Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Upgrading Counter Top

I recently have begun renovating a very old home.  I noticed that the counter tops appear to be something out of the early 80's.  I began investigating what kind of products were available on the market and came across a product made by Rust-O-Leum.  It is a very strong epoxy paint that works very well over top of laminated counter tops.These pictures illustrate the Before!
And the After effect!

16 comments:

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

What a change, so it is now all one color? What is this Rustoleum epoxy of which you speak, is it specifically for countertops? Cost? Is a clear sealer required? How about a close up of the edges especially. Does it come in colors? How does it stand up to wear? Counter top redos are always hot in blog world, the ladies will want lots of info. Thanks for the post!

Jason said...

Yes it is all one color. I have plans for this kitchen down the road, so we went with a neutral color. Epoxy paint is notorious for how hard and sustainable the product is. There was no sealer required and it does come in many colors. The paint was not cheap, but can honestly say after five months of use the counter tops look as good today as they do in the photos. However the fumes from using epoxy paint are nothing to play with, make sure you have proper ventilation.

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

great job! sounds like a lot of work. thanks for sharing the tips.
gail

Diane said...

OMGosh, that is a wonderful transformation. I'm still not understanding how this works. I will have to go to Lowe's and see if they have that and can explain how to use it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

What a great change. I am sure your readers would love to know exactly how you did it. So many people can benefit from this. Good job.

Shannon @ Quarry Orchard said...

I bought some of this a few months ago... I'm still a bit nervous to take the plunge though :) I'm glad to hear that yours is holding up well still!! Maybe I'll get the courage this fall :)

Crazy Cat said...

great job, i used melamine paint on my counter, its held alright, but epoxy would be better. awesome transformation

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

WHOA!!!!! that blue counter-top was.... special. :) you VASTLY improved it and i am impressed! seriously, wow.

Ginger said...

Very nice...looks like stainless steel in the pic! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Green Willow Pond said...

Boy that sounds like the easiest countertop solution I've seen. My counters are the ugliest counters in the USA. When I get to the kitchen reno, I'll blog about them. I'm going to look for this paint. Is this a spray or brush-on product?

p.s. I just became a new follower :)

Jason said...

It is a brush on product but you could also spray it if you had the proper equipment. Good luck on the counters.

Anonymous said...

Looks great! I have also done countertops by sanding a bit (they were laminate), then priming with Kilz. Then I used the textured spray paint from Rustoleum, and sealed with several coats of poly. You will need to sand lightly in between coats of poly. I did 3 coats and it is still holding up 6 yrs later.

Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about replacing my countertops in the house I just bought. The old owner was rough on them. They cut directly on the counter and there is a knick in the laminate also. I am just wondering did your old countertops have these problems? Wasn't sure if this paint would fill in the knicks and cuts? Yours looks awesome and I am thinking to go this route if it would work for me. Thanks!

Finished Walls said...

I am not sure that the product is going to produce the results with damaged counter tops. One solution would be to use some kind of epoxy product and fix the ugly and bad marks on the counter top and then sand lightly before applying the finished product. I hope this information helps. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I wonder if using bondo in the nicks and cracks would work?

Anonymous said...

Bondo is an automotive product.

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