Tuesday

Continuing Saga of the Kitchen

This Kitchen reno of mine seems to go on-and-on!
Once again I'm back at it.  
My New Years Resolution will be "To finish the Kitchen"


Before I go any further I have to tell all of you "Counter Tops"
are so expensive and it's just not in the budget right now. 
After speaking to the Home Depot Guy about "What can I do
to update the old yellow laminate counter top, he told me of
a counter paint.  


Being the skeptic that I am, it was a worry to me  to paint the countertop.
But the HD Guy said "He knew many people who used this paint
and they were pleased with the results"!  What the heck!  What do
I have to loose but $14.99 for the can?  I could always get a new counter top later, if it turned out horrible... So, I gave it a try.


Following the directions to the "T".. I first scrubbed the counter,
dried well and went to it with a foam roller brush... it went on very
smooth and did not bubble or streak.  Was like painting a wall.



I chose a "Light Grey" color.. thinking it would blend in with my blue
and white theme....
Look how it turned out.....



I then bought some PVC wall molding,  to fill in the gaps between the
counter and the wall... I cut the lengths to fit and "low and behold"
I mitered the corner perfectly!





Using an adheasive, clear caulk I glued it on, using a few little 
nails to hold it in place.


I took a step back and said to myself  "Did I do this"?
With my "New Sink and Faucet", it looks wonderful! 






It has been a week now, I gave it the recommended time to 'cure'
(three days).   I am using the counter top now, very carefully and
I'm happy to say the depo guy was right, it is smooth, tough and
really feels good.  I am going to not cut on it and will be really
careful with it until I'm sure of it's toughness....
For now,, "I'm completely happy with the results".


For all of you with ugly laminate countertops... 
don't be afraid, go ahead and "Paint it"
  (did I tell you it was only $14.99) 

Now to make my way upstairs to do the bathroom counter top. That is
for another day (when the kitchen is finished)


(Did I show you the before?)


48 comments:

Granny said...

Your kitchen countertop looks wonderful and the info is so timely. We are getting ready to paint our kitchen and can't afford to replace our tourquoise countertops.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Sandy-
That looks really pretty, clean and crisp!
You'll have to let us know how you like it.
I don't know if I can come off the $14.99...so I'll just be watching your counter tops for a bit, ok?

Pat
corninmycoffee-pot.blogspot.com

Janice said...

I have so many redo's that are unfinished and this post has motivated me. Light switch covers and little odds and ends that need to be finished up are on my list of "to dos".
The countertop paint is interesting. Any suggestions on sprucing up an ugly 1970's fireplace??

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I have 1983 countertops, they are an ugly yellow, I'd love to try this! Yours look so good and really smooth looking too!

Pondside said...

Well done! I've never heard of countertop paint. You're a good advertisement for it. Your kitchen looks great!

Darla said...

I have been wondering how this paint actually turns out. I know they have the paint to make it look like marble too. Job well done here!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Way to go, girl! You are doing a fantastic job. Linda

Shelia said...

Wow! Your countertops look awesome!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow! You did that by yourself. I am very impressed. The counters look fabulous and the kitchen makeover looks great! Thanks for joining the party!

Karen said...

Sandy, I am so impressed by this post, as I am with all of your projects! I so wish you lived nearby and could give me tips and insight into remodeling here. We kinda sorta blew the remodeling budget with my health misadventures, so we'll have to wait awhile, but the paint sounds like something I could afford. I love the way it turned out!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Boy that looks good Sandy! Everything is coming together nicely. Happy New Year to you.

Dolly Khodair said...

Hey Sis, you've done a really fabalous job in the kitchen, can't wait to see it now! LOVE you

the cape on the corner said...

you are seriously kicking a$$ with this makeover! go you!

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

Wow, great makeover! I never knew that paint existed. Thanks for linking up!

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

It turned out great. Wow. I did not know they had such a paint. Big difference. I will be working on my kitchen this upcoming week. Wish me luck!

val said...

Sandy! WOW! I saw this stuff the last time I was in home depot and wondered if it really worked because you see I updated my kitchen, but didn't update the countertops for the exact same reason...$$$. I've got to many other projects to do first! I just might have to try this and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing. I'll send you some notes later on how we got started on those built-ins!

Emily and Jaime at Everyday Art said...

Wow, wow WOW! I love your new kitchen and what a great tip about the countertop paint. I've logged that tip away for permanent keeping. :) Thanks for sharing at Tatertots.
-Jaime

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ Your counter tops look incredible! I think the paint was a great fix and you did a wonderful job on them! Wow! I didn't know you could paint laminate! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Splendiferous Girls said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog so I could hop on over to yours. I might have to give my counter tops that paint job..we are heading to HD today to get some molding, I will have to see what colors they have...it's funny because we have the same stove ;-)..Your kitchen looks great you should be so proud of yourself way to go..

