New Year, New Countertops
When we first moved in our kitchen had the same oak colored cabinets and PINK countertops that it did when it was built in 1986. I immediately painted the cabinets I couldn’t stand the old oak color and 1/2 of them were falling apart. We decided to wait on the countertop because we were not sure which route to take; butcher block, cement, granite, etc. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money and since we have to live in the house while redoing them we didn’t want a huge project; like cement. Recently we decided to go with a quick easy fix just to finally get rid of the pink. I found Rust-oleum countertop coating and decided to give it a try. They have 16 colors you can choose from and we went with the light ash and got 2 cans. We figured if something went wrong we could just take them out like we plan to do at some point.
Before starting I read the direction on the can to be sure I had everything I would need. I say that recommended allowing it to dry for 3 days so we ended up doing our kitchen in 3 stages that way we could continue using part of the counter top while the other part dried. We started with our peninsula by prepped the area, it had spots where some of the laminate had chipped so I used wood filler and filled in the spots. I allowed it to dry overnight and then lightly sanded the entire surface with 220 grit sand paper so all the filled in spots where smooth and the sheen of the counters was gone. Then wiped down and clean the surface so there wasn’t any dust. I used blue painters tape around the edges where counter met the drywall. Application was easy enough I used a foam roller and foam paint brush and painted it on. Once the area was covered I let it dry. I ended up going for a walk with Mae because the smell was HORRIBLE way worse then I expected and not a place for a baby to be. When I got back it was a little better but it took till overnight for it not to be so bad. After the walk I was excited to see how they looked, and the gray color was perfect SO much better then the pink I was kinda crazy how much it made a difference. I was a little disappointed though there were little bumps all over the surface I was so confused what I had done wrong. I had follow the directions on the can exactly. I called customer service but they couldn’t tell me what i did wrong. The lady I spoke with was nice though and did say after it drys I could sand it and do another coat and that would get rid of the bumps. I figured if it still bothered me after it dried I would have to do that. Gabe and I were so careful not to put anything on the surface while it dried for the 3 day as the instructions said after the three day I put a bowl down right in the middle (dumb idea) when I picked it up I was so annoyed there was a ring!!! We ended up letting it dry for another 4 day and checked a corner with a heavy glass and it was dry finally!
That week I decided to do the next section. I was determined not to get those little bumps this time. I prepped the surface the same way I did the first time. However this time I decided to take out my drill mixer attachment to completely mix the paint (the first time I mixed it well bit with just a wooden dowel) it made all the difference. I found that the counter tops didn’t need as many layers as I did the first time and the paint went on much smoother and easier. I let it dry and no bumps the time!!!! We let the area dry for 7 days and then used the surface as was normally would. The next week we did the last section which was just a tiny area and it turned out great.
HOW IT HOLDS UP:
So its been a few months since we painted the counter tops and paint isn’t prefect I has chipped in a few spots. I have yet to redo my peninsula so I do still have those little bumps there and the ring. Also Gabe and I are good about always using a cutting board but we did have some friends and family over and someone cut on the counter top and it chipped in that area you can see a exactly where it happened. I have also found that the coating stains very easily I have found multiple spots that I have no idea where they can from. It’s held up pretty well overall I’m happy with the countertop coating it has transformed the overall look of our kitchen for very little money. Yes if you look closely you will see the flaws but if you are looking for a cheap quick fix its definitely worth it. And if you learn from my mistakes and are careful to take care of them they will last.
- Invest in an electric mixer attachment or take the can to your local hardware store and ask them to mix it for you
- Allow 7 day dry time
- The smell is terrible for the first 24 hrs (leave the house)
- Good ventilation (Paint them a time of year you can open all the windows)
- Mix the can very well before application
- Try to do as few coats as possible while still covering completely
- Have cutting boards handy never cut on the surface
- Be careful and watch out for staining (don’t let any bright liquids sit on counters)