First of all, welcome!! I am so excited to start this blog. I hope to be an inspiration and encouragement to all of my followers! (which at this point, would be
zero four!.) :) By the end of today, I told my husband I would like to have 150 followers. Kidding Kidding! Sort of.... I am a wee bit of an over achiever... Anyway, my hope for this blog is that I will be able to teach people that you can look great and have a beautiful home without breaking the bank!
Enter our countertop transformation! We painted them to look like granite, and were THRILLED with how they came out! They are extremely durable, and beautiful, sparkly, shiny, reflective, and the best part... cheap! Total cost $150.00! I got my original idea here.
Here below is the "before"
Let me make a disclaimer and say that I wasn't fully planning on starting a blog and mainly just took a few pictures of the process for our family and close friends to see. However, we just moved back to Idaho and will be doing this technique in our new house (yes we love it that much) and I promise to take better pictures this time! Let's get started with what we have....
First we painted our Cabinets. (more to come on that later) added hardware, and then primed the countertops with a gray primer. My hubby bought some MDF boards to use as the backsplash and we primed those at the same time.
This is the primer we used. The greatest primer in the world. That I use on everything. No sanding required. http://www.homedepot.com/buy/paint/primers/cover-stain/1-gallon-white-primer-sealer-98105.html
Here is where I don't have a lot of pictures to show the process. :( What you want to do after your primer dries is paint your base color coat. (Which in our case was black) After that we used two accent colors, (gold and silver) which we sponge painted on. When you first sponge the silver and the gold over it will look so metallicy. (like above) It is very important that you then sponge back over that with the black paint (base paint), until you get the desired look you want to achieve!
Now you want to go over the sponge look with more of your base color until the (sponging) is much more subdued. Until you get this look:
Once DRY (this might not make sense) but trust me, you can put your glitter on. We used a black glitter for texture and a little silver glitter for sparkle. I love sparkle. If you put glitter on when the paint is wet, some of the glitter will "stand up" and then rise to the surface of the clear coat you put on top. Sprinkle glitter (just a little) once the paint is dry. Then you are ready for THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP. Please cover your cabinets in newspaper before doing this!
This stuff will blow your mind. Knock your socks off. It is AMAZING. And the key/secret ingredient, and what sets this "system" apart from using one of the granite paint kits you can buy. I read a lot of reviews on those paint kits and a common theme was that through time peoples countertops would get soggy. Because of such a thin clear coat on top. Not this stuff. When it says it is equal to 50 coats of varnish it really is. It is self leveling and awesome. It will put a sheet of glass that is hard as a rock over the top of your countertops and make them as hard as granite! and as purdy. Follow the instructions on the box (or have your husband follow the instructions) It is imperative that you let the Envirotek cure for 72 hours. (That was the hardest part.) Then you are ready to enjoy your kitchen. Once cured it should look like this!
****UPDATE**** Please see the Q&A Post on this tutorial here: Painted Countertops Q&A It will help answer a lot of the questions you may have!
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