Tight Budget? Find Out How To Make Cement Look Like Marble

Thinking of remodelling your home? Marble floors look oh-so-gorgeous… but they are oh-so-expensive as well! Getting that distinctive veining and lustrous appearance can set you back quite a few bucks per square meter, depending on the tile quality, thickness, and size.

A large modern white kitchen with a cement floor that looks like marble

What if we told you that you had a way of getting marble floors at a lower budget? Surprised, right? With a little bit of DIY preparation and creativity, you can make your concrete floors look like marble! What’s more, with faux marble concrete floors and concrete countertops, you have a wider spectrum of colour options and patterns.

Want to learn how to make cement look like marble for DIY concrete countertops and floors? Read on!

How to Make Cement Look Like Marble Using Faux Painting Method

The faux painting method is the easiest way to create the marble look on cement. Using painting techniques, you can paint concrete walls, kitchen countertops, floors, etc., to look like marble. Here’s a step-by-step guide to see how it works.  

Things that you will need

  • Water
  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Pre-Mixed Concrete Mix
  • Primer
  • Paint 
  • Resin 
  • Hardener
  • Acrylic Colour
  • Glaze
  • Propane Torch
  • Bucket
  • Putty Knife
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Protective Goggles
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Facemask
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Rollers
  • Drop Cloths
  • Sponge
  • Paper Towel
  • Sandpaper

DIY steps

1. Choose the marble texture and colour

Select the marble texture and the colour that you want. You look at marble catalogues at your local home improvement store or browse online for inspiration. Most people want to go with either white or black marble, but the choices are endless.

a living room with a comfortable sofa and a cement floor that looks like marble

It is better to have a reference picture with you when you are applying the epoxy coating. Select complementary or contrasting colours. You have to select three to four colours to create the marble effect. Choose colours that will work well with your home decor – this can be something that blends easily with the surroundings or something that is highly contrasting. 

2. Clean the area

The next step is to clean the area that you want to transform. If there is dust, dirt, and grime in the area, it will ruin your entire paint job, which is certainly not something you want, right? Take some hot water in a bucket and add dishwashing soap to it. 

Wash the area with this soapy mixture thoroughly and let it air dry. If there are any grease stains or spots, get them all out as well using baking soda and vinegar.

3. Prep the area

Make sure that there is no furniture around that will get damaged by the paint. Cover any area that you don’t intend to paint with drop cloths. Make sure that you keep your kids or pets(if any) out of the area.

Keep the room well-ventilated. To keep smooth edges, use painter’s tape to mark the boundaries clearly. Moreover, you should wear rubber gloves, protective goggles, and a face mask to keep yourself safe from any harmful fumes. 

4. Fill any holes

If there are any holes in the cement floor, fill them up using pre-mixed concrete or make your own mixture. Make the concrete smooth with a putty knife and let it cure for a few hours. Once you are sure it is dry, you can move to the next step.

5. Apply the primer

You need to select a primer specifically made for coloured concrete; just any primer will not give you the desired results. Apply a thin, even coat of primer using a paint roller. To get in the crevices and hard to reach areas, you can use a brush instead of a paint roller

Let the coat of primer dry before you move on. The waiting time will be mentioned on the back of the primer can. If you don’t wait, you will mess up the entire paint job, so don’t do that – be patient; it will be worth the while!

6. Apply the acrylic texture

Mix the acrylic colour that you have selected with glaze. Dip a cloth or brush in the mixture so that you can create drips on the cement with the fabric. These drips will create the cherished marble pattern and effect for you.

a white kitchen with a cement floor that look like marble

7. Apply the coat of coloured epoxy

Take the resin and hardener out and mix them as per the instructions given on the box. Carefully apply the epoxy to the cement. It will take almost 45 minutes for it to set in

If there are any bubbles in the epoxy, you can use a heat gun or propane torch to get rid of them. Hold the torch head almost 10 cm away from the surface and sweep it over. Let the colour resin coat dry for 24 hours.

8. Add the 2nd colour to the mix

Select a colour that is complementary to the base coat. With the help of paintbrushes, apply the base colour as well as the second colour in unequal amounts. Mix both the colours until they blend with each other, but they still have distinct splotches and streaks. 

9. Add the 3rd and 4th colour to the mix

Before the paint in the last step dries completely, apply a third colour. However, don’t use a paintbrush this time – dab the paint using a sponge. With the help of a paintbrush, create veins using the 4th colour of paint that contrasts with the rest of the paint colours.

With the help of a flared brush, give the entire paint a feathered job. Let the paint dry for 24 hours. You can practise the marbling technique first on cardboard or scrap paper until you build enough confidence and are satisfied with your application technique before starting the actual makeover.

10. Apply clear concrete sealer 

Once the colour coat dries, you can apply a coat of clear epoxy sealer. Let it dry thoroughly. Once it dries, use sandpaper for sanding the surface lightly or for better results, you can use a sander. Use a cloth or paper towel to wipe the dust off. 

Apply a second coat of clear epoxy sealer. Let it dry. The drying time will be mentioned on the back of the paintbox. Again, be patient – don’t mess up the entire paint job. Once it dries, you will have cement that looks like marble. 

Voila! You have achieved the faux marble finish you desired!

Other ways to make cement look like marble 

Apart from the painting technique that we have discussed above, there are other ways to remodel cement to look like marble as well. You can use cement acid stains for creating amazing, natural-looking marble effects on cement floors, countertops, etc. 

The acid stains penetrate and react with the cement and produce dark and light areas that look like natural marble stone colour variations. You can stain concrete floor entirely, spot stain it, or create marble-like veins – the painted floor choices are endless!

Another way is by burnishing cement floors to mimic the lowlights and highlights of marble. It usually involves using a machine or hand trowel for burnishing the white concrete surface until the desired degree of colour variation and pattern is achieved.

a modern corridor with a cement floor that look like marble

You can create a cement floor that looks like marble by following simple DIY steps. These floors not only look good, but they are easy on the pocket as well. Moreover, they offer the stability that other floors simply can’t. What’s more, all you need to maintain DIY concrete countertops or concrete floors is occasional sweeping and mopping, unlike marble ones. You can use various ways to transform plain concrete into alluring marble, and you can use these hacks on both new and existing cement floors along with cement overlays. 

The techniques mentioned above are simple enough for beginners. Go through the methods that we have discussed above, and you will have beautiful floors with faux finish and concrete countertops in no time. Whether you are going in for a bathroom renovation, remodelling the kitchen countertops with DIY concrete countertops methods or simply want to upgrade the concrete look in your garage floors, we are here to help.

Here’s to a beautiful, luxurious home, folks!

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