Note: The Countertop Transformation Kit used for this makeover was provided by Rust-Oleum but all opinions are my own.
Our countertops were ugly.
And, to make it worse, they were made from the same Laminate that was in my parents house when I was growing up (so I know how old they were!) and apparently from more than one dye lot because there were sections that didn’t match- and it was obvious.
As we began to research what we wanted to use to replace the countertops we ran into a lot of roadblocks.
I initially wanted to replace the cabinets along with the countertops but after seeing my little kiddos run into them (with toys) I figured that should probably wait.
Then my dad made a comment about how high end countertops with old cabinets may not be a good idea. I agreed.
I wasn’t about to pay 30-60 bucks a square foot for something I may want to replace in a few years; so I started looking for a good solution that should last at least a few years.
The pre-made counters at the hardware stores had that funny backsplash built on it (and I didn’t want that). Even IKEA’s butcher block would have had to have been custom- making it not as inexpensive as I’d hoped.
So the decision was: a [longer-term] temporary fix to the countertop we currently had.
PROGRESS: To date; we’ve painted walls (a light greige), installed a new window (thanks to the backyard makeover), and framed in the window
The Onyx has a granite-like look but isn’t too speckled.
We followed the directions per the Countertop Transformation Kit. Above, is a picture of all the color chips spread on the counter.
Ahh, don’t the counters look fresh and clean!?
Changing the counters from light to dark was a big change (I was a bit nervous) but I really liked how it broke up all the white that was in the kitchen.
Here’s a close up of what it looks like. Pretty huh!?
For our kitchen, we just needed 1 kit (up 50 sq ft kit).
We followed the tutorial that was provided, it was pretty easy and strait forward.
There were definitely parts of this process where 2 people are better than 1; but for the sanding it was just 1 person working (since we only had one tool).
Picture above provided by Rustoleum.com. You may have noticed this box in your local hardware store too.
A few tips:
- It will get dusty and color chips will go everywhere. You have been warned.
- Tape off EVERYTHING! All doorways, hallways, the floor, outlets, the sink drain (any place the color chips could get on or into).
- It’s kinda smelly and dirty (wear a good mask, directions will also tell you to get mask, eye protection, and gloves).
- You can’t touch the counter for 48 hours and can’t fully use for a week. So prepare yourself and family for this. We finished just before Christmas and then left town.
- I’d estimate it took 12 man hours to complete the labor; so prepare for at least that.
Rust-Oleum provided the Countertop Transformation Kit (valued at approx $250), and we spent approx $60 on supplies (plastic sheeting, gloves, paint rollers, paint brushes, paint trays, etc).
Overall, I’m very happy with the way the countertops have turned out and how they look. They are so so so much better than what they were!
The Countertop Transformation Kit is a great idea for an inexpensive fix!
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