How To Paint Your Formica/Laminate Countertops To Look Like Marble

This simple step-by-step tutorial will show you how to paint your formica, laminate or even old granite kitchen countertops to look like marble, including the exact materials and paint you need.

About a year and a half ago, I decided to paint my kitchen countertops to look like marble. Today I’m sharing how to paint your kitchen countertops, and what the best kitchen countertop paint is that I used. Good news is that they have still held up, and I have been so in love with my kitchen countertops ever since.

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Giani Marble Easy Epoxy Countertop Paint Kit (Carrara White)

Giani Marble Countertop Paint Kit

If you haven’t checked out my previous post, before I painted my kitchen countertops I also did a small kitchen renovation for under $350 by painting our kitchen cabinet adding backsplash and new hardware. You can check that post out here, and everything I used! 

First, let me start out by saying I used the Giani Countertop Paint Kit from Amazon. It has almost 2,000 4.5 star ratings. You can get many different colors and styles of countertop paint such as granite, but I wanted to make my kitchen countertops look like marble. It’s under $200, and looks pretty real from afar.

This marble countertop paint kit comes with everything you need such as rollers, roller pads, brushes, veining paint, primer, highlighter paint, drop cloths, 600 grit sandpaper, paint stirring sticks, gloves, epoxy, sponge, spray bottle, and step by step instructions. You will just need to supply your own painters tape. It is also safe for indoor use and has little to no smell.

Painting my countertops took about 2 days, but took about 5-7 days to fully cure. So when you’re finished make sure you don’t place anything on your countertops for about a week or so. I just used the stovetop instead for any kitchen activity. 

Step By Step Process- How To Paint Your Kitchen Countertops

1) Prep Your Kitchen and Counters

First start by taping off your kitchen with painters tape as well as the drop cloths that are included in the kit. Prep your counters first by using the 600 grit sandpaper to get rid of any bumps, grease, debris. 

2) Apply the base primer

Once your counters have been sanded and wiped down, you are ready to begin painting! Your first coat will probably look hideous. I was quite skeptical at first, but keep applying as many coats of primer paint until you get to your desired white color. I think mine took about 3 or 4 coats. The photo below was the first coat and I was so nervous.

3) Paint the marble veins

I thought that this would be the most daunting part of the countertops. It can be quite nerve-racking because you want to make the perfect vein. However, just remember, it’s just paint! If you don’t like how your vein came out, just paint over it with the primer and try again.

I found it best to search for photos of white marble countertop veining to get some ideas on what types of movement to make. 

Use your small artistic brush included with your kit, and draw away! Don’t let the veins dry, because you’ll want to distress them. Make sure to paint each vein one by one, then do step 4 (see below) after each vein. 

To be honest, at first I when I looked at my kitchen counters, I didn’t like the amount of veining I had, so I added more, and got sloppy. It seemed the sloppier I made my veining, the more natural of an appearance they seemed to have.

4) Distress the marble veins

Again, make sure to just paint one vein at a time as you don’t want them to dry so that you can distress them. 

To distress them, take your spray bottle filled with water that comes with your kit, and start spritzing over the paint. Once the water has been applied, take your larger paint brush, and dab overtop of the wet paint and water. This will start to spread the paint out, and have it bleed out making the veining look more natural. Distress to your desired look. There is no right or wrong way. You can also use the sponge for texture.

I even applied some highlight paint with the small artistic brush to lighten some spots of them. 

5) Mix the the epoxy activator into the epoxy resin

This was the most daunting part because it’s timed. One the epoxy activator has been mixed with the epoxy resin you have 30 minutes. If not completed within 30 minutes the epoxy will start to thicken and get sticky making your countertop texture no longer able to be rolled on. When working on this part, make sure you will have no interruptions.

Using your gloves, pour the entire small can of the epoxy activator into the epoxy resin and mix with the paint stirrers for about 3 full minutes. 

6) Apply the mixed epoxy coat

Make sure there are no hairs/dust sitting anywhere or even the smallest of air bubbles will appear once the clear coat is applied. Once mixed, you can start so slowy drizzle the epoxy mix over the countertops one section at a time. 

Use your paint rollers to smooth it out, and get complete coverage. It will drip a lot. This is where the drop cloth sheets become very useful. 

Continue to do this across all sections of the countertops. 

7) Wait to cure

At this point, you have finished painting your kitchen countertops! It will take about 2 days to fully dry without feeling sticky, and about 5-7 days to cure without making an indents. 

Finished Results:

All in all, I give the Giani Countertop Paint Kit a 5 star rating. Although painting countertops won’t last forever, ours has lasted about 2 years so far (photos below), and we saved thousands of dollars. If I’m being transparent, the super reflective shine has dulled down a bit, but really that’s about it.

I’m not rough in my kitchen, and always use cutting boards, so we have no chipping yet or discoloration. I also constantly make sure to clean them with soap and water, and no chemicals. 

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