Recently I was asked my opinion of faux marble by a local stone fabricator, Econ Granite. I love giving my opinion. About anything. Just ask my husband. HAHA.
But seriously. With all of the do-it-yourself television programs and the abundance of information and images online, faux marble LOOKS like a great solution. For just a moment.
If you’re wondering what the heck faux marble is, it is NOT the quartz I was singing praises for in a recent blog post. But instead, it is a painting technique that people are using on furniture and on countertops. Yes, you read that correctly: painting countertops. Which is why this is such a bad idea. Econ Granite went into much more detail about why this is no bueno HERE.
I won’t repeat what they have to say about why it is a such a bad idea, and you can also see my opinion alongside some other wonderful designers, so click on through to read all about it.
Instead I will share some images of the beautiful, natural marble selections used in our Project Tulip’s kitchen and you can see with your own eyes why natural stone marble is the way to go.
Let’s start with this gorgeous marble backsplash. It was created from 3″ x 9″ tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. We removed all of the upper cabinets on this side of the kitchen and allowed for a dramatic stone display.
We chose a Statuario marble for the countertop. For no specific reason other than it matched the backsplash best. (How is that for fancy designer insight?) But you cannot get this level of detail or depth with faux marble. Plus, the way it FEEEEEELS. It’s cool to the touch, smooth, and simply exquisite.
The backsplash tile was already a polished finish, so we honed the marble countertop in order to tone down the shine in the kitchen overall. You can reverse that too. If the backsplash is matte, a polished countertop is a nice yin to that yang.
If you follow our projects, you’ll recognize the island has since been painted a deep navy blue. It was originally white, as you can see here, but our client eventually agreed that some color would be interesting in this kitchen. But I like this image best to showcase the stone. It definitely is not faux marble.
Have you ever tried a DIY project like faux marble? How did it turn out? I’d love to hear!