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a fantastic makeover. You are a mitre-ing queen!! I'm impressed!

I'd never have thought of painting a worktop. What a fantastic idea for a whole new look!

Oh, and I'm a-following you too!

Sarahx

Kim @ Touch of Nostalgia said...

Your kitchen turned out beautiful! I love how well the countertops turned out. I'll keep an eye out on your space to see how well they hold up. I'd love to redo mine. :)

Sunny Day said...

How does the paint react to heat? I don't set really hot stuff on my counter tops, but sometimes I do set medium hot things on them.

dollygk said...

You have done such a wonderful job on the kitchen, can't wait to see it dear.

Becca said...

Wow! I am really impressed with how your counters turned out! They look wonderful!

Cindy said...

I am going to do this! I have laminate. I want granite but no $$ for it. I have nothing to lose by trying this for now. Thanks for the info!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a great idea...and what a difference! It looks GREAT! ♥

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Great job! Who knew you could paint counter tops? This blog world is amazing, thanks for sharing a great technique. Enjoy your 'new' kitchen!

Miss Char said...

I saw this product that the Country Living Fair in Ohio this summer. You did a great job!

Tina said...

I hopped over to your blog from Savvy Southern Style and I'm sooo glad I did! I have been to Home Depot several times in the past few months looking at new counter tops and working with the SAME guy each time. He NEVER told me about counter top paint! Well, guess what my new project for this weekend will be??
Thank you for sharing!!!

Semalee said...

Wow! I've never heard of this paint! You've really got my thinking cap on now! Thank you SO much!

Semalee @ NailingJello to a Tree

Pamela said...

Looks great!

Sherry from Alabama said...

Wow! Your countertops look great! I'm going to check this paint out for my bathroom vanity. Thanks for the heads-up!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Wowsers! I think its amazing, it looks great. You are pretty fearless!

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Hi! I found you via Tatertots and Jello. We are starting a redo on our kitchen in the very near future and have absolutely no budget! This countertop paint sounds like an answer to a prayer! Thank you for sharing. I'm def gonna look into trying this product! I love how your kitchen turned out ~ it looks fantastic!
Hugs,
Donna

sarah jerger: paper + stitch said...

Paint?! Oh my goodness! That is the most brilliant thing ever. Like so many others, I desperately need to update/refresh my kitchen but it's SO expensive. This sounds like just the solution! (Found you via Tatertots & Jello). I'll be following you!

CAS said...

Amazing, I never knew you could paint a laminate counter top. You did a great job!
CAS

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

It looks great! I just did mine and posted the tutorial as well! I wanted a granite look so I did some sponge painting. I am like you, if it didn't turn out or last long, it is still better than what I had before!! Great job!

Gypsy Brocante said...

Just simply amazing!
xo
Jill

Robyn's Nest said...

Your kitchen is lovely. Great DIY job!

Barbara in TN said...

WOW! Saw the countertop paint at Lowes, but was wary of it, not knowing how it would turn out. Yours is just fabulous and will try this for sure on my '70's YELLOW countertop for sure! Love your blog and read all the way back to the beginning. Great kitchen & bath jobs! You are an inspiration!
BArbara in TN

Holly said...

WOW! I really would not have believed it would be so fabulous if I wouldn't have seen it. Great redo!

Kayleigh said...

I found this AWESOME project through Tatertots & Jello...

I went to my Home Depot to check out the countertop paint this weekend, but it was $20!! Sad day :(

I only have a small counter space to do, so I might end up not doing this. But before I saw the price of the paint at my local HD I was totally in!!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Looks great - you did a fantastic job with your counters!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

It looks wonderful! You are so brave and it really paid off!

A Cottage Muse said...

Wow...what a huge difference!
Thanks for the tip on the countertop paint...I so need this!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Hi Sandy, That paint worked great! I have another blogger friend who just did the same thing. I might give this a try in one of our bathrooms. Every countertop in all the baths and the kitchen was done in the same pattern~which is just bizarre to me!! Thanks for the comment about the 180fx formica in my kitchen.

Kitchen Benchtops said...

That looks fantastic. I attempt to paint my kitchen counters but I'm afraid they won't hold up to the wear and tear I put into the kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I totally thought the same think when the HD guy told me about the paint, so I walked off. I have teh 1970's Yellow as well. I am going to convince my husband to try it. Thanks.