Want the look of Carrara Marble for a fraction of the cost? I’m sharing our process for using the Stone Coat Epoxy Carrara Marble Kit to create our Faux Marble Tabletop!
I’ve been in LOVE with the look of Carrara Marble for as long as I can remember but with all of the renovations we have to do in the entire house remodel it just isn’t in the budget! Giving credit where credit is due…my husband did lots of research trying to find a product to give me the look he knows I’ve always wanted that would fit into our budget and ordered a small Carrara Marble Kit from Stone Coat Countertops. The minute I saw the sample piece he made I was totally HOOKED and we’re using this product throughout our entire home remodel in various ways! So far, we’ve used it for our fireplace hearth, kitchen countertops and we’re planning to use it in our bathroom updates too!
In this post I’m going to share the process we used to create the honed marble look on this tabletop. Stone Coat has so many amazing videos and tutorials on their website and YouTube Channel that you should check out too for more details and official recommendations!
So here’s a step by step of our process:
- Lightly Sand MDF board with 150 grit sand paper by hand to prep and clean the surface.
- Wipe dust off surface to ensure proper adhesion of the product.
- Protect flooring/workspace with drop cloths or heavy brown paper.
- Prime with white primer using a 4” roller with a cabinet roller sponge.
- Let primer dry for at least 2 hours.
- Mix 2 part epoxy using a 1:1 ratio as per manufacturers recommendations then mix in ~2 tsp white metallic flakes (matching the base colorant to prevent brush marks in future steps).
- Pour epoxy onto the wood top and spread/smooth with a ~1/8” V groove trial.
- Ensure the epoxy is trialed evenly.
- Mix small amount of contrasting colorant (~1/2 tsp colorant to ~1/4 cup of clear epoxy).
- Drizzle contrasting colorant with paint stirring stick over the surface to achieve desired marble or other stone look.
- Fan out colorant with a paintbrush. To make a subtle veining line, drizzle only.
- Dry with heat gun or hair dryer to “move” the colorant, making a natural stone effect and remove air bubbles.
- Use torch as needed to remove any additional air bubbles not removed in the previous process.
- Allow the entire surface to dry at least 24 - 48 hours.
- Use a metal blade to remove drips along the underside of the edges.
- For a honed/matte look, sand using a round hand-held sander using the kit available from Stone Coat.
I shared a quick video of the process on Instagram that you can check out here. Let me know if you have any questions by adding them to the comments or reaching out to me via the “Contact Us” tab on the website. I’d also love to see your projects so please tag @returninggrace on social media!
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