How I Painted My Kitchen Counter tops – Andie Mitchell

It has been one yr since I painted my kitchen counter tops with a DIY countertop paint equipment and so they nonetheless look nice. Right here’s how I did it together with one of the best suggestions I’d give anybody seeking to do the identical.

Ever since we moved into our home, I had plans to spruce up the kitchen. The ground was a deep pink tile, the Formica counters have been pink, and the cabinetry, which was well-made and comparatively new, was a light-weight oak.

kitchen before photo
The unique kitchen after we moved in

First, we changed the entire flooring in the whole home with new hardwood. Second, I employed somebody to color the cupboards a contemporary, crisp white. Third, I rolled up my sleeves and painted the counter tops.

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The kitchen after putting in hardwood flooring and portray the cupboards white
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The kitchen with painted counter tops

Why did I paint my kitchen counter tops?

For one, value. We had already spent a TON of cash on flooring, furnishings, and the home itself. However another excuse is that, whereas I do like our kitchen as is, I’m not totally positive that sometime we gained’t redo it (knock down the wall between the kitchen and eating room to make one bigger kitchen), which might imply altering the location of the counters utterly.

I had heard of individuals portray their counters with good outcomes, so I researched it—principally by studying the Giani Granite web site and watching YouTube movies of parents making use of it. It appeared like one thing I may do.

What did I exploit to color my counters?

Giani White Diamond Countertop Paint Kit Swatch
Giani White Diamond Countertop Paint Equipment

I used the Giani White Diamond Countertop Paint Kit. The kits are available a number of colours and types however this Whtie Diamond shade that I selected is shiny, mild, and cool-toned with flecks of silvery white and grey. You should buy it instantly on the Giani web site or here on Amazon for a slightly cheaper price (Amazon affiliate hyperlink). The equipment contains virtually every part it is advisable to paint your counters and really detailed directions on do it (read the instructions here too). I’d extremely suggest it.

Right here’s what it appears to be like like in your countertop:

Giani White Diamond Countertop Paint Kit Swatch
Giani White Diamond Countertop Paint swatch

Listed here are the contents of the equipment:

what comes in the Giani White Diamond Countertop Paint Kit
Contents of the Giani Countertop Paint Equipment

How lengthy does it take to color your kitchen counter tops?

With prep, priming, sponging every mineral, making use of epoxy, and drying occasions, the entire venture in all probability took three days, with 4-6 of these being energetic utility (this quantity of “energetic” time will range from individual to individual).

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How are your painted counter tops holding up?

Very effectively. The ultimate step of portray counters is making use of a skinny, protecting layer of shiny epoxy. It successfully seals the paint and makes the counters extra sturdy (much less liable to chipping). Up to now yr, I’ve put these counters to the take a look at—prepping and cooking a whole lot of meals, entertaining family and friends, putting every kind of home equipment on them, spilling 1000’s of issues on them, and I’ve cleaned them 1,000,000 occasions with every kind of merchandise (most of which Giani wouldn’t suggest). Via all of that, they nonetheless look nice. There are only some minor knicks and dings and so they’re from occasions once I’ve dropped one thing comparatively heavy and sharp and the paint very barely chipped (and once I say “chip” I imply there’s a mark the scale of the tip of a ball level pen. I haven’t had any precise lifting of paint). And even in these cases, because the look of the counter is a fake granite (which means it’s dimensional and contains a number of shades of shade), all of it blends proper in.

Earlier than portray the counters

Prepping the counters

Take away Caulking
I used a field cutter to take away the caulking round my sink after which cleaned any sticky residue with rubbing alcohol. This step allowed me to color as carefully to the sink as doable (round and underneath any lips or seams). Be aware: You’ll be able to re-caulk the realm as soon as the counter tops are painted and dried.

Clear the Counters
I scrubbed the counters with an SOS pad to take away any and all grease and dirt. As soon as the realm was utterly scoured, I used a moist washcloth (simply water on it!) to wipe down the counter tops and take away any lasting residue. I wrung out the washcloth, re-wet it, and wiped each floor twice.

Patch Any Cracks
My formica had mild cracks in two locations so I used wooden filler to patch them and fill within the space. Because the cracks I stuffed have been pretty superficial I didn’t must sand the patched space afterward, however you could wish to use a fine-grit sandpaper in case your seams aren’t clean. (When you use sandpaper, you should definitely wipe away any superb mud with a moist washcloth).

Take away Change Plates and Apply Painter’s Tape
I eliminated any change plates and utilized painter’s tape alongside the perimeters and sides of the counter tops the place they intersect with cupboards and above the backsplash. Be aware: Use two rows of tape (one on prime of one other) to create an additional huge tape border in your backsplash.

Apply painter’s tape across the counters

Apply the Primer

One vital tip for portray counter tops is to color in 2-foot huge sections at a time, which felt a bit counterintuitive to me at first. I figured I’d paint across the border of the counter tops (alongside the backsplash and the entrance ledges) after which fill within the facilities of the counters with paint. However I’ve discovered that doing this could have meant the paint dried erratically, one thing you don’t need if you’re going for a clean, skilled end. This will probably be particularly vital when it comes time to sponge on the mineral paint).

After making use of primer to the counters

So, to start engaged on ONE 2-foot part at a time, use the froth brush to color a skinny line of primer alongside the highest and backside of your backsplash, then roll a skinny layer of primer onto the backsplash, then roll onto the counters. Transfer onto the subsequent 2-foot part instantly earlier than the paint utterly dries on the earlier part.

As soon as the entire countertop is primed, let it dry for eight hours.

Recommendations on Making use of the Mineral Paint

  • The very best tip I can give you with regards to utilizing the sponge to use mineral paint is to make use of a light-weight contact. When you press the sponge too firmly on the counter, you’ll find yourself with an enormous blob of paint. You’ll get the grasp of it if you apply your approach on the black cardstock they supply within the equipment.
  • Keep in mind to work on one 2-foot part of counter at a time. DO NOT sponge the entire countertop with one shade and permit it to dry earlier than including the subsequent shade. You need every layer of sponged mineral paint to be moist whereas making use of the subsequent shade in order that they mix effectively.
  • Permit a few of the primer to peek by (to offer depth of shade), however you need every sponge print to softly overlap the opposite to create a layered, softly blended, kind of blurred look.
  • For robust to achieve areas, creases, and the backsplash, you’ll want two instruments: a small, superb tipped paint brush and a small piece of sponge hooked up to the tip of a pencil (minimize a tiny piece of sponge off of the big piece and tape it or glue it to a pencil or any lengthy instrument). The creases are difficult. Take your time and bear in mind it’s simpler to use greater than it’s take shade away.

Useful Movies

Video of general application of Giani kits with helpful tips

Video of the application process of the White Diamond Kit

kitchen before and after