I am so excited to show you all how I did our faux concrete counter using only paint!
If you have been following along you know that we have slowly started renovating our kitchen. The first area we tackled is the workstation/control center.
Remember how it looked when we moved in?
Workstation Area when we moved in
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I couldn’t handle this color so as soon as we closed I painted right over that bright yellow paint! You can read the other changes we have made so far in the Kitchen Renovation Files.
As I started to think through the space I knew I really wanted a concrete counter. For a variety of reasons (time, intensity, cost etc) it wasn’t an option to do a traditional concrete counter.
Enter Pure & Original Marrakech Paint and my faux concrete counter top was born!
Supplies Needed: All found online HERE
**UPDATE- Pure & Original has been kind enough to make a package for us! Click HERE for everything you need to complete this or a similar project.
- Wallprim Base
- Marrakech Paint
- Dead Flat Eco Sealer
- Trowel/Marrakech Spatula
- Paint Brush
- Medium and fine grit sandpaper
Let me start by telling you a little about this Paint. Marrakech is a lime-based, 100% all natural paint. It dries extremely hard and is mold and bacteria resistant. By adding the Eco Sealer it becomes washable and water repellent. Having said that, it is a wall paint and would not hold up well in high traffic areas. Even though we use our faux concrete counter workstation constantly, it is not a food prep area and has little water/moisture contact. I would recommend this for a powder room that isn’t used constantly, a desk area or even as an awesome surface for an entertainment console or coffee table.
***Unless you have used this particular Marrakech paint before, I HIGHLY recommend doing a practice board on a similar surface of the area you are applying to get the hang of it. It’s not hard but it definitely is better if you practice first to get the hang of it! I had never used a trowel before and found it so helpful to practice first!
Start by using medium grit sandpaper and thoroughly sanding down your surface. Initially I was planning on using my existing laminate counter top. However, we added a tile back splash and I didn’t want the lip on the back that our counter top had. My contractor made up a cheap laminate surface without the lip and that is what I used.
After allowing the Wallprim to dry I went ahead and added one more coat. Since my new counter top was white I wanted to make extra sure the surface was covered adequately. This is what your surface should look like when wallprim is dry. Don’t worry if you see brush strokes- imperfection is embraced with the faux concrete counter! I let mine sit overnight so I could be absolutely sure it was dry before moving on.
Now you are ready to apply your Marakkech Paint! I used Tin Kettle for my color but you can choose from more than 100 gorgeous colors!
Don’t be alarmed when you open the can. The paint is VERY thick! Stir it well making sure all the product is mixed together.
You will want to work in sections for this step. Use your large paint brush and apply in sections. Keep your edge wet as you go. Be generous with the amount you apply!
I let the Marrakech sit for a good 10-15 minutes before I started the troweling process allowing it to set. Take your trowel and pretend you are frosting a cake! Use a gentle hand and spread the paint smooth like you are spreading frosting. Do not worry about little dents- it’s all part of the charm! Wipe off your trowel with a rag in between to remove excess paint.
Now is when you have to be patient. This was the hardest part for me! You need to let the area dry for AT LEAST 3-7 days to allow the lime to fully cure. I let mine sit for 10 days!
After your counter is cured you will want to lightly sand it down. Use a very fine grit- I recommend a fine grit sponge for this step. Sand lightly just to smooth the surface. It will be very dusty and powder like. Clean up well before sealing!
The Eco Flat Sealer is what makes the surface washable and water proof. You will want to dilute your Dead Flat Eco Sealer with about 30% water. Stir this very well and then apply a layer with a brush. Do not use a roller as it will create bubbles. Allow to dry 24 hours and repeat the sealing process. Since I will be using this workstation often I did 3 layers of sealer to be extra cautious.
After you are finished with your final coat of sealer and have allowed it to dry wash the surface with a mild cleanser.
That’s it! It’s really not that difficult and creates such a stunning product! Look at the detail! People can’t believe this is paint and not a real concrete counter when I tell them!
I can’t tell you how much I loved using this paint. I’ve already got my next project in mind and am itching to get started! Feel free to ask me any questions I may not have answered and I will do my best to answer them! I can’t wait to see what you will transform into a faux concrete counter!