DIY Modern ‘Marble’ Desk Makeover

modernworkspacelargepinDreaming of marble, but it isn’t in the budget? Paint your own!  Transform any desktop, worktop, vanity, or countertop into a custom marble-like finish using Giani™ stone paints for countertops.

We revamped this seriously outdated desktop into high-end looking ‘marble’ using Giani’s White Diamond small project kit.





  • Giani White Diamond Small Project kit (includes: primer, 3 mineral colors, topcoat, applicators, and instructional dvd)
  • Fine point artist brushes
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towels and paper plates
  • Painters tape
  • Paint tray



Prep your surface and tape/protect what you don’t want painted.  (For guided instructions on prep and the full Giani process, check out the detailed Giani granite instructional video.)

Prime using the Giani Iron Core primer and let dry for 8 hours.

Depending on the finish you want, begin to sponge or roll on your Giani mineral colors.


>>There are 2 methods to creating a marble look<<


The first marble method, is the traditional sponging technique- as shown in the following two kitchens:



For guided instructions on how to create this look, check out the Detailed White Diamond kit how-to video:


The second marble method is to add water to your Giani™ minerals and build up layers-  this creates natural flows and styles, and is a more advanced technique.  


For guided instructions of the experimental water technique, check out the DIY Marble with Giani White Diamond Kit:


For our desk makeover, we used the water marble technique to create a high-end looking marble finish.  First, we rolled on a thin layer of White Limestone over the dried primer to help lighten the base, before applying the water layers.

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Then, We sponged on more White Limestone in diagonal flows to begin to build up the layers.


After sponging the base, we experimented with the Giani+water layers using the Pearl Mica, White Diamond, and Charcoal mineral colors.  We built up at least 5 layers using the water techniques shown in our Water Video— spraying on water and pouring on the paint, and then spraying the water again to create flows.  Additionally, we painted on veins using a thin artist brush.  Be sure to allow your final layer of Giani+water to dry for at least 8 hours before sealing with the topcoat.

Then, step back and enjoy your handywork!  Pretty amazing what a little paint can do to transform a space.







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