From time to time I find myself doing DIY projects to my condo. Half of the time, I get so excited with the project, by the time i’m halfway through I remember that I should have blogged about the process. Anyway, I’m so excited to share this project with everyone. This was a big one for me and the first time I’ve done something this permanent. I was inspired by Cassidy from Remodelaholic and after stalking and dissecting her tutorial down to every detail, I finally mustered up the courage to try it!
I painted my laminate kitchen counter tops in the past, but it didn’t seem to hold up in the long term, especially on days when there was heavy kitchen usage. If I forget to wipe water or any liquid off the counter, then the clear protective layer and paint would start to bubble. Also, I painted my countertops before updating the backsplash and I was already in too deep by the time I realized the colors were too busy and clashed. This is why I was determined to lighten the countertop and seal it with a waterproof glaze. At least to hold up for the next 3-5 years or whenever I’m ready to actually replace the countertop.
Here are all the supplies I used (almost everything is pictured)
• Paint in a variety of shades. I used a quart of the Rustoleum countertop coating in Linen and added a dark brown, matte grey and eggshell white craft paint after
• Sea sponge 2 (1 for the eggshell white paint, cut the second in half to use for the two highlight colors)
• Sand paper (or electric sander)
• Glitter (optional – I used a larger clear glitter and a very fine flake for variety)
• Drop Cloths
• Painters tape
• EnviroTex Lite (2 boxes)
• Blow torch (recommended)
• Two containers for mixing
• Clean paint stir stick
• Rags or Paper Towels
Here is a view of my kitchen prior to the countertop update
Once I had all my supplies, I began to prep my work space using drop cloths, old bedsheets, trash bags and painters tape. Then I used my electric hand sander to prep the surface, to get rid of any bumps and allow the primer to adhere to the painted surface well. I then used my vacuum cleaner hose to suction all the dust and particles.
I then began to paint the countertops with two coats of primer, allowing 1 hour of drying time between each coat. Once the primer was dry, I applied my Rustoleum countertop paint using my roller brush. Surprisingly, one coat was enough to cover my dark old paint job.
Once the paint dried, I took my brown craft paint and started to paint using my sponge, in up and down motions.
Here is a close up of how the brown sponge painting looks.
I made sure to space the brown paint randomly so it doesn’t look uniform and let it dry for about 30 minutes.
I then went in with a matte grey paint and repeated the same sponge painting method, letting it dry for 30 more minutes.
Next, I used another sponge using my original Linen color paint to go over the brown and grey paint, to add dimension to the countertop. I only left small hints of the brown and grey paint exposed. At this time I sprinkled my translucent glitter all over the countertop. Below is the close up.
I let all the layers of paint dry for 24 hours and then I added the envirotex lite, following the directions on the box. Once I was done pouring the two boxes ( four bottles) over the countertops, I used a blowtorch to pop the air bubbles by lightly moving the torch back and forth across the areas that had air bubbles forming. Below is a close up after adding the envirotex.
Below is the finished result! I am more than pleased and 4 months down the line its help up well. Of course I don’t put any hot pots or pans directly on the counter without using a trivet.
Overall, I’m happy with the results and 6 months down the line I have had no issues. What i do to ensure the longevity of my countertop is to always cut on a cutting board and use a trivet to put hot pot and pans if i don’t have room on my stove. Have you painted your countertops? How did it go?