Marble countertops add a touch of class and elegance to your home. However, you may be ready to change up the look of your marble countertops. Taking them out entirely can be an expensive proposition. Instead, you can paint your marble countertops to match your chosen aesthetic. It may not have the appeal of real, new marble, but it can work if you need a quick fix. If you’re interested in painting your marble countertops, you can purchase products at a local hardware store for that purpose. Below are some tips on achieving your desired results.
Look for the Right Paint Kit
There are a lot of countertop paint options on the market specially designed for painting marble. Chalk paint is a popular choice for people who wish to paint marble countertops. It gives them a matte finish and takes less prep work than other paints. Epoxy paints add durability to your counters with a glossy finish that can make your marble look brand new.
Think about the effect you want to achieve with your marble paint. Most kits come with the products you’ll need to prepare the marble surface for painting. If you have trouble choosing one product over another, find an inconspicuous place to try out your paint and see if it gives you the desired effect. Before purchasing paint, we recommend contacting an expert.
Thoroughly Clean and Prep the Surface
Painting countertops means a lot of cleaning, even if you’re using chalk paint. That makes it much easier for your paint to bond to the surface of your marble countertop. Start by mixing ½ cup of ammonia into a ½ gallon of hot water, then add in vinegar and baking soda. Wipe your counters down at least three times to ensure their cleanliness.
If there are imperfections like divots present in your countertops, smooth them out with a piece of sandpaper. Try filling larger scrapes and gouges with acrylic resin epoxy. Once it dries, sand it down until the space blends in with your countertop. Clean the surface one more time to remove any residue left behind by your sanding efforts.
Paint and Seal the Marble Countertop
Start by applying a bonding primer and give it at least one full day to dry. A low-viscosity primer works well for painting countertops. Next, use a roller to apply a clear epoxy primer. You may want to apply two coats for your purposes. Apply a base coat of your countertop paint and let it dry overnight. Use a sponge to gently apply an even second coat of paint. Apply at least one coat of an acrylic finish once you’re done painting to protect all your hard work.
Hiring a Professional Vs. Do-It-Yourself
If you have confidence in your painting skills, it might seem like painting countertops would be easy. However, you may be better off hiring professionals to finish the job. If you want a professional-looking paint job, you will need to hire a professional.
They may be able to complete the job faster and more cleanly. If you’re not used to painting surfaces, then your attempts at painting marble countertops may not be what you expect. You may not get the paint even or forget to fill in imperfections. A professional painter with experience painting countertops may be more capable of giving you what you want.
Hire GranitePro for Your Marble Countertop Needs
GranitePro has years of experience helping residents in Eldersburg, Maryland, and surrounding areas renovate their homes with beautiful countertop surfaces. If you decide to go with replacing your granite countertops versus painting them, you can choose from our wide selection of stone products, including: