Since this project was completed, we have actually moved out of the house where this countertop is.
Shortly after moving in, I experimented with countertop paint in my kitchen. The kitchen ceiling was orange from years of smoke damage; the floor was yellowed linoleum.
See step by step what this $20 product looks like, get the DIY tutorial, and see what it looks like now! I’m not even going to try to make a pun about this. The fridge was filthy and I found one of those lovely fingernails you’ve heard me whine so much about.
I haven’t tried them all myself, but this list is just to show you that some are kits, and some are more single-product type things: No, I didn’t go crazy with the color, but I did use this painting project as an opportunity to figure out how light I would like the countertop to be. As you can see in the pic, I wasn’t exactly trying to color in between the lines; I just slapped on where I saw fit.
I wasn’t trying to hard to make things perfect or protect anything except the floors or appliances.
And the countertops were caked on with so much grease and dust we had to use oven cleaner to remove it. I’d seen “countertop makeover” kits at Home Depot, but at over $200 a pop, I wasn’t ready to take the plunge. During my limited time researching this product, I’d learned from user reviews that this stuff was pretty toxic and would take three full days for the paint to cure.
I think I make a pretty good case for why someone would want to paint everything just for the sake of freshening up the place rather than waiting on the true demo and remodeling to begin. Maybe we haven’t covered this before, but I’m first. In all fairness, this painting product from the Rust-oleum crew has only sixteen color options. Not only that, but the paint would not require priming if I were painting over laminate (which I was) and would stick to just about ) I found that the paint stick really came in handy on this project. ), I had read that the paint consistency would be important if the temps were going to drop lower as the paint dried (per the can’s instructions, you should only use this product when temps are between 50 and 90 degrees for three days in a row).
I got too close to the stove only once, and found that if I wiped it up quickly enough, a damp paper towel took care of it fairly well. I kept the windows open all night despite the dip in temperatures just so the fumes wouldn’t be hanging out in the house while I got ready for work the next day. This was taken at night just before I went to bed, so I’ll try later this week to give you a better “after” shot so you can see the color and finish a little better.
Despite my lovely accessories, I could still smell the fumes a little too much. Not exactly the wake up call I would prefer, know what I mean? Just for the fun of it, I’ll give you a Before & After split screen as well.
If you are doing this countertop technique on a kitchen countertop or bathroom countertop that is going to be getting a lot of use, I would highly recommend you using a more heavy duty sealant like a polyurethane or polycrylic, which would hold up to water much better.
Here’s our end result: And another shot: How are they holding up?
🙂 And what did the countertop do after it was painted? I had lots of ideas – I would clad it all in pallet wood, or 1 x 4s, or pleather with nailhead trim…..