looks great with blues and grays. We ended up painting a total of 3 coats to make the wall look as glossy as possible. Wait for your paint to fully dry before moving onto the next step.

Step 2: Get inspiration

Print a picture (or sketch out a pattern) that shows what type of marbling you want to achieve. You might want a very spongy texture or heavy lines. Find a picture that speaks to you and print it out so you can look at your inspiration while painting.

step 3: Get Started

Dampen one of your sea sponges. Squeeze out the excess water. You want to get your sea sponge damp so that it is flexible, but you don’t want it to be dripping.

Begin your design in a top corner and work your way down and across, following the direction of your marble pattern.  

Step 4: Paint

Use one of the following techniques to create your marble effect. Each wall will be different, but we used a combination of all three. We mostly worked with a brush for this wall and then added some dark colors using the feathers. We utilized the sponge technique in two areas of our wall.

Marble Wall Painting Techniques

Regardless of what technique you use, immediately spritz the wall once or twice with water after you add the gray paint. Be careful for drips! If you notice a drip, immediately wipe it off using a baby wipe. Once you spritz the wall, gently dab the paint with a clean, damp sea sponge. This will soften the lines and help blend it. Keep dabbing until you reach your desired look.

For each example, I will show what it looks like before spritzing water and dabbing with a clean sponge and after.


faux marble painting technique using a sea sponge

The first option is a brush. This is great for thicker, longer lines. Using a paint brush like the one pictures above, lightly paint a line for your marble. Don’t worry about keeping it straight or consistent. Add some bumps along the way and paint with more or less pressure to add more variation.


Add texture to marble painting using sea sponge

Lightly dip your sponge in paint, then dab off all of the excess on a paper towel. A tiny bit of paint goes a long way in this technique!


creating faux marble effect using paint and feather

Use a feather like the one pictured above. This type of feather is stiff enough to produce thin lines. If you use a feather that is too soft, it will be difficult to transfer any paint to the wall. Lightly run your feather along the wall. I liked running a slightly darker color on top of a light line that I already painted with a brush. This will give the look of variation in a single vein.

Step 5:Keep painting

Keep painting using a variety of techniques until you have achieved your desired look. I recommend working in small sections at a time, approximately 12″ or less. This will ensure that your paint is still very wet and you can blend in lines with water.

If your sponge left undesired sponge marks, you can wipe the marks using baby wipes. Use baby wipes along the way to clean up any paint that you didn’t intend to be on the wall.

DIY marble wall using paint

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Have another question? Drop it in the comments below.

There you have it! Now you know how to create the look of marble using paint. And let me just add this. Take this as proof that paint has the power to create so much! See a wallpaper you like, but its $200/roll? Try painting it! Never underestimate the power of paint, it sure can do a lot!

As always, we would LOVE to see your photos! Whether you paint a wall, a tray, tiles, or anything else, we want to see it! Send us a picture via email or tag us on Instagram (@craftedbythehunts). We can’t wait to see what you create next!

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  1. Dawn says:

    Thank you s much for a proper tutorial for doing this on a wall, I couldnโ€™t find one anywhere

    I hope mine turns out as good as yours

    • Zoe Hunt says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial Dawn! I can’t wait to see your wall. I’m sure it will look fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Dawn says:

        Starting to work on it now, Iโ€™ll send before and after pics.
        Using the brush method for the dark lines, fingers crossed ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  2. Janet says:

    I want to do this on my stone fireplace.
    The large uneven stones were painted decades ago. I donโ€™t want to strip them ๐Ÿ™„
    Will this work for the uneven surface?

    • Zoe Hunt says:

      Hi Janet! The texture might make it more difficult to blend the veining, so you might end up with a lot more contrast than our wall had.

  3. hari says:

    I have been following all the designs you have posted so far, as it relates to us very much. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for posting them and they are all beautiful DIY.
    I am wondering to do this technique over our fireplace. Did you seal after painting with grey paint.? If yes, what type of sealer to use and how. Would like your comments please . thanks

    • Zoe Hunt says:

      Hi Hari! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the projects ๐Ÿ™‚ Since ours was on a wall (and not tile or wood or another surface), we didn’t seal it after painting. If you are painting on a surface other than drywall, I’d recommend Minwax Polycrylic.

  4. Nikol says:

    Hi, I was looking for tutorial like this for so long and finally I find it, I am so thankful. Can’t wait to paint my wall and I hope it will looks that good like yours.

  5. Barbara Haugen says:

    I would like a wall in my bathroom look like black marble. I would like white and Grey viewing. Could this work using black as the base?

    • Zoe Hunt says:

      Hi Barbara! I would test it on a scrap piece first, but I think it would work! Just make sure to grab a thick, one-coat paint so that the white doesn’t get completely absorbed by the black.

  6. Shar says:

    Was the wall just a regular wall or shower wall? Like reading your tutorial

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