How to Paint a Marble Effect Drinks Trolley

In this guest post by Interior Designer and Artist Julia Clare you will learn how to paint a marble effect drinks trolley using a handpainted marbalising technique.


– Sample pots of grey paint in 3 shades – Metallic craft paint (optional)


– Feather – Cloth and/or Toothbrush – Spray bottle with water

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.

Step 3: Paint your Base Colour

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 4: Hand-painted Marble Effect

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

Step 5: Finishing Touches

I used gold on some of the carved detail of the table legs, and to touch up the old steel on the wheels- you will likely need a few coats for this.