Sunday, December 28, 2014

A DIY Faux Marble Mantel

I LOVE marble -

White Faux Marble

And....................I wanted a slab of marble for the faux fire place we built for the bedroom.

You know, that cheap frugal DIY one we built?
So I decided a cheap frugal DIY marble mantel would fit perfectly !

We bought a length of wood for 12.00 - had it cut to fit the mantel ( and unbelievably enough there was exactly - to the tee - to make another mantel for the living room gas fireplace - which I'll age and stain )
It's a nice thick chunk - perfect for this project !

I gave it a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Pure White - and then mixed a little Paris Grey with Graphite to create the " veins ": and simple painted them on the white - feathering some so that it was thicker in some areas
( with 2 different sizes of artist brushes - one pointy edge - and one flat edge )

The next photos are before I put polyurethane on it ..................but you can see it on the fireplace at least !

I don't have a tutorial because I was in such a hurry to get it done that I didn't stop to take photos - but if the truth be known it would be difficult to show through photos anyway - you'd kind of need a video I think.
( of which there are probably a million of them out there with far superior results !!! )

I just made my " veins " and brushed them out in places and left them in tact in others - the only important thing to remember when doing this is to bring your veins down onto the front and sides of your slabs for authenticity......................

Another mantel to decorate !  ( this was just thrown together to show you the finished product- the only thing I know that's staying is that wreath from Target ( 25.00 if anyone's interested ! )

And that's my final DIY project for 2014 lol !

Have a wonderful day everyone - I'm off to buy another one of these wreaths - I'm in love !

Oh and that perfect deer?
10.00 ( again Target )
You can see the tutorial for the actual fireplace HERE

Much love,

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  1. Yay! Whatever Suzan wants, Suzan gets....

  2. Wow, that looks amazing Suzan. I think you did a beautiful job of creating 'marble' on wood. I love the mantel! Have a great day.

  3. That mantel is amazing... just beautiful and perfect for your mantel!

  4. Sooooo beautiful. Your faux mantel with the faux marble is just so pretty.

  5. It looks fabulous and if I didn't know it was faux, I would have thought it was the real thing. I too am loving that wreath and deer! I didn't see those at my Target, but I will be looking for the wreath next time I go! Have a happy week.

    Hugs, Vicky

  6. WOW--this is gorgeous and I am all about the frugal! Love your technique and your lovely styling! Hope your new year is filled with peace & joy! Blessings, Cecilia

  7. Your mantel is great - how do you come up with such great ideas?

  8. I'm a marble freak, too. I haven't tried doing faux marble yet and you have inspired me to give it a go. Well done!

  9. Great idea for your faux fireplace and it looks great! I need to run over to Target today to see if they have any boxwood wreaths left and while I'm at it I'll look for that adorable deer too.

  10. Adorable. It looks just like the real thing. Where did you get the wreath?

  11. So beautiful!! The mantel turned out great.

  12. Amazing, if you hadn't told me I would have sworn it was marble! Happy New Year!

  13. You are so good!! I just love it. You did a great job.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    xx oo

  14. It looks so real! Love it Suzan! Thanks so much for linking up at the Vintage Inspiration Party.

  15. Beautiful! Love it! Patty

  16. I really thought I commented on this, but I don't see it here. This is really amazing suzan and way beyond my skill level!

  17. That is amazing! I'm in awe of your incredible painting skills! Awesome job!

    ~Abby =)

    1. Thanks so much Abby - ( though it's a pretty easy project really - I don't " do " hard LOL !!! )

  18. Wow Suzan!! It TOTALLY looks real! You did an amazing job, I love it!

  19. That looks totally real in that pic! Great job! Thanks for sharing at HSH!


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