Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Painting Faux Marble on Your Porcelain Countertops!!

Hi Everyone! I'm baaaaaack!! 

It's been awhile. I had a baby, bought a house, yada-yada.. and I've decided to start having fun and blogging again!! 

As everyone knows, buying a house can be a wonderful, yet daunting experience. You want to change it and make it your own, yet you also want to save and not spend a fortune doing so. 

That being said, our first house is perfect for us, but it definitely has some things I want to change. So I decided to start small, and make some changes in our half bath. 

As you can see from the picture, our "tiny oasis" started with a light, calming green.. checkered flooring.. and a white/blue streaked vanity.
As sweet as it was- It just wasn't our taste!!

We started with painting the walls grey, getting new artwork, sprucing up the base boards by painting them white, and buying Allure Wood Flooring to install. I loved all the changes.. but something was still not sitting right with me.. and it was the vanity. The off-white, sparatic blue-streaked vanity. 

I thought at first that maybe I could paint the vanity base BLUE.. a fun, pop of color if you will.. but every color I found didn't quite match the blue.. and every day I disliked it more and more... 

I saw this picture while looking through bathrooms on PINTREST and fell in LOVE with the Carrara Marble top! #swoon 

So being silly and naive, I thought I could just buy a new marble vanity top--the base had to be what was expensive, right? WRONG! A marble top like this at your local hardware store can cost anywhere between $250++. This was WAY out of our budget. So I had to figure something else out... 

And that's when I decided, I would paint my Vanity Top. 

Call me crazy (my husband did) but I was determined to get this look for under $50!! 

This project took 1.5 days to prime and dry, 3 hrs to paint, 1 hour to epoxy, and 3 days to cure.. but it was worth every. single. minute, and I would do it all over again.

For this project, you will need the following: 

For painting: 
- Flat paint brush for blending
- Different size paint brushes for painting the veins (or even a feather if you have one for the tiny veins, I didn't have one...) Sizes I recommend are Med. Flat, small, and tiny. 
- Natural sponge (Can be found at hardware stores, or Hobby Lobby/Michaels) 
- Small can of Primer for ALL SURFACES (I used this one from Menards; it was even cheaper in the store than the current online price.
- 3 different greys' for painting, Light to Dark. (I used Americana Acrylic Paint from Hobby Lobby; .75 cents a bottle.)
-Styrofoam Roller paint brush for painting vanity top with primer. (You can buy these kits at a Hardware stores & Craft stores for about $3) 
-Painters tape
- Small plastic cups/plates for putting different paints on while painting the vanity. 

For the Expoxy: 
- Envirotex Lite for Epoxy (The cheapest I found was at Menards; I bought the 32 oz so I wouldn't have to worry about running out. I used half! You can save the rest for a later project. )
- Brown Paper Wrap (Found a pack of this by the PAPER ROLLS at Home Depot for $3) 
- Sheet/Cardboard/Plastic to put Vanity on to paint & epoxy. (Be ready to toss this out after.) 
- Bucket (I bought a pumpkin bucket from the dollar store.) 
- 4 one-quart, multi-mix pails (found at any hardware store, in the paint aisle.) Usually about $1.50/ea.
- Sponge brushes (Used to spread epoxy-so get the cheap ones!) 
- Throw away latex gloves
- Painting stir sticks (Free!)
- Straw

After all that, I spent roughly $40 dollars.. Awesome cost!! But would it look good??? I didn't know... but to me, it was worth the risk.

To start this project, take your vanity and place it on a sheet/plastic/cardboard boxes that you don't care about ruining. Wrap your sinks' hardware in painters tape, and remove your drain completely so that when the epoxy drips through, it will go straight down into the bucket. Place the bucket you are going to catch the epoxy in underneath the drain hole, and tape it in place with painters tape for extra precaution. 

Next, clean and wipe down your entire vanity top. Then take your white primer, and paint the entire vanity top. I started with a typical paint brush, but realized it would go quicker, and paint better, with a Styrofoam roller. I did one coat, and let it dry for 24 hrs. ((I noticed a few rough spots, so I sanded it and painted it again.)) I then waited about 12 hrs-and it was perfect, and ready to start painting!! 

Before you start painting, you may want to check out this great video of a woman painting her IKEA table below. It really helped me with learning techniques, and understanding the importance of blending!  

Once you're ready to paint, take your lightest grey and mix it with a little bit of your primer. 
Take your sponge, dampen it a little bit under water (be sure to squeeze, you do NOT want water dripping) then dip it in the paint, and start to dab it over your entire vanity top. (If you notice some particles falling off your sponge, clear them off your vanity, and wet your sponge. This means your sponge is too dry.) 

Next, take your MEDIUM size flat paint brush, and dip it in your medium grey paint color. Use this brush to then paint a "background" effect of swirls on your vanity as you see below. As you are doing this, take your dry Blending Brush, and blend back and forth. My husband walked by at this moment, and turned back around. Seeing this effect is scary.. but KEEP GOING!! :) 

Once you've done enough "swirls", you can take your sponge again with your light grey-primer paint mix- and blot throughout your entire top. Don't blot it too much though, you want the grey to show through so that you have a nice dimension. 

