Let’s face it, laminate isn’t the highest quality countertop material, and when it starts to show signs of wear, it can really make your kitchen look worn out. However, if new countertops aren’t in your budget right now, show your current countertops some love of painting to extend their life by a few years. There are several kits on the market, including stone or granite imitation kits, or you can just use acrylic interior paint in your chosen color. Two keys to professional and lasting results are thorough preparation and proper sealing. This is your counterattack plan!
Whether you’re remodeling bathroom cabinets or kitchen cabinets, start by getting the space right. Protect all cabinets and floors with rags or plastic sheeting wrapped in masking tape. Then open all windows and turn on fans to ensure good ventilation. Some of these materials are very smelly!
Thoroughly wipe the surface to be painted with a degreasing cleaner, removing all dirt and grease. Let dry.
Wear protective gear (goggles, gloves, and a dust mask or respirator) and lightly sand the entire surface with 150 grit sandpaper to help the paint adhere better. Use a slightly damp cloth to thoroughly wipe dust and debris from the counter. Let dry.
Apply a thin, even coat of primer with a paint roller, following the manufacturer’s directions. Allow enough time to dry before applying a second coat. Let dry.
Now erase the paint. If you are using a paint set that looks like stone or granite, follow the paint mixing instructions and allow enough time to dry between coats. If you are using only acrylic paint, apply the first coat, let dry, and then apply the second coat.
Resin countertops will provide long lasting results. Mix and mix the product according to the manufacturer’s directions. Carefully pour the resin onto the painted surface and spread it evenly with a new foam roller. Watch for drips around the edges and wipe up any drips immediately with a damp cloth. Also pay attention to any air bubbles that may appear while flattening the resin: aim a blowtorch at the air bubbles, point it a few inches to the side and squeeze them out as soon as they appear. If you don’t have a flashlight, try popping bubbles with a straw. Allow the resin to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
To maintain your “new” countertops, instead of using abrasive cleaners and scouring pads, wipe them down daily with a cloth or soft sponge and mild dishwashing detergent. Once a week (or at least once a month) wipe it down with a little mineral oil and a soft, clean cloth. Your surfaces will look great for years to come – you can be sure!
Post time: Apr-22-2023