Sunday, September 29, 2013

How To Paint Your Countertops

A few weeks ago I showed you my newly painted countertops. It was an affordable and budget friendly alternative to new counters and we are so happy with the results. I have gotten so much great email from you all about the process and so I'm sharing how I painted my countertops to resemble faux stone or laminate! 

By the way, you can see my self-adhesive tile back splash HERE!





Step 1: Prep
Of course you know this is so important so don't skip it!  I first washed my counters, let them dry, and taped off any areas I didn't want painted.  I then applied a liquid sandpaper product that de-glazes. When that was dry I applied a coat of an all purpose primer (mine was latex) using a foam roller.





The Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer is amazing. It adheres so well and creates a nice smooth surface for the paint. Love this stuff.


Step 2: Apply paint
 If you look online you'll see everyone has their own method to do this. This is mine but it isn't the only way. It depends on the look you want.  I used 6-7 colors of acrylic craft paint.  

  • Apple Barrel Antique White
  • Craft Smart Bisque
  • Craft Smart Vanilla
  • Americana Pebble
  • Folk Art Burnt Umber
  • Folk Art Metallic Champagne (I did not use this one until the next day...read on)
  • Martha Stewart Metallic Pewter (sparingly)
 The application materials I used was a variety of natural sponges, slim artist brushes, crumpled paper towels.

I used a laminate sample to help me with color and texture


I used the largest sponge to apply the color in the order I had practiced, starting with the Antique White and layering each color on after that. I worked in 2 ft sections. I wanted to apply the next color before the one before had fully dried because I wanted it to look more natural. If you like a more speckled look then wait for each layer to dry before adding the next.










I just kept playing with it. I went back over areas to lighten or darken. I did that A LOT. 





I created veining my loading the artist brush with one of the lighter colors and rolling it as I dragged it across the surface. I did this everywhere including the back splash and sides. I immediately blotted the vein with a sponge or paper towel so it was a little less defined and more natural.


Look, I'll be honest. I went over and over and over the counter with the different colors. I am a nut job and need perfection. In hindsight I probably didn't need to do it quite that much.

Step 3: Dry and Seal
I let it dry overnight. The next morning I applied a sponged layer all over the counter top with the Metallic Champagne paint. It is very sheer and just adds hints of sparkle and depth. That is my absolute favorite part and it pulled the whole thing together!

When dry, I wiped the counters to remove any little random bits of dry paint or dust. I then applied 5 coats of polyurethane. I started with the polycrylic but I didn't like how it was going on so I switched to a semi-gloss all purpose poly I had.  Remember to apply water based poly over water based paint and oil based poly over oil based paint.




I really wanted to use a bartop epoxy that you pour on but frankly, I used what I had and since I'm hoping these counters won't be around in a year I figured it would be fine. But for a really durable, shiny look spring for the epoxy.

I would like to do 5 more coats of poly but for now it is holding up well!  I use my counters like any other, wipe them down, etc. I don't put hot things on them but I wouldn't do that with any laminate.  

I darkened this so you can see the details. It isn't this dark in person.




If you have any questions or if something isn't clear please let me know. I'll be happy to help over email! Juniper20@gmail.com

Jenny's Tips For Successfully Painting Your Counters
Practice, practice, practice on poster board. I tried 4 different color combos before I settled on this particular one.

Vary your application mediums. I varied from large to small, sponges to brushes to crumpled paper towels. I felt this made it look natural and less painted.

Before you take off the tape, slice it with an Exacto knife or box cutter. The tape can definitely take up your hard work.

Caulk around the sink and backsplash to make clean edges and hide any imperfections that may have been created by taking off the tape.

Go over areas again and again until you achieve the look you want. 
Ask for opinions. My neighbor came over 2-3 times to give me her opinion. After a while it all started blending to me and I couldn't be objective.
 
I will 100% honest. As I was doing it I thought "Oh no, what have I done. It looks like sponge painting from 1991."  But trust yourself. Keep sponging. Keep blotting. Keep adding colors. Keep blending. Keep adding veining. Blend some more. Go to bed. Wake up and survey the counters. Heck, you can even give it a quick sand and reprime if you absolutely hate it. You won't. Just keep doing it until you are happy.


I had a party here twice and both times everyone stood at my counters saying, "No way. I don't believe it. Paint?" Those were the ultimate compliments! You can do this too!

Thanks for reading! And thank you for all your comments and emails. I appreciate the time you take to read and write!


Cheers!
Jenny
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48 comments:

  1. This looks wonderful! It takes nerve to start a project like this...GOOD JOB!

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  2. This is being added to my list of things I hope to do but highly doubt it will every happen.... Right now my counter tops are 1. little limited and 2. are a weird blue grey... But I love this! Maybe I will get the guts to try this :) In the mean time I would love it if you could link it to my weekly party!
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    1. I have the blue gray speckled countertops!

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  3. WOW! This looks so great. I can't believe it's painted! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-31.html

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  4. Wow! Those counters look amazing! Can you spray the counter with cleaning products now that they are sealed? x

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  5. I have a question but I feel like I'm asking Matisse a paint by number question. I bought a place w original 30 year old laminate countertops. Thinking that I was going to replace them, I took no care...cut directly on them and more. They are amazing; nothing hurts them and I've come to like their off white color which goes so well in tone w original wooden cabinets. They only thing that bothers me is the seam all along the edges, at the right angle with the right angle 1" edging strip. What can I do? If they were black, I'd be tempted to just use a black sharpy. All suggestions welcome.

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  6. I did the same to mine with the Giani Paint treatment and it doesn't last. Going to try Rust-Oleum countertop transformation next to see if it lasts longer.

