Do you dream of sparkling new countertops but know that with your tight budget will just not allow for such a kitchen transformation? Granite and other high-end options are lovely, there is no doubt, but if you have a lot of counter space the cost can really add up.
If you're simply looking for a facelift in your kitchen and not wanting to spend a lot of time or money for a new and fresh look, consider painting your counters. When done right, a painted countertop may be all that is needed for you to have a newfound appreciation for your kitchen. This low budget project that will free up money for other household improvements.
Just like anything else, there is a right way to paint countertops and a wrong way to paint countertops. If you opt for the wrong way, you will be very disappointed in the end. This, I know from experience. I took a shortcut and had to completely redo my counters, which cost more money and time. I don't want anyone to make this same mistake. Sure, the counters may look great for a short period of time, but it just won’t last. It is always best to do your research before beginning a project of this type so that you don’t find yourself having to re-paint your counters every few weeks.
Step 1 - Prepare the Surface
Before anything, it is paramount to get your countertops clean. Remove all the grease and grime. If there are places where your countertop is damaged, fill them with wood filler and sand using 600-grit sandpaper.
If your counters are laminate or wood, it is important to sand the entire surface well before beginning the project. After sanding, wipe away dust with a clean cloth and allow the countertop to dry before painting.
Step 2 - Prime
You will want to cover the countertop with a primer using a paint roller. Apply at least two coats of primer and allow it to dry completely.
Step 3 - Choose the Right Paint
You can use flat latex paint or even stone-textured paint--there are a number of color options available. You can also choose to purchase a kit such as Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations or Giani granite countertop paint.
Step 4 - Paint and Finish
Apply two coats of paint for best results and allow the surface to dry completely between coats--overnight is recommended. You can speed up the process by turning on your ceiling fan and keeping the room well-ventilated. Once the paint is dry, apply two coats of polyurethane (or in the case of the kits it is usually called topcoat). After the topcoat has dried, sand gently with a moist sanding sponge until smooth. Allow the countertop to dry, and reapply the polyurethane and sand two more times. This step is very important to the longevity of the finish.
- Be sure that your counter is clean before beginning
- Don’t get impatient -- preparation is most important
- Rollers work better than brushes for a smooth finish -- brushes tend to leave streak marks and brush debris
- Tape all areas that will not be painted, such as around your kitchen sink. If it is not a difficult chore, remove the sink for ease of application
- Cover the backsplash, cabinets and floor before you begin
- Take your time picking colors for your countertop project -- you can bring home samples to see what will look best
- After the process is complete, use a trivet when setting hot items on your countertop
- Do not allow water to pool on your countertop
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