Next, take your blending brush, and this time take your sponge and dip it into the light grey without primer. Every time you blot, you need to blend. It doesn't matter what direction you go with the paint, you want it to look natural. So blot, blend. Blot, blend. Over and over, until you are happy with the look. This will become second nature to you. You will become a blot/blending Queen! 

Ta-Da! You could honestly stop here if you don't like the look of veins and just want a soft, marble effect. However, if you are like me and like the look of veins in the marble, then you can start making the veins with your small paint brushes. 
So after you are happy with the overall "base" you take your SMALL paint brush, and dip it into your darkest grey. In the most natural way possible, drag the brush from one place to another on your vanity top. You may even try using your non-dominant hand to give it more of a jagged effect. While I was doing this, I would also stop after a few- and you guessed it- blot with my sponge, and then blend with my brush so that my veins were a bit softer, and more natural. 

Once you've got the hang of it, and you start to get a lot of veins going on throughout your top, you can start to use your TINY brush, and connect veins to each other, and even branch a few out. This is why I recommend having two different size brushes - it just makes your veins look more natural. (Use can use a feather for this step as well.) 
Also, if you want the veins to be more pronounced, don't blot and blend. Just leave the veins as is and let the veins dry on their own. (I did that with a few below so that they were a darker grey and not "soft".) 

After 2 hours of painting I was very happy with this result.. and I let it dry for a few hours... but after looking at it once it dried, I felt it was not soft enough for the space, and wanted to add a bit more grey for dimension. (I know, I'm a perfectionist and I'm famous for over-doing it...but I couldn't sleep without fixing it!) 

So.. I rolled up my sleeves, and got back to it. I took more light grey and blotted it with my sponge all over the vanity, as well as took my blending brush and blended everywhere I blotted. I also took some more of the white primer/light grey mix and did the same process again in some parts of the top. 

I was finally happy with it and ready to epoxy! 

Once you're ready to epoxy-Take the brown paper wrap, and wrap it around your entire vanity so that the dripping epoxy doesn't damage it. Use painters tape to secure. Remove the painters tape from your sink hardware. (We unfortunatly removed this too late and some of the epoxy formed around the tape, and we had to cut it with a knife). Be sure to wipe down your vanity top with a dry cloth so that you do not have any paint/dust/etc. before you epoxy. 
Also, being that this stuff not only drips, but forms tiny bubbles you need to get rid of- I would recommend doing this during the day, or when you are able to check on it for the first few hours.

Follow ALL the instructions for the Envirolite. (This is when you would use your Quart Multi-Mix pails and put on your latex gloves.) Following the mixing instructions is KEY. It's very important to stir for the time they tell you, or else you could end up with a sticky top, or even a yellow one. 
(Out of the 32 oz box we bought - We used half of each mixture to cover this top.)

 Once your epoxy is mixed and ready, it's time to start! We poured the mixture starting from the back of the top, and let it trickle down the wall. We also poured all around the vanity top. It's meant to self-level, however I did notice some dry spots, so I used my sponge brush and blended the epoxy all over the top. Be sure to use the sponge brush to wipe some on the edges too! 
Once you have poured all the epoxy you will start to notice little bubbles. Take your straw, and simply blow on all the bubbles. Your breath will pop the bubbles! Side Note: Be sure not to jam the straw into the epoxy. I did this a few times, and had to use my sponge brush to blend it back again!! You also need to use your paint stick to rub underneath the vanity top so that drips do not start to form. 

For the first 2-3 hrs-every 45 min. or so, I blew on bubbles, and rubbed the paint stick around the edges. I was already loving the effect- it looked like glass!!

Once you no longer see any drips, or bubbles, it's time to leave the vanity ALONE because it starts to get sticky! It's hard to do since it's so cool, but it's best to let it cure for 72 hrs without touching it. (I did go look at it every night before bed though) :) 

After 72 hrs. it's safe to remove the paper around the vanity, throw out the bucket, re-install the drain, and bring it back into your space. 

We absolutely LOVE the vanity- it honestly looks just like real marble!!

What fun things have you done with your bathroom? 

I would love to hear about all your projects!! 

Thanks for stopping by! :)



Friday, October 5, 2012


Happy Fashionista Fridays! I know it's just starting to get cold and you're pulling out your sweaters, but PANTONE has just released it's Spring 2013 Color Report! Check out the colors below and some items to buy! My favorite color is the LINEN; it's so girly and sweet!
What is your favorite color in the collection?


featuring jason wu

AX Paris short dress, $24 / Yellow cardigan / Schutz pointed toe flat, $175 / Jason Wu / Gold necklace / Burberry , $175 / OPI nail polish / Cara Accessories hair accessory

Thursday, October 4, 2012

How to Carve by Color- Silhouette Pumpkins!!

