I’ll let Bonnie take it from here –
“The green is, of course, the before. It was so dark in my kitchen – I called it my cave. In addition to looking gorgeous when it was done, it brightened up the room more than I ever expected.
“One thing I will say – to get this look was quite labor intensive but ridiculously worth the time invested. My husband & I did it over Labor Day weekend last year so on Friday night we took everything off of the counters and cleaned them as per the instructions. Then we sanded them lightly & cleaned them again to clear off the sanding dust. Then, Saturday we taped them off & applied the primer. We had to let that dry for a few hours, then my husband started on the painting. It’s 3 colors – dark, then lighter, then white and only one person does that so you maintain your pattern. My poor perfectionist husband, I thought he was going to fall over a few times because this is where it gets super-intense. You sponge each color on in a consistent way so your counters look like they were cut from one piece of granite. There is some drying time between each coat so we did primer & first coat on Saturday, I think and then colors 2 & 3 on Sunday leaving the clear sealant for Monday. Then I believe it’s 48 hours until you can put anything on the counter (letting it cure & dry) but then? Treat it like any other laminate. We do protect it – trivets for hot stuff, you don’t leave wet stuff sitting on the counter. The instructions sound intimidating but once you live with it for a while you get comfortable.
“It’s been just over a year and there are only two small spots that have worn through to the old counter (very, very small – no one even knows they’re there & we only do because it’s our counter) and then two big spots – that worn spot I told you about and then behind the sink where someone accidentally spilled some soap & didn’t wipe it up. It ate through everything pretty fast (not sure if that speaks to the soap or the paint…I’m hoping the paint). We were just talking about those spots last weekend & decided to order another kit for touch-ups & we’re hoping we can eek another 5 years at least out of the counter with that method. The kits were $83 (after shipping & tax) I believe so… $166 for “new” counters made me ridiculously happy. I love the counters & unless we tell people they’re painted, they honestly think we have beautiful granite counter tops.”
Thanks so much, Bonnie, for sharing your story with us. You can read more about her painted kitchen countertops on her blog.
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