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How to: Paint on Marble with Chalk Paint®

Learn how to paint a marble surface using Chalk Paint®.

Painting marble isn’t something everyone will want to do, but it’s a brilliant way to update a piece of furniture if you don’t like the colour of the stone. Marble topped furniture – whether it’s an old coffee table or a traditional dresser – might just not work for you. Perhaps you find the stone a little cold or it’s just the colour of the marble that doesn’t work in your space. You might have inherited a piece or picked one up at a flea-market, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it as it is. A quick lick of Chalk Paint® and you can transform your furniture in minutes – creating the exact look to suit your style.

Step by step guide to painting on marble with Chalk Paint®

  1. Paint the marble with your chosen Chalk Paint® colour using a Chalk Paint® Brush. Here Annie has chosen Paris Grey. The first coat is applied quite thinly, with brush strokes in every direction.
  2. Leave the paint to dry for a couple of hours.
  3. Apply the second coat of Chalk Paint®, again relatively thinly. Use a light touch and feather the brush strokes on the paint to create a smooth finish. The Annie Sloan Flat Brush is great for feathering.
  4. *Optional: if you would like an even smoother finish, you can sand the paint once it is dry using an Annie Sloan Sanding Pad in fine grade. This will remove the appearance of brushstrokes even further.
  5. Once dry, wax as you would any other piece of furniture using Clear Chalk Paint® Wax and a Chalk Paint® Wax Brush or lint-free cloth.
  6. Allow the wax to cure (harden) before use. It will be touch dry within 24 hours, but will take up to 2 weeks to fully harden. You can use it during this time, just be gentle.

Painting marble or stone needn’t be a headache. With the right tools in hand, transforming your furniture is a breeze, right from the wooden base to the marble top. Once you’ve finished painting, remember you can also bring out details with gilding. You might be tempted to skip waxing, but that’s the secret to creating a lasting finish, even on marble. Have a play with different colour combinations and brush techniques. Once you get into your stride, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.  And remember, your local Annie Sloan Stockist can always guide you along the way.

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