Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Counters+Paint=WIN!

I hope you guys are ready for some serious excitement becauseeee guess what?? The counters have gotten a face lift! Yes! Indeed! It was definitely a scary process and I almost didn't do it but I am sure glad I did! You can't have a cute updated kitchen with dusty rose counter tops. It's like going to a beach that only has rocks and no sand. Still pretty but not as good!

So if you are ready for some surprise hold your breath I have a bunch of pictures headed your way! 

First let me tell you what materials you will need for this journey:
  • Rust-oleum countertop paint. There is directions on the box for determining the amount that you will need. For my small galley kitchen I only need about half a can.
  • Foam rollers
  • Small paint brush that you are okay with throwing away.
  • Tape. 
  • Plastic drop cloths.
  • Sand paper.





The first thing you have to do is lightly sand the counter tops so that you get the shine off. My counters were about 30 years old so they didn't have much left but this is an important piece so that the paint will adhere better.





Here's a few of the final before shots of the pink counters.... they will not  be missed.


If you are putting tape anywhere do it VERY VERY meticulously because there's no going back. Take the time to do a good job. Around the sink and near appliances especially because once this stuff is on anything it's not coming off. At all.


The trick is to apply THIN coats at first and allow it to dry completely in between. We ended up doing 4 coats because I wanted a really dark finish.

Ready to take the plunge? (this is the most attractive picture of me ever! But I do love my painting pants.)


Yayyy!!! Look at the HUGE difference? Isn't it awesome? and totally dramatic! We painted a bit on the tiles that were on the back of the wall because I will be pulling those out anyways but bam! They are fantastic.

I will warn you though. This stuff stinks. Like a lot. A fan, a face mask, and some good ventilation are important, otherwise you end up with totally stoned cats.

Which is kinda funny.



Taking a step back.... beautiful! Looks completely different! And it was only $10.75! Bargain! *Usually the cost is $21.99 for a can but the lady at Lowe's mistinted ours slightly. The color is called "Acorn."


It's super shiney and sticky at first...


One thing I learned was to make sure to paint VERY evenly. Otherwise you kinda get slightly different textures, though after it sets I don't think it'll be too noticeable.


And another view... Now just envision some beautiful white tile backsplash and cute white picture frames for my DIY wall art...

Sighhhh soooo pretty!




The instructions say to allow the paint to set for 3 days. So that means no using for anything. I have to put obstacles in the way to keep the cats from jumping up there while I'm gone and I just have to wait 3 days before I can decorate again! So excited! For $10.75 my kitchen got more then a face lift!

I'm in love!

Linked to:Domestically Speaking House of Hepworths I Should Be Mopping Savvy Southern Style

8 comments:

  1. It looks so different! $10.75 well spent! You've made so much progress on the kitchen...it's amazing!

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  2. Looks so amazing Meaghan.
    Blessings.
    Audrey Z.

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  3. VERY cool. I used a similar Rustoleum product on our countertops. I just love all the possibilities out there. Thanks for posting. Would be delighted for you to link this up to Mop It Up Mondays (going on through Friday): http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-party-2.html
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  4. Wow! What a transformation. Thanks for sharing because I didn't know there was a laminate paint. I have an old 50's diner table in need of some tlc. Now I know what to get. Thanks. :)~ Jeanne

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  5. Awesome, and you can't beat the price. Great job. You are a much neater painter than I am and I will never be caught wearing my painting clothes..It's not a pretty sight!!! lol

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  6. Love it! You did a great job! I so wish I could do this at my house but we have Corian. Anyway, can you share this at my place? Would love to feature this in a future post!
    Thanks!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com
    http://chattychics.com/2012/02/07/need-inspiration-wild-wednesday-2/

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  7. As much as I love the color pink...I have to say I love the color change! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! New follower here too!!! :)

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

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  8. haha just kidding I was already following you! :) But following also on linky tools now!!

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