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    1. PLEASE LET ME KNOW, I AM REALLY WANTING TO PAINT MY OLD 23 YEAR OLD COUNTERS...MY E-MAIL:cuddleyvt57@yahoo.com

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    2. I also use Giani and it doesn't last. I am wondering if the polyacrylic lasts?

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    3. I did Giani in August 2012. They still look terrific! You do have to be somewhat careful...don't set anything hot on them, don't cut on them (you aren't supposed to do that on forimca either). You have to clean them with soap...not cleanser and especially not bleach or alcohol. I'm careful not to even spill wine or vanilla on mine, but when it happens I wash it off immediately. I've had only two issues... 1) I once had a trivet get water underneath and didn't notice for a day. The paint "bubbled" but we blotted gently, left it to air dry, and you can't even see where it happened. 2) the area that gets the most use now it wearing off at the sharp edge from our fat bellies rubbing on the counter. But it still looks tons better than our 40 year old laminate did and at a fraction of the price.

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    4. We used Giani at my son's house also. Almost 2 years later not one problem.

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  7. I have seen where someone used the thick countertop epoxy for a very glossy look. It look horrible where it ran down the edges in thick globs. They may have liked that look, but I didn't like the thick globs.

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  8. LOVE...I am SO doing this. You do things like I do. What you have on hand, and just work wih it. I did an entire bedroom this way, and people (myself included) were blown away, It looked like expensive wallpaper, and it was a gloss pain one shade lighter than the eggshell paint. Love your idea! Thanks, my counter tops are sad sad sad looking.

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  9. I am surprised to hear the Giani didn't last. I was almost going to order it! I don't know that any of these methods are permanent though. I feel like this is something to get me through until we replace them during a remodel next year. The white laminate I had was so hard to keep clean and so far this has been great!

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  10. I think the veining made all the difference! I'm going to try this method - hopefully I will have success.

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  11. I'm so impressed by this. You did a fantastic job! What I like best is the veining; it really does look quite natural. Way to go!

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  12. I think you did an amazing job on your worktops, they look fabulous.x

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  14. This is gorgeous ! Now I just need to convince the hubby. But I am wondering how much paint you used? Surely not just the 5 bottles shown? Also, it would have to last longer than a year for us, so if I added several (5-10) coats of poly. would that make it more durable?

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  15. Very realistic. Which brand of Poly did you use?

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  16. You did a fantastic job of replicating granite!

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  17. Wow, that is as close to real marble as I have seen done in this manner. Good job!

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  18. Just curious if these are still holding up well?

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  19. What a great job! Doing new projects can be so much fun--but putting on that first daub of paint... well that takes lots of courage because you are so committed at that point! Nice job.. you have inspired lots of us to forge ahead!!

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  20. My bathrooms are the 70's style and I hate my sinks, but can't afford to replace them. Could this method work on sinks and counter (all one piece) or do you know of anything I could use to update them,for very little money ???? nanabrenda50@gmail.com

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  21. My bathrooms are the 70's style and I hate my sinks, but can't afford to replace them. Could this method work on sinks and counter (all one piece) or do you know of anything I could use to update them,for very little money ???? nanabrenda50@gmail.com

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  22. curious could this also be done on bathroom counters and sinks (all one unit) ? or do you know a way to update them, ? they are from the 70's and I hate them and I have very little income to have them replaced, other then hand and face washing as well as the teeth, they aren't used for anything elsa.

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  23. I've been doing this for years!!! I did my countertops about 20 years ago, and there still doin pretty good!!!!! I love to paint like that!!!!!! I have done kitchen tables and coffee tables it's just fun to do!!!!

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  24. I have old sheet formica countertops and backsplashes. I don't know if sanding these would roughen them enough for the paint to stick. :-(

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  25. I painted laminate counters in just an all black color a few years ago, but I think I may want to update to this look now. I like how it came out. Any suggestions for a black countertop color for the veining color/lines? Other commenters, feel free to offer your color choices as well. Thanks!

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  26. You did a wonderful job. I am really impressed! I should do mine. Thanks for the lesson and the confidence.

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  27. You did a remarkable job. I am very impressed. Thanks for the confidence, I might do mine now.

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  28. I painted mine a few years ago. I applied just like you did, but I bought the paint in the little trial sizes. It still looks really good except right next to my sink on the left side, where water has been. I need to redo that area, but mostly has done great.

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  29. This is on my next to do list for my wife..thanks

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  30. I have continued to see many posts about painting countertops. I am so sick of my 70's beige laminate countertops. My starting date is this weekend. Beautiful job,and thank you so much for being so clear on what you had done, and not done.

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  31. LOve this idea!! One day when I get the nerve to do this, I will give it a go.. Thanks for all of your information on doing this project!
    Julie

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  32. How do you do the veining?? Didn't quite understand that part. My countertops are white and stained. I want to sell the house so this would be a nice way to improve for less cost.

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    1. I took the brush and rolled it as I drew the line across. It made the line become random and less straight. In other words, I twirled the handle in my hand as I brushed the paint across. Does that make sense?

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  33. Would this work on textured countertops?

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  34. That looks awesome!

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  35. I did this type of thing to my counter top and love it! I did the primer, then used black paint as my final coat, but used a crumpled up plastic bag and blotted on the fresh black paint to give it a marbled look. I have to be careful with not setting hot things on there, and also with not letting water sit on there for an extended period of time. When it stays wet too long, it has always dried back to it's original beautiful appearance though!

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    1. Oh I would love to see a picture! I was thinking of going black at some point.

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  37. I love the counters, I have boring kitchen counters and wonder if this would hold up. It sounds like it only took you one day is that right?

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