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Painting Granite Countertops to Look Like Marble

One of my very, very brave design clients decided they were tired of their busy granite countertops. The granite was over 20 years old, and they were looking for a lighter brighter look. They weren’t interested in spending huge money to replace them all, so they decided they would try painting their granite. I know, that seems so crazy right? But why not? I mean, people paint laminate all of the time. They were doing the prep, base coat, and  end project epoxy sealer, and  brought me in for the part of painting the granite countertops to look like marble.

Kitchen island before painting granite countertops


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There is a video of the full transformation. If you’re interested in how the marble technique is painted, I have a video on that at the end of the post. You can also see how we transformed an old sewing table into an island with a marble slab.


Brown and tan granite countertops to be painted

While their old marble wasn’t bad by any means, and of course were in great shape, the color was very early 2000’s. The client really liked the simpler, cleaner look of marble.

Kitchen before painting granite countertops

There are granite countertop kits you can buy, but since they wanted a custom colors, they decided to put everything together on their own. Painting old granite countertops It’s really a great idea, because as granite colors go out of style, there has to be some solution to upgrade them other than spending huge money to replace them. Especially if you buy a home  where the existing stone countertops are an awful color. I’ve seen some pretty ugly stone.

Granite countertop painted to look like marble white base coat

 They went through the steps of first sanding, priming and then painting with base color top coat of paint. It immediately brightened up and simplified the kitchen.

White paint base coat on granite countertops

After the paint had cured for a few days, I popped over and painted the marble pattern. It took me about 3 hours to paint both countertops.

Feathering to paint faux marble

I used a multi-surface paint to paint the marble. You can see this video of the marble-painting technique below. I’ve created faux marble a few ways, including paint poured faux marble on this table top.


Faux Marble countertop painted granite

I’m really pleased with how it ended up. I’ll share the finished project once they have the epoxy completed and the kitchen is back together.

Granite countertops painted to look like marble

The painted faux marble on the granite countertops really change the kitchen! The only downside to the top is that they won’t be able to treat it like granite, but more like laminate such as not putting hot pans directly on the surface, etc. However, they got a custom look for a few hundred dollars, so it can’t even compare!

Paint granite countertops to look like marble



One Comment

  1. Wow, wow, wow, this looks amazing. I love everything you did here. Even the color of the cabinets. You truly nailed this project. Thanks for sharing

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