DIY: Painting Our Kitchen Countertops

DIY Painted Countertop Makeover!
OurFauxRenoHomeTM, DIY Painted Faux Pietra Marble Countertop! ^ Link to Artwork shown, “Horses and Trees in Bloom”

Supplies I used:

  • I printed some images from online searches of “Pietra gray marble countertop” samples, so that I’d have them to refer to, once I began trying to mimic the look of the real stone. 
  • Degreaser kitchen cleaning product
  • A few rolls of paper towels
  • A few paper plates
  • Medium, Fine, and Extra Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Static Cling disposable dusting cloths (mine were from a dollar store).
  • Duck brand Clean Release Painter’s Tape
  • An array of different sized, dense, black foam, paint brushes. Dense, (Paint/hardware store quality ones, not the cheap craft aisle ones, because those tend to breakdown fast and fall apart, leaving pieces of foam behind on your project). Aaah! 🤦🏻‍♀️
  • A collection of different sized fine artist paint brushes (for veining illusion)
  • A few plastic store bags crumpled up (for creating the illusion of depth – these work great for creating different granite/marble tones)
  • Plastic painter’s drop cloths
  • XIM UMA Bonding Primer
  • Waverly Chalk Paint (I used the shades “Elephant” “Black “Mineral” and “White”
  • A Quart Sized can of Minwax Polycrylic Semi Gloss finish (to seal the surface after the paint has dried)
Some countertop painting supplies
^ A photo of some of the painting supplies I used for this countertop project.
OurFauxRenoHomeTM Bonding Primer Used
^ This is the Bonding Primer we used on our countertops.

“How To” Steps:

  1. You may want to refer to my “Tips for making a big DIY project easier on your household.” Because this project is going to tie-up your kitchen for, at the very least – two days, if not longer.

  2. I took every item that was on the counters and anything else in the room that I was concerned about getting dust/debris on (from sanding) completely out of the kitchen. I was glad I did this because it ended up being a bit of a messy project.

  3. I cleaned the entire counter surface with a kitchen degreaser cleaning product, twice, to ensure I was really getting any and all grime up, off and out of my way! This is crucial because it gives the Primer and paint a clean surface to bond to.

  4. Time for painter’s tape! I masked off the entire outline area of where the counter met the walls, backsplash, sink, stove, etc. as a means of protecting those surfaces. I also taped a plastic dropcloth underneath the edge of the counter, where I wouldn’t be painting, and let it drape over the lower kitchen cabinets so that they would be protected from any paint spillage or splattering, too.

  5. Sanding the surface came next. I used a fine, to medium grit sand paper and sanded the entire counter surface by hand.

  6. I wiped all of the dust off of the surface that had accumulated from sanding, with disposable, dry, static dusting cloths. It took several cloths, and ended up dusting the entire surface twice, to be certain I had removed all of the debris.

  7. Next, I primed the entire counter with two coats of XIM UMA Bonding Primer. If I recall correctly, I had to wait a minimum of 4 hours between coats in non-humid conditions (I recommend double checking that though by reading the side of the can). I actually let the primed surface dry over night, for added measure – just to really give it a thorough chance to dry completely.

  8. It was time to paint with the “Elephant” middle gray chalk paint. I painted the entire surface using dense, black foam paint brushes. I let it dry for 2 hours and then I painted a second coat of the “Elephant” gray. I allowed it to dry completely, for another 2 hours.

  9. Now, I had to begin to add in some depth and dimension by taking a crumpled grocery store, plastic bag and dabbing it into some darker gray paint I made by mixing some “Elephant” gray with a bit of black in plastic cup. (Once mixed, I poured some of paint onto a paper plate, which made it easier to dab the crumpled store bag into the paint). I dabbed the paint onto the counter, all around in organically shaped clusters across the entire surface, while being careful to not be too uniform in my dabbed shapes, or too uniform in regards to the cluster size of dabbed areas. (You don’t want to be too symmetric with this technique, or else it won’t look like stone in the end. (This is the part of the project where I frequently referred to my reference images of the stone that I was trying to emulate.)

