Here in Canada we recently celebrated Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend my family dinner due to distance, so instead we decided to host “Friendsgiving”! We invited all of our friends in the village over for turkey dinner! Everyone contributed with food, cooking, and wine. It was a wonderful time and we think it may turn into an annual event! The evening ended perfectly with a campfire in the back yard.
Now that all that delicious food is gone, today I want to share with you a simple project we completed on our kitchen.
Covering our ugly faux granite countertops!
This was one of the first things we did in our kitchen (This was pre-blog.. so I apologize for the lack of photos!) and has made such a huge difference.
People have often asked if we installed new countertops! And the best part? They hold up! It’s been over a year now and we haven’t had any issues with our counters!
Our countertops started off as a mixture of grey and pink faux granite. You can see it a bit in this photo – I promise you it was not cute… In fact, my mom was having a good chuckle at the fact they were the same as her old countertops she had in her kitchen many years ago!
For this project you will need:
Primer (I used oil)
Paintbrush and a good quality roller.
Spray Granite – We used Excel Speckle Stone Granite Spray Finish, this comes in many hues!
Polyurethane (I used oil)
1. The first thing we did before we began our project was wash our counters with TSP to get them extremely clean and remove any grease. When you do this be sure to avoid your sink and hardware as I’ve heard this can affect the finish on your appliances!
2. After that I gave the countertops a very light sanding just to “rough them up” for the primer. Be sure to clean this up afterward as well!
3. Tape, tape, tape… You want to use your newspaper and painters tape to cover your cabinets, walls, backsplash – anywhere spray paint could adhere to! This includes your appliances. I should also note you may want to have some back up workspaces for food preparation during this process! We used our dining table with a cutting board.
4. Using your primer you want to brush along your edges and use your roller for the rest. We chose oil based as it seemed to be the best choice for our existing countertops. If you decide to use latex I would love to hear how it turns out for you! We completed two full coats.
5. When the primer was completely dry, we started with our spray paint. How many cans you need will depend on the amount of counter space you have. We used three… but this may have been due to my inexperience with the first can – my fiancé was quick to show me proper spray painting technique. You want to shake your can in-between sprays and use smooth stroking motion of your arm to be sure you get a complete, even coat. Don’t focus too much on one area to avoid a blotchy finish. Let dry completely.
6. After two to three coats that are completely dry, you are ready for your protectant. We used three coats of oil based polyurethane (Again, if you decided to use latex please let me know how it holds up for you!) while letting dry in-between. We were careful to not place any items on our countertops for about a week afterward to let everything cure.
After we were finished with the poly we pulled off our tape. If your tape got onto your countertop from your sink, you may need to do touch ups. What we did for this was sprayed a small painters brush and lightly dabbed around out sink, and then of course with the poly!
This project was SO easy and was a great alternative for us instead of buying new countertops. I think in all this project was about $50!
Here’s a quick snap of our corner cabinet (Which was moved to the other side of the room) Excuse the lack of decor and missing knobs – just wanted to show the other surfaces we completed!
I also want to note that we don’t leave messes or set hot plates or pans on our counters, but that’s a given anyway with faux granite!
If you try this out for yourself, let me know!
Have you checked out our full kitchen progress yet?
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Linking up at these parties this week!
Imparting Grace & The Girl Creative & Lambert’s Lately & 52 Mantels & The Shabby Creek Cottage & From My Front Porch To Yours & Reasons To Skip The Housework & Funky Junk Interiors & DIY Show Off