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Do It Yourself - - Features - PROJECTS LES­LIE POYZER PHO­TO­GRAPHS JA­COB FOX WORDS NATALIE DAY­TON

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.

SPLIT PER­SON­AL­ITY

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

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