Learn to Make a Granite Tile Table Top


A granite tile look can be wonderful on a small side table that you want to stand out as an accent piece and here’s how to paint it!

We asked our friend Elizabeth Cohen to teach us some interesting painting techniques that can not only be used on furniture but can also be used on your walls.  The following intructions are for a Granite Tile Table Top.

Make sure you check out Elizabeth’s other painting techniques Custom Stencil Table Top and Marble Look Table Top.

Materials List:

  • fine sanding block
  • de-glosser
  • cotton rag
  • small roller tray
  • 4” roller handle
  • 4” roller cover
  • 1 quart black satin latex paint
  • ¼” detailing tape
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors or craft knife
  • natural sea sponges
  • newspaper
  • Styrofoam or heavy paper plates
  • pewter, light blue, silver, bronze and white craft paints
  • semi-gloss polyurethane


1. To achieve this custom granite tile look table top, the first step is to lightly sand and de-gloss your surface, making sure all dust is removed using a fine grit sanding block and low odor paint de-glosser with a rag.

2. The next step is to base paint your surface with black satin latex paint using a 4” roller and small disposable rolling tray. You will have to purchase 1 quart of paint, and you can use the same paint for part of the texturing technique in the following step. It will most likely take 2 to 3 coats of paint to cover the surface, as you will want the black to be completely solid, free of streaks. Let the final coat of black dry overnight.

3. Using ¼”auto detailing tape, (which can be special ordered from some paint stores or purchased from an auto detailing shop) you will tape off the black surface in a grid pattern.

4. I measured the table top from edge to edge, then divided it into 4 equal parts. Tape all your vertical lines first, then your horizontal lines. Press the tape down to assure a clean edge when it comes time to remove it.

5. Now comes the creative part! Dampen your sea sponges (each should be no more than 4”across) and lightly dip into your craft paint. The easiest container to use for this process is a Styrofoam or heavy paper plate. Remove any excess paint by dabbing the sponge on newspaper, then lightly sponge the color onto the surface in a random pattern. Each square should look a little different from the rest, which will give you a natural look at the end. You will sponge one color at a time allowing each color to dry before moving on to the next. I began with metallic pewter, followed by light blue, metallic silver, metallic bronze, white, then finishing with black where I needed to randomly darken areas.

6. Let the sponging technique dry overnight.

Remove the tape one strip at a time. When all tape is removed, you will want to apply 2 coats of semi-gloss water based polyurethane with a low nap 4” roller. This will give the piece the glossy sheen expected from a granite surface as well as protect your artistry!

Again a special thanks to Elizabeth, she can be reached at the following e-mail address.

Elizabeth Cohen
President, Faux Elegance Specialty Painters
President, Friends of Solon Center for the Arts

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