How to Faux Marble/Quartz with Epoxy Resin
This was such a fun project to do, I originally started with this method to save us money on our kitchen Island. I repurposed a bar height kitchen table and chair set into a Modern Farmhouse movable island with epoxy top that matches our Quartz counters in the kitchen. Would you believe this saved us thousands of dollars in our new build?
Here’s the kitchen island – matches our quartz counters perfectly!
I started with an espresso stained table and chairs set and painted the entire set with Chalk paint – I learned through some research that chalk paint requires no priming, and I’m all about that efficiency life.
Painting the Table and chairs set was the most work that was involved in this whole process.
How to refinish a table to look like faux marble/quartz
Step 1: acquire your items and products
- Other products (I sourced products that I didn’t mind tossing after using with the epoxy)
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For my epoxy, I used StoneCoatCounters.com and was able to resurface TWO tables with just the small batch:
I also purchased from Stone Coat countertops the mica color powders that matched my kitchen counters (you can see a bit of my kitchen counters in this picture here ^^!
Step 2: Prep your surface
- Disinfect your surface
- Wipe surface with alcohol (this makes sure no water remains!)
- Ensure there is no wax coating on your surface or you will need to scuff up surface so product will stick
- If you desire to paint your surface like I did with both the tables I did, you’ll need to do this step before proceeding with your epoxy pour.
- Tape off all surfaces you DO NOT want epoxy to drip on
Step 3: Create your marble shadow
I created this shadow effect with some quick and simple sweeps of a metallic spray paint.
Step 4: Mix & Pour your Epoxy
This was a crucial part:
In 1:1 measurements, add your HARDENER FIRST, then add your Resin in your disposable mixing bucket. The hardener is a lighter viscosity so when the resin is added, it drops to the bottom. This makes the mixing process a bit easier.
As you mix your 1:1 mixture, be sure you don’t mix too fast or bring the drill bit too far up to the surface. The idea is to not introduce more air pockets into your resin. IF you do introduce air, you can tap the mixture, or proceed with pouring and us a blow torch to pop the bubbles.
Pour your epoxy directly onto the middle of your surface then spread towards the edges. You want the epoxy to drip off the surface.
Step 5: Add your color and blend
***NOBODY COMMENT AND SAY THIS DOESN’T LOOK LIKE MARBLE*** I posted this tutorial on tiktok and got A TON of input that this doesn’t look like marble, ok maybe ‘marble’ isn’t the right word, this method I used – the STIPPLING method – of adding color looks more like a quartz than a sedimented marble.
Bottom line: I’m VERY happy with it and it matches my counters…
Ok, back to the tutorial… lol
- Add your color powder over top of your shadow you created with spray paint. I added my light grey color first, blended with my brush and the stippling method (check out the video for more on that method), then repeated with my darker color powder.
- Once all my color powder was added, I went back around and made sure my edges had epoxy on them and cleaned up the drips – you want to make sure you drag your brush over the drips so they don’t create a wart like finish hanging off your surface.
Step 6: Allow to dry!
Your surface, depending on how much epoxy is on it, the temperature, and how well you mixed it, will take approximately 24 hours to be INITIALLY DRY.
Your surface will take 3-5 days to be INITIALLY CURED
Then pending on the epoxy you use, will be completely hardened after 30 days.
For my Kitchen Island, I let it dry/cure for 5 days before setting anything on it. I did spot test leaving items on it before completely clearing it for use. I recommend doing the spot test!
Here’s the final product of my kitchen island:
Watch the youtube video for the exact steps I did to create this muddled/stippled epoxy quartz table top!
& Stay tuned, I want to try the pouring colored epoxy method (which also requires a heat gun to blend) next! I’ve heard that gives more of a sedimented look! Just didn’t have all the equipment I needed to do that this go round.
What do you think? Would you do this to a surface in your house??
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