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« on: April 20, 2009 10:04:48 AM »

Ok, so my boyfriend and I bought a house several months ago that needed a makeover in several rooms. One major one being the kitchen!! Pink laminate countertops 15-20 year old faucet that was grrooOOoooss, and their nasty stiff dirty curtains the previous home owner left behind. We are young so we don't have the money for a major overhaul so I put my craftiness to the test. I changed all the hardware on the cabinets, painted the counter tops to look like red granite they have in Brasil (my boyfriend is Brasilian and I wanted to bring back crap tons of granite when returning home after Christmas, but obviously not an option). We installed a new over-the-range microwave in place of the hood, and installed a garbage disposal (all of which was on sale thanks to Thanksgiving!!! Then I bought some puck lights on ebay to spice up the under-cabinet appeal, replaced that gunky faucet and made some roman shades to replace those crunchy curtains. Finally finishing it off with little things and some bar stools I found at a local second hand furniture store for $10 a piece! While new cabinets will have to wait til there's more money in the budget at least now I feel clean in there.
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009 10:53:20 AM »

Incredible change, and a lot of work.

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009 10:56:16 AM »

WOW! What kind of paint and sealer did you use for the countertops? They look fabulous!
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2009 11:06:22 AM »

Wow, it looks ten million times better! I've never heard of painting counter tops before but it obviously works well.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2009 11:23:42 AM »

First you lightly sand the counter tops, then I used regular wall paint as a base coat. Then I did sponge painting with acrylic paints til I got the effect I liked. Then seal it with envirotex lite. All less than $50 for paint and supplies.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2009 11:31:30 AM »

Wow that looks amazing!!! A little paint can go a long way!! I would love a close up shot of the counters Wink
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2009 11:52:55 AM »

Wow. That's incredible.  It looks like you spent a lot of money, but no, you were just crafty and resourceful!  The countertops are great! Even changing the hardware on the cupboards made a huge difference!  You're awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2009 12:32:33 PM »

Here's a pic of the counters in the three stages. First layer of sponging, sponging before sealing, and lastly sealed