Monday, June 17, 2013

Painting the Countertops

With a title like that it is hard to tell what this post could possibly be about huh?  What can I say, I like to keep you guessing!  Our kitchen has pink countertops.  I have mentioned it a time or two, but until recently I didn't bother doing anything about it.  Here is a true before picture. 
Pink counters, pink blinds, old carpet...it was pretty stellar.  Needless to say, the carpet was the first thing to go.  We ripped that out as soon as we could, and continued the laminate flooring from the living room into the kitchen as well.  Aside from that, we weren't ready for a full kitchen reno, which is what this will need, so we just left it at that. 

UNTIL...I just couldn't take it anymore.  Haha, I am home with the boys all day - and eventually the pink started to give me an eye twitch.  AND THEN! I happened upon a clearance cache of Rustoleum Countertop Transformations paint.  The color is Cobblestone, which I might not have picked if there were more options, but for $5?  I'm good with Cobblestone!

The paint needs a few days to cure, so I did this on Thursday night before we left for a short camping trip - that way no one was tempted to rush it and start using the counters before the paint had cured.  I gave the counters a good scrubbing, then a light sanding with fine paper.  After that, and two coats of paint (which is SUPER fumey by the way...so watch that if you don't have good ventilation)...we were left with this...
Yes, the backsplash is still pink, one step at a time people!! Overall I am really happy with the result, especially for a $5 can of paint.  This is obviously not a permanent solution to the kitchen, at some day in the distant future we want to completely replace almost everything...but still! It is a step in the right direction!The color turned out to be a little more grey than the can implied, but I actually prefer it to the picture on the can.  Go figure.
The finish of the paint dried very smooth and glossy - it is a think paint, so it sort of smoothed itself as it dried.  You can see in the above picture, however, that if your counter top has a flaw (in this case the seam is warped in the corner) it will definitely still show. 

So far, it is great.  Easy to wipe down, and much easier on the eyes!
Posting a before/progress picture like that always cracks me up.  I think of before and afters as these amazing transformations, but in reality it's just one little step at a time around here! I figure it will be fun for me to look back on these when it is all said and done. 

14 comments:

  1. We have pink counters in our apartment kitchen, and I'm sooo happy to be leaving them behind. Your progress picture is awesome though! Soooo much better than that god awful pink and for $5!?

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    1. Ah man...the pink trend hit you too? Its so awful. I just...I dont get it.

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  2. I think it's a huge difference - it's so much lighter and brighter in there already!

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  3. That's awesome! Just opening up that window and painting the countertops made a world of difference! Can't beat a $5 change! :D

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    1. Thanks! I busted down those window shelves as soon as I could! I like open shelving as much as the next girl - but NOT like that!

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  4. So much better and what an awesome deal to score that for $5.

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    1. Thanks Krystal! Your kitchen came out beautifully by the way! All the hard work you guys put into in totally paid off!

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  5. What a difference! And a great deal! It looks so much better already!

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  6. They look really good! And I love your cabinets by the way!!! Someone very dear to me had cabinets like those!! Hard to imagine those counter-tops turning out so well. I would never have thought to do that!!

    Instead of calling you little miss susie homemaker...I'm gonna call you Little miss Bekah home-DIYer!!!!! You GO!!

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  7. it really does make a bigger difference than you would think! little by little :)

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  8. Wow that was a huge improvement for such a small price tag! Definitely a step in the right direction! :)

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  9. Before and afters like that are what make blogging real. We get to see the step by step process that you have to live with for a while until you get to your end goal. TV shows (while I love them) leave you at the end of the hour or half hour with a finished room. Then you (the royal you I am really talking about myself) are left with the half-finished space wondering why it isn’t done yet.

    How is the paint holding up? I bought a can of it (in that same color) almost 3 years ago to tackle my blue counter tops and never got around to it because I was afraid it would chip off.

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