March 26, 2012

kitchen countertop - a spray paint affair

Hello again!

Back in December I posted about the mini kitchen redo I did. If you missed the post, you can check it out here.

As a reminder, here is the before and after:

Quite the difference! Here is a closeup of the countertop before and after:

Doesn't that before and after just make you want to squeal?
Cause I know I did!

I was so happy with the way the finished project looked. Here is a super quick walkthrough of what I did. I forgot to take pictures of the whole process, so bear with me.

I decided to use Krylon's Make it Stone spray paint on the countertops. I went to my local Canadian Tire and bought 5 cans of the black granite. I belive they were about $7 a can. I also bought 2 cans of the Make it Stone sealer spray paint (check later in the post for more info about this).

First thing I did was put up newspaper over the cabinets to protect the new paint. As well as taping off the window, outlets and moving the appliances.

After I started to spray paint. I did many small coats in an overlapping fashion. I started in the back corner and worked my way across the kitchen. We decided to do the backsplash as well, instead of trying to take the plastic down.

After a few hours of many coats, I went back and did some blending. I used all seven cans and I think I acheived a fairly even coating.

The above picture still had another coat in its future, but you get the idea. After 24 hours of drying, I used the sealer on the counter.

The after:

Do you hear the harps and angels singing?

Now - The review

After about 2 months, the paint was almost completely gone from around the sink. The sealer that was recommended to use in unision with the Make it Stone paint did not work. Even with 4 coats of it.

Every time a little water got on the paint, it would come right off. So you could see the brown paint peeking through where the paint had wiped away. I wish I had taken a picture to show you guys.

Not impressed.

Two weeks ago the hubby and I bought 2 more cans of the Make it Stone spray paint and fixed all the bare spots on the counter.

We then invested in 2 boxes of the Rustoleum Stone Effects Step 3 counter top coating. This was not cheap at $50 per box. One box covered about 28 square feet, and we used both boxes and had just enough.

WOW! Does this stuff ever make the difference. It is a food-grade epoxy that it to be used specifically for countertops. I would completely recommend this route.

In the end, I believe the total cost was about $200. Way cheaper than a new countertop!

So, have you guys done any kitchen redo's?

***Update - Check here for a post about how these counters did over three years***

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  1. It looks great! Thanks for the sealer tip, we are going to do something similar. The black granite looks like concrete in the pics. Very cool!

  2. Hey there! Over from TDC - Spraypaint Party. I just did this same project with the beauti-Tone Refinishing Kit for $149 on sale. Lots of coats and elbow grease later and I am in love. I totally understand why you went with the epoxy. It makes a huge difference, doesn't it? Nice job. It looks fantastic. You're so smart, must be cause you're Canadian :)

  3. I'm really impressed, looks great! Visiting from the spray paint party!

  4. This looks amazing-following you from the spray paint party-stop on over for a visit!

  5. Love it! We're about to use Rustoleum on my sister's cabinets and countertops. Glad to hear you liked it!
    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered!

  6. Indeed, the countertop definitely made a big difference on the overall look of the kitchen. The dark stone color made the kitchen look elegant. But I’m sorry to hear about the former redo. But the good news is, you were able to patch the water stains on the countertop immediately. How is it now? Well, if the paint is still washed off every time there is water in the sink, I suggest that you get a more durable countertop. [Robbie Marinero]

    1. Hi Robbie,

      The counter top is doing great and holding up beautifully! Once we sealed it properly we have had no problems.

  7. These are lovely. did you sand the old counters at all?

    1. Yes, we did a light sanding on the countertop before spray painting it. However, the before countertop was painted be the previous owners with normal latex paint. Hope this helps!

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