I did it! I painted my laminate countertops to resemble stone! And I love the results. Does it look like granite? Nah. Nothing looks like granite except granite. Does it look like brand new laminate that isn't as fugly as the 80s stuff I started with? Heck yeah!
Let's take a look at what I started with:
Basic white laminate with an oak trim edging. Fancy in 1982. Now? Not so much. You know we plan to gut and redo the kitchen in the next year so laying a new counter on top of old cabinets wasn't an option for me. But I couldn't live with the white any more. It wasn't really how they looked because, hey, I'm living with those heinous cabinets. But it was so hard to keep clean. Every little thing stained it and I was tired of always have dingy counters.
Jim took the girls to visit his dad for the day and I had the whole place to myself to get to it! I will post a whole tutorial with pictures soon.
I love my new counters! I don't love it with the backsplash but again, this should all be temporary. I hope, anyway. The backsplash is a stick on vinyl tile that was super easy and quick to put up. You can read more about it here.
My favorite part is the veining. That, in my opinion, makes it look more like stone. It was a cinch to do with a skinny artist's paint brush!
They aren't as shiny as I hoped but I may go over them with a poured epoxy. We'll see. And I still have the other side of the kitchen to do so maybe I'll recoat them all at that time.
I will keep trying to get some good pics. I'm never ever happy with my kitchen pictures. No matter what setting I use they always look dark or washed out. Never the right color. So frustrating!
And now for a walk down memory lane...
Kitchen from the day we closed.
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