We show all the techniques to bring the marble-look trend into your home.
Dip, spray, roll, paint—we test the techniques to bring the so-hot-right-now marble look to your home’s accessories.
YOU’RE SO VEIN
Currently trending: accent walls. This stunning marble-look wall treatment, right, is perfect in a tiny bath and easier to achieve than you might think. To get the look, prep your room for painting: Tape off trim and lay down a drop cloth. Remove any fuzz from a Woolie (a fauxfinish paint tool; the woolie .com) with tape or a lint roller, then wash the Woolie and blot dry. Using a large paintbrush, apply three large diagonal strips of different color paint
(we used dark green, light green, and black) to your wall. Prime the Woolie by applying all three paints directly to it with a paintbrush, then tap it in the same diagonal direction as the paint to blend (A). Continue across the entire wall. Allow paint to dry. To create veining, mix one part paint with three parts water. Dip feather into veining paint and wipe off excess. Drag feather in the same diagonal direction, turning and wiggling the feather to create the vein effect (B). Dab and brush a soft, clean paintbrush over the vein lines to lighten and slightly blur them (C). Allow to dry.
This tiny tray, right, offers double the look when dipped in Magic Marble paint. Line a small bucket with a garbage bag and fill with room temperature water. Drip Magic Marble paint (we used black, white, and clear) onto the water and swirl paint with a skewer.
Dip the tray halfway into the paint mixture. Using paper towels, sweep up remaining paint on water’s surface before removing tray. Pull out and let dry.
VANITY VIEWS Rich wood finishes on the vanity and mirror frame, left and below, are perfect for grounding the highimpact wall treatment. For the floating vanity, we cut a piece of Builder Walnut butcher-block countertop from Lumber Liquidators to size and installed it to the wall by screwing into studs and supporting with a wall bracket. (See page 106 for building instructions.)
ART IN MINUTES No experience necessary to create one-of-a-kind marble art like this one, below right. To make your masterpiece, fill a kiddie swimming pool with 1–2 inches of room temperature water. With art paper (cut to desired size) in arm’s reach, and working quickly, apply spray paint onto the top of water (A). We used pink, gray, silver, and black for our artwork. Lay art paper on top of water and lightly press into the paint (B). Pull up from water (C) and lay to dry. After paper is dry, use a sealer spray, such as Crystal Clear Acrylic from Krylon, to seal and prevent paint from flaking. (Some paint will still flake off; shake off outside before hanging indoors.)
SWIRLY STICKS Give a basic candle a quick dip to unveil your own shelf-worthy creations, right. Using the same technique as on the tray, page 20, add Magic Marble paint (or fingernail polish for the same effect) to a garbage- baglined bucket of water. For this project, we used black, gold, and clear. Swirl with a skewer (A), then dip candle into paint mixture (B). Sweep up remaining paint on water’s surface with paper towel, then pull out candle and let dry.
PULL GOALS Hark back to your years of Play-Doh sculpting to craft these marbled clay drawer pulls, left. Using smallsize packages of ovenbake clay (we used white, silver, tan, and sparkle), cut one chunk of white clay, then roll into a 5–6-inch snake. Cut a small portion of each accent-color clay and roll into skinny snakes. Combine all rolls and twist them together several times to get a good distribution of color throughout. Wind into a ball (A), then roll out to about ¼ inch thick
(B). Gather into a ball once again (C) and roll out to ¼ inch thick to continue to distribute the swirl pattern. Cut to the needed length to wrap around the pull
(D). Wrap and mold into place. Bake according to directions on clay package. Once cool, seal with gloss clay sealer following directions on package and allow to dry. Install on cabinet.
SPRAY SIMPLE Silly string-esque spray paint creates instant art reminiscent of marbling, this photo. Paint a canvas your desired color with crafts paint or matte spray paint and let dry. Spray canvas with Montana Marble Effect (we used silver) and allow to dry before hanging. TIP: Practice on scrap paper to get the technique down before applying to canvas.
THAT’S A WRAP Display your bedside treasures in style with this marble and wood tray (ours is made from a cutting board), left. Measure and cut contact paper to fit surface you’d like to cover. Apply contact paper, slowly peeling off backing (A). Measure and mark the location you want leather handles. Drill four holes. Measure and cut leather straps about double the length that is between screw holes for each handle. Punch a hole on each end of leather strap for screw post. Install leather straps and screw to tighten.
ON THE EDGE Add a swirly marbled edge to plain white pillowcases for a top-of-bed refresh, above right. Iron fabric to remove wrinkles. Spread out a trash bag, then spray a bed of shaving cream on top (it should be slightly larger than the area of pillowcase you plan to marble). Drizzle each color of fabric paint (we used blue, navy, green, tan, and white) over the shaving cream (A) and swirl with a skewer (B). Lay the area of the pillowcase you want marbled on top of the swirled paint and lightly pat. Carefully peel away pillowcase from shaving cream (C). Lay on a protected surface and use a squeegee or ruler to scrape away excess paint and shaving cream from pillowcase (D). Wipe squeegee after each swipe to keep pillowcase clean from excess paint. Allow paint to dry, then heat-set paint according to paint package instructions.
CONSTANT CONTACT ON ITS OWN, THIS GOLD-TONE LAMP IS A STUNNER, BUT ADD A STRIP OF MARBLE CONTACT PAPER AND YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE IS OFFICIALLY ALL THE RAGE. TO MAKE YOUR OWN, BUY A LAMP WITH A CYLINDRICAL OR SQUARE BASE AND APPLY.
HANG TIME TO HANG THE MARBLE ARTWORK, WE USED WOOD WALL ART STICKS, THEN ADDED A LEATHER CORD.
GET THE MARBLE EFFECT BY SPRAYING IN MESSY CIRCULAR MOTIONS AND OVERLAPPING SPRAY-PAINT COLORS. A B C
WE MIXED IN METALLIC GOLD VEINING TO ADD BONUS SHIMMER TO OUR WALL.
SEE THIS MARBLE WALL COME TO LIFE AT BHG.COM/MARBLEWALL