  10. Time to repeat step 9, only this time I did it with a new, crumpled plastic store bag, and a cup of paint that I mixed containing “Elephant” gray with a little bit of white added to it. I was now dabbing in some lighter toned highlight areas, which further added to the illusion of depth/texture in the faux stone mural.

  11. I kept finessing steps 9 and 10 until I was satisfied with the depth/texture illusion.

  12. Then, I added veining to the surface, by utilizing a fine, bristle paintbrush, with a little white paint on it. I had to try not to be afraid – I just randomly dragged the brush across my freshly painted surface and let the thickness and width of the vein lines I was painting, vary. (Again, I frequently referred to my reference images of the stone/veining that I was trying to emulate).

  13. Once I was satisfied with the illusion I’d achieved, I let it dry for at least 2 hours.

  14. Now, I applied a thin, even coat of Minwax Polycrylic, semi-gloss finish. (A few pointers: I used Polycrylic as my protective sealer/finish because I had read that it won’t yellow overtime. I also opted for a semi-gloss finish because, I wanted the surface to ultimately have a slight sheen that would be as convincing as a real stone counter. I also thought a semi-gloss surface would be easier to clean than a matte surface would. Additionally, a semi-gloss sheen is more forgiving than a high gloss. If I had opted for a full glossy finish, it wouldn’t hide slight surface, texture imperfections as well as a lesser sheen would.

  15. I used an extra fine grit sand paper and gently buffed the entire surface, evenly, in between coats of the Polycrylic. Tip: I also made sure I didn’t overwork any one area when brushing Polycrylic onto the surface, with a dense black foam paintbrush. If overworked, it would create a lumpy “orange peel” texture. This happened to me a bit, but it wasn’t worth panicking over because in between each application of the coats of Polycrylic, when I sanded and did some gentle buffing (with extra, fine grit sandpaper), it helped to smooth out surface imperfections. The sanding also helped to give additional coats of the Polycrylic sealer, something to adhere to. Each time I finished sanding, I made sure to wipe off the sanding dust with the static cling dust cloths, before applying the next coat of Polycrylic.

  16. Repeat steps 14-15

  17. I applied a (3rd) and final coat of Polycrylic. There was no need to sand after this coat dried…my counter was complete! Only step that remained, was to enjoy staring at my newly painted countertop! (I made sure to not drool on them with all of my gawking! Haha!) 😂


Tips for helping to make my painted kitchen countertop last as long as possible:

  1. I didn’t place anything back onto the counter surface for 48 hours, to give it a real good chance to set.
  2. I had to make sure everyone in my household understood that they needed to be careful with our new surface going forward. No dragging, banging, sliding anything across the surface. Also, no placing hot items directly on the surface, I always use a trivet or good potholder, for hot items. I don’t leave wet items on the counter. If I see any water drops or standing water, I immediately wipe it up. I read somewhere that if someone leaves a glass with a wet bottom, that it will leave a ring on the surface, but once it dries, the ring will diappear. But I try to avoid wet spots as best I can, anyway.


These are links to sites that I used for inspiration before attempting my DIY project:


Published by ourfauxrenohome

I'm a mommy/wife living an artsy life! When I have a little spare time on my hands, I'm either creating art designs that I sell on products in my online shop or I'm "Faux Renovating" our home by mainly using painting techniques. I also handmake most of the decor in my home by upcycling things I have laying around into new Farmhouse Style Decor! It's frugal and so fun! What more could a girl ask for?! ****Disclaimer: If you attempt any of the projects, techniques, and or use products I mention, do so at your own risk. For the more labor intensive projects, just as with exercise, consult with your doctor/physician to see if you should attempt such a project. Also, I’m not endorsing any products or promising any results, I’m just sharing project ideas and naming the products I’ve used to complete them and that it has personally worked out in the end for me. Treat this blog as though you’re reading my journal entries. I’m just sharing my story. Everyone has different abilities and, naturally, project results may vary. I’m not liable for any injury, harm, damage or cost that may result should someone attempt a project, use a technique, and or use any product(s) seen on my blog. Thank you!

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