Do you have those countertops that just don’t match your kitchen at all and are an eye sore? Well, that was my kitchen before I decided to paint my own countertops. Yes, I said paint! Don’t worry, I know what you are thinking. That has to be toxic doesn’t it? Nope, it is not!
The average cost of granite countertops per square foot is about $70. I don’t know about you, but right now, but I don’t have the extra money to be spending on that. So, my solution is to take matters into my own hands, and do it myself. Lucky for you, I am going to show you step-by-step how to achieve your own granite countertops for only $50 (depending on the size of your kitchen).
- Acrylic Paint. Choose what colors you would want. I got some samples from Home Depot on what I would want them to look like. I got the paint colors from Michaels. Each bottle is about $1.29, unless you get a bigger bottle and that was $4.29. Tip: Wal-mart sells acrylic for 50 cents.
- Sea Sponges (Not pictured) I also got those from Michaels as well. They sell it in a bag of three for $4.99.
- Kilz Primer from Home Depot for about $10.00
- Minwax Polycrylic also from Home Depot for about $17.00. From what I researched the polycrylic is better than the polyurethane, and it won’t yellow over time, or so it says.
- A foam roller and paint tray set (not pictured). $5.00 from Home Depot. I used that to apply the primer.
So overall depending on the brand you buy of anything I did my countertops for about $40-$50. PERFECT!
If I can do it…Anyone can do it!!
Step One: Clean the countertops real good before applying the primer. I just used hot water, and a cloth. It says not to use any products before applying the primer. Then tape everything off. You can use painters tape, or masking tape. Which ever you prefer.
Step Two: Apply the primer. I applied two coats of the primer. Just to be on the safe side.
Step Three: Optional. You can apply a base coat color if you want to.
I applied a while base coat because I wanted some white to come through the rest of the colors. Now, looking back…I would have done a BLACK base coat. and you see why in the pictures. If I would have done a black base coat, and just done grey, brown, and some white it would have been a lot quicker. But once I did the black, grey, and brown, I had to go over it all again with the black to make it darker.
Step Four: Pick your main color you want to show and start with that one first. Cover about 40% with that color. Just get your sea sponge and dab, dab, dab,…very lightly. You will develop a rhythm the more you dab, dab, dab.
Step Five: Then do the rest of your colors the same way. If you don’t like it…then just paint over it, and start over.
Step Six: Once it is finished and dry…you can sand it if you want to get all the “paint bumps” out. I didn’t sand mine…it has some bumps in it..but you can’t really tell. Still looks beautiful.
Step Seven: Now it is time to apply the sealer. WARNING: It stinks!!! Open a window or something.
Apply one coat at a time. Once it is dry apply the next. Whatever type of sealer you get will depend on how long it takes to dry. Mine was dry in about 30-40 minutes, but I waited about 2 hours. I did 6 coats total on the counters. That was all the can let me do. I used all of it.
Step Eight: Now once you and done it is finally dry…I recommend getting a box knife to help you get the tape off, or you are going to tear some of the paint. Once the tape was off I did go around the stove, and sick with what little sealer I had left and applied it around the area.
Final advice for you is to give it 1-2 weeks to dry for best results. Just to be sure it stays pretty!
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