I love Halloween and finding new, creative ways to carve pumpkins and make them look really cool! I came across these Martha Stewart Pumpkin Designs and I thought they were really fun and creepy! What I love most is how easy this is to do and she even gives you templates to print out and use on your pumpkins! Below is the step-by-step process to making an awesome silhouette pumpkin! What are some of your pumpkin carving ideas?


STEP 1: Use a knife or a keyhole saw to carve out pumpkin; carve out bottom so that light can be put inside, and stem is fully intact. Be sure to clean out all seeds and pulp. All sides should be smooth. 

STEP 2: Print out template, cut all white portions of template, and tape to your pumpkin. Use a T Pin or Needle and prick the outline of the outside of the entire template. 

STEP 3: Use a knife and cut out the portions of the "LIGHT YELLOW" section of the template. (If there are no light yellow sections- then do not cut into the pumpkin.)

STEP 4: Use a Linoleum cutter, and scrap all the "DARK YELLOW" portions of the template. This will allow the Silhouette effect to show on the pumpkin. Do not shave or cut into any of the "ORANGE" part of the template.

STEP 5: You can use either a candle, battery-operated candles, or even a jar wrapped with christmas lights to light up your pumpkin. 


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednes-DIY: How to make the Perfect Appetizer Ring!

My Mother is not an Undomesticated Diva like myself; She's always giving me her tips for meals, design, and showing me simple tricks for stuff around the house. Something I've always struggled with is how to make her Appetizer Ring, I'm perfectionist and want to get it just right! She ended up showing me her top-secret shortcut that helped me make it look store bought; All you'll need is a cup, a spatula, and 5 minutes!! Check out our tutorial below, as well as the recipe for the dish!! What are your quick tips for yummy appetizers?


3 Packages of Cream Cheese

2 Package of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 1/2 Bushel of Green Onions- Chopped 

1 1/2 Red Pepper- Chopped 

Red Pepper Seasoning- 1 tsp


          Mix all ingredients together, save a little bit of the onions & red peppers to top the appetizer, and surround with crackers.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Today's Hue for the Tuesday Mood Board is BURNT ORANGE

This color is warm, cozy, and the perfect pallete for the Fall. 
Below are some inspirational ideas to get you in the mood for Orange! 
What would you do with this color? 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DIY Ghosts $1 STORE!

Halloween is so fun! I love decorating the house and putting things outside that are going to scare the trick or-treaters. I try and find new ways to make different decorations every year so that the neighborhood kids don't get bored, and one of my favorite spots to shop is the $1 Store! 

This project is super easy, and only $2 per ghosts! Even better- they light up at Night!! 

Step 1: Take Ghost Lantern out of Package, as well as the Bloody Cloth. 

Step 2: Take the middle portion stand of Lantern and fit it into the Ghost. 

Step 3: Flatten out the Bloody Cloth so that you are able to fit it over Ghost Lantern.

Step 4: Take the Bloody Cloth and put it over the Ghost Lantern; the hook will poke through the cloth. You can even double it up if you don't want it hanging as long.

Step 5: Hang outside

                                                                                  Step 6: Light up and Enjoy!! :D 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mix/Match prints and colors like a Pro...Diva!

Who doesn't love a Mixed Pattern look?? I get so inspired by the looks in magazines, but can never seem to make the look happen when I go shopping.. I get so hung up on prints! I read this article by Lauren Conrad (Love her blog) and she breaks down a few key rules when it comes to mixing and matching prints! Lets' start getting bold!! Literally... :)

1.        Start Bold.  The first step to building your ensemble is finding the star piece, whether it be a loud floral skirt or a leopard printed blazer, use this piece as your jumping off point.
2.        Mixing polka dots and stripes is one of the easiest ways to achieve a mixed look. For those of you who are still a bit weary these are the patterns for you. Stick with black and white for a classically chic ensemble and add a dash of color with a killer bag or pair of heels.
3.        Choose a color family. Similar colors and palettes will help blend your prints, while still making a statement. If your pieces don't share a color within their respected prints, similar backgrounds, like brown, black, white, or grey, become extra important.
4.        Scale is key. Once you have your larger, bold print, be sure to pair it with a smaller, less dominate print. Two prints of equal scale will give your ensemble an overwhelming appearance and could be unpleasing to the eye.
5.        Avoid three. I always suggest limiting your mixing to two patterns. You don't want to go overboard. If your look calls for a third piece, go with a white blouse or a simple cardigan to tone down your prints.
6.        Accessorize accordingly. The right accessories can be the key to breaking up your ensemble. Try using solid colored items to tie your ensemble together like an oversized clutch or a belt.
7.        Try texture. If you're too nervous to mix your prints, try a more subtle approach by mixing different textured pieces, like a ruffled blouse with a lace skirt.

Below are some examples of how to rock mixed prints and patterns:

(Source:  Lauren Conrad)

(Source: Southern Charm)

(Source: Atlantic Pacific) )


(Source: Pintrest )


(Source: Nasty Gal)
(Source: Vintage Fringe)