When it comes to kitchen countertops, are you a laminate girl in a world of granite? Well, join the rest of us who, at one point or another, have had to choose between having the hottest new kitchen on HGTV or living in the real world where the baby needs new shoes and the mortgage needs to be paid.
I came up with a manageable solution a few years ago when we wanted to update our kitchen counter, but were short on cash with a new baby in the house and really didn’t want to rip out the counter and sink. far. I figured if we were eventually going to change the countertop anyway, I had nothing to lose if my experiment did NOT work…but to my delight it worked wonderfully and so well that I ended up not changing the countertop but changing the color a few years later when I changed the color of my kitchen again when I got ready to sell the house.
I started with the old Formica countertop, you know, the white one with gold threads that you sat on and ate countless fudgesicles as a kid. I bought enough textured spray paint to cover the surface I needed to cover; this is called fleckstone, granite and other names like that and is also approved for exterior use. I then bought the cheapest spray paint I could find in a matching color (I paid $1 per can). After cleaning and drying the countertop, I applied the cheap spray paint as a primer. It would probably be a good idea to sand lightly first. I didn’t, but I probably should have. You can decide whether to skip this step or not. Also, be sure to cover your cabinets, floors, sinks, and appliances with plastic to protect them from overspray. Make sure the room is well ventilated and turn off all pilot lights and open flames and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on paint.
After the primer coat dried, I applied the textured paint. Be sure to shake well and shake often while applying. You can’t mess this up. If you miss a point, go back over it! You can give it an additional coat or coats as needed.
Once the textured paint has dried well, finish with 2-3 coats of clear spray polyurethane. This will protect the surface from normal wear and tear and water. Polyurethane will take a little longer to dry between coats than paint. You still have to be a bit more careful scraping things along the surface than you do with laminate or granite countertops, but I’ve had pretty good luck with countertops overall. And you can always touch them up easily!
I first used a gray and black speck with white cabinets with red doors on a black and white checkered tile floor for a 50’s style eat-in kitchen. Then I repainted the counters a sand color, painted the cabinets off-white and repainted the floors with a rich walnut laminate. Impressive results both times.
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