How to Paint a Drinks Trolley with a Marble Effect

The drinks trolley has made a big comeback and adds a sophisticated and luxurious statement to any living room, lounge or dining room.


– Wooden table – Sandpaper – Base paint  – Paint brushes – Feather – Shades of grey – Gold craft paint

Step 1: Source your ‘Trolley’

If you find a suitable piece but it doesn’t have wheels you can easily add them so don’t be put off!

Step 2: Sand & Prepare

When I brought my secondhand trolley home I gave it a quick sanding over paying particular attention to the flat tray surfaces as this needed to be shiny like marble. 

After making sure it was clear of dust and as smooth as possible I painted three layers of Rustoleum chalk paint in ‘Chalk White.

Step 3: Paint your Base Color

This paint can act as both a primer and a finishing coat. So my first coat was the ‘primer’ and then I did a further two coats.

Step 4: Hand-painted Marble Effect

Once I was happy with the white finish all over I started to hand-paint on the marble effect.

Before you start, look for an image online of a white and grey Carrara marble that you like which you could use for inspiration.