How to Paint a Marble Effect on Your Walls

Take your love for marble to a bold new level with this amazing painted accent wall.

The subtle coloring, soft veins, and no-two-pieces-are-quite-the-same look of marble make the material a popular choice in home design. But as exquisite as marble might be, many considerations are needed before its installation. For one thing, marble is heavy and requires specific supports before it can be installed. Plus, it's an expensive material and often requires special cleaning.

We found a way to capture everything you love and recreate the look with a marble paint wall treatment. Our easy how-to will show you the materials and techniques needed to get a marbleized finish on an accent wall. As a bonus, this DIY project won't break the bank. All you need are a few buckets of paint and some crafts supplies.

DIY Marble Wall Treatment
Matthew Clark

What You Need

  • Drop cloth
  • Painters tape
  • 2-6 different colors of paint that range 3-5 shades apart, plus white paint
  • Paint stir sticks
  • Wool pad (we used the Woolie, $29, Amazon)
  • Tape or lint roller
  • Plastic tub or bin
  • Large paintbrush
  • Feather
  • Large soft paintbrush

Step 1: Prep for Painting

  • Prepare the room by laying down drop cloths and applying painters tape to the trim.
  • Open paint cans and give them a stir. If they're too sticky, add one cup of water per gallon of paint to thin it out.
  • De-fuzz the wool pad with a piece of tape or a lint roller. You don't want any fuzz to make it onto the wall.
  • Fill a large container with water, wet the wool pad, blot it dry, then fluff it with your fingers.

Step 2: Apply Diagonal Lines

To start painting:

  • Dip a large brush into the first paint color.
  • Apply paint to the wall in heavy, diagonal, blotchy lines.
  • Repeat with all colors, alternating as you work your way across the wall.

Step 3: Blend Paint

Apply a small amount of each paint color to the wool pad. Next, use the pad to apply the same diagonal lines to the wall, blending together as you go. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

Step 4: Prep White Paint

To make the marble veins, mix 1 part white paint with 3 parts water. Dip a large feather into the paint and water mixture, wiping off any excess.

Step 5: Apply Thin Lines

Drag the painted feather across the diagonal lines of the wall. Turn, wiggle, and shake the feather as desired to mimic the look of natural marble veining. With a soft, dry, clean paintbrush, lightly dab over the vein lines to lighten and blur them. Let dry, then remove painters tape.

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