If you’re a Pinterest-holic (like myself) you’ve probably come across a new up and coming diy project: spray painting counter tops to look like granite. And if you’re a Pinterest fail type of gal (like myself) you should probably stay away from this particular project.
So my husband and I moved into our very first home a few months ago and we were so excited. It was a fixer-upper and we were excited to make it sparkle and shine. We had never done any DIY stuff before but I was convinced right when we signed those home papers that we would all of a sudden become handy-men. That’s how it works right?
The first project I wanted to do was the kitchen! Everything needed to be redone.
As much as I loved the oak wood, red and brown paint, stained dated linoleum and mismatching appliances 🙂
The first thing I wanted to replace/fix was the counter tops. They weren’t horrible, but they looked old and used. They are the original tops and the house was built in the mid-60’s.
You can see the brown/black streaks all over it. I couldn’t get that to wash off. So it was settled I was going to do something. I started researching and I found a really cool and easy way to paint the tops of counters, so that it can look like granite, but not even close to the price! I was sold! I could do anything right?! Everything that I read said that it was going to be very messy so I had to make sure to do this first AND cover things that I didn’t want to get sprayed.
Okay…first step was to sand the counters. Now, as a home improving virgin I had no idea why you sand! So I sanded the surface really quickly and began. This was my first mistake. The reason for sanding (as I later figured out) is to sand off the existing top coating of your counter tops. There is a protective coating on counters that makes it so things aren’t supposed to stick. If you have any chance of this working you must sand sand and then SAND SAND again! You need to have a rough surface. I have no idea how long this will take, but I would assume a few hours.
I used three different materials. I used a regular water based primer, stone spray paint and a polycrilic water based finisher (just click the pictures of the products on the bottom of the page for more information).
When I saw all of the tutorials everybody used a darker base coat. I thought it looked too dark and plastic looking. I had this “bright” (notice the sarcastic quotations) idea to use a white base coat. First of all the white made the counters look better, but it wouldn’t cover everything. Stains that would not come off the counter (like bright pink stains) could still be seen. I thought maybe the stone spray paint would cover it so I kept going strong (yeah…I was an idiot).
So then the paint dried. I then opened up the spray paint can and shook it. I sprayed my first spray and it sprayed out like regular paint! Not like stone at all!! I quickly tried to wipe it up and made it completely streaky. I thought “hey that kind of looks cool” and I began to make it streaky on purpose. I, for some reason, thought it might look like marble. No. No. No. I let it dry and painted over it with the primer.
Take two. I then push my finger down on the nozzle ever so slightly and the paint sputters out. It went onto the counter with an awesome stone effect. Then…the paint stopped coming out. The paint jammed and I couldn’t for the life of me get it unjammed. There I go….I have to pack up the two babies and head back to the store.
Take three: I spray the rest of the counter top. At random moments the paint would come out in a big blob so you’ll notice random paint splatters on my counter. But for my first project it looked great. Kind of looks like a dalmatian but at least it’s better. I started sanding but it would take off my paint so I decided not to. I let it dry and put half of the can of polycrilic coating over it. Awesome! I’m done!
The spray paint got everything painted on (as expected) so I knew had to renovate the entire kitchen. Throughout the process I had to touch up parts of my counters from random things that kept happening. I had to put so much stuff on the counters because I was trying to accomplish a lot of things and I needed the counter space. There was a protective sheet over the counter for the most part, but it still had problems.
Finally my kitchen was complete! I put the rest of the finish on and let it dry for a day.
I made my first meal and did my first set of dishes. I came back the next day and realized a piece of food I left. I sprayed scrubbing bubbles and wiped away with a towel and a chunk of my counter came off too! What the heck! I accepted the reality that I would yet again have to touch up another spot. I grabbed the can of spray paint and it was clogged (this was my second can). I had to go and buy yet another can of spray paint!
I go to the sink and realize I had left some water on the counter. I wiped it away and off comes the counter.
I also realized behind the sink was peeling and there wasn’t even water on it. I peeled away the mess. (The brown is our new sink. This is all of the paint that got peeled off).
The main part of the counters are still holding strong which is nice. I really do like the look of them, but it was just such a headache and is peeling off.
I’m so disappointed! Needless to say that we are going to be saving up for professionally installed counters.
So… if you’re still stubborn and want to try this anyways. Here is how I think it may…maybe…might work
- Cover everything that you don’t want to get painted. Back splashes, cupboards, appliances, floors ect.
- Take out the sink! I am being serious on this one! Take out the sink! You will thank me later. It was horrible trying to make it work around the sink and I wish I would have taken it out to begin with. Uninstall Kitchen Sink
- SAND SAND SAND SAND SAND!!! Oh and did I mention SAND! You’ll have to take off the entire top coat of the old counters so that you have the ability to have the paint stick.
- Pick a different primer for your counter tops. I chose white and it was a night mare!
- When you spray your stone spray paint you will want to practice first and spray on a piece of cardboard. Make sure that what you are spraying is what you want, because if you mess up you will have to start ALL over!
- Sand! My counters are kind of bumpy now, because I didn’t sand the paint as I should have!
- COAT COAT COAT COAT! I ended up only putting one can of coating on. I think you will need quite a bit more. Oh and COAT! 🙂
- Don’t put anything on the counter for a week or so. You will want to make sure that everything is dry and soaks in.
Good Luck! And if you were successful please give me some pointers! 🙂
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