Replacing countertops can be very costly, but there is a new way to update your kitchen now that is gaining popularity. For those on a strict budget, but yearning to do some remodeling, this may be the answer.
If you have laminate or Formica countertops, there is a plethora of information and do-it-yourself guides to help you through the process. Research is mandatory. While this project can be simple to complete and the desired results can be relatively easy to achieve, without the proper preparation it could end in disaster, with paint peeling off the countertops within weeks. To avoid this, the first step would be to sand the countertop lightly with 150 grit sandpaper, wipe the dust off with a damp cloth, and then apply a coat of primer. The primer should be 100 percent acrylic. Two coats of primer are needed, but make sure the first is fully dry before applying the second coat.
What type of finish are you looking for? There are many choices according to what type of look you want. One of the most popular choices on the internet is a granite look.
I have read a review of a user that chose Rust-oleum paint and was disappointed. It was an inexpensive and quick fix, but within four years, she upgraded to butcher block countertops because she was not thrilled with the appearance.
However, granite paints are available for $75 per 35 square feet. It is approximately twice the cost as that spent on the previous project. I have not read reviews on this, but it looks amazing in before and after photos. Certain websites offer all of the materials that you would need for $75, including primer and rollers; everything you would need for the project is included in the kit.
To get this high-end granite look, you will need to allow the primer to dry for at least eight hours. Mineral color should then be applied with a sponge in a dabbing manner. Four hours is needed to allow this layer to dry completely. A top coat, which should be a clear, shiny varnish, then needs to be applied, which also takes four hours to dry. However, this countertop needs to be treated gently for up to three weeks to fully cure. Putting heavy kitchen appliances on top of the counter should be avoided until then. Also, after the project is finished, hot dishes should never be put directly on the surface.
When you decide to take this step to update the look of your kitchen, doing research is imperative. Make sure that you are prepared with the right tools and information. Take measurements of your project area and purchase enough primer, paint and finish to complete the task. Once you are fully prepared, and complete your project, you will have the pleasure and satisfaction of knowing that you beautified your home yourself without spending thousands of dollars. It may even motivate you to start working on the rest of your house.