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 that had the most impact.
Our faux granite counter tops makeover!
This was one of the first projects we completed upon renovating our kitchen (This was pre-blog.. so I apologize for the lack of photos!) and it has made such a huge difference in this space… people have even asked if we installed new counter tops!
The best part? It’s been over a year and they’ve been holding up beautifully!
Here’s what our kitchen looked like upon moving in:
and here’s what it looks like today!
Our countertops started off as a mixture of grey and pink faux granite. You can see it a bit in the ‘before’ photo – I promise you it was not cute… In fact, my mother 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 based, but feel free to try latex)
Paintbrush and a good quality roller.
Spray Granite or a textured spray paint of choice – We used Excel Speckle Stone Granite Spray Finish, this comes in many hues!
Polyurethane or another protective finish of your choice.
The first thing we did before we began our project was prepared our work surface by washing our counters with TSP to get them extremely clean and to remove any grease and dirt. When you do this be sure to avoid your sink and hardware as TSP is a strong chemical which can be abrasive to certain surfaces.
You should also at this point consider a back-up plan for any food preparation you may need to do within the timeframe of this project since your counter tops won’t be in a state to use for cooking.
Next we gave our countertops a very light sanding just to rough up the surfaces for the primer. This will allow for better adhesion for the primer to stick.
Next, using your primer you want to brush along the edges of your counter tops and use a roller for the rest. We chose oil based primer, but if you decide to use latex I would love to hear how it turns out for you! We completed two full coats with full time to dry in-between.
When the primer was completely dry, we started to spray with our textured spray paint. How many cans you need will depend on the amount of counter space you need to cover. 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. I highly recommend watching videos on proper spray painting technique or better yet, getting someone experienced to show you how. You want to shake your can in-between sprays and use a 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 between coats.
After two to three coats are applied that have dried completely, then you are ready to seal the countertops. We used three coats of oil based polyurethane (Again, if you decided to use another type of sealant 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 completely. If you wish to use a food-safe protectant feel free – we prepare our food on a large cutting board anyway. 🙂
When everything dried and cured completely, we carefully pulled off our painters tape and removed the newspaper. If you find some of the product is peeling off with the tape, you may want to use an exacto knife to get clean-lines. If your tape happened to get on your counters a bit during the project, you will want to do a few easy touch-ups. To do so, simply spray a small painting brush and just dab the area and seal it with protectant when dry.
Then that’s it, you are done! This project was SO easy and was a great alternative for us instead of buying new countertops. I think all in all this project cost us about $50!
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! 😉
I hope this project helped you out with your countertop makeover. If you try this, or a variation of it to suit your lifestyle, be sure to let me know how it turned out for you!
Have you checked out our full kitchen progress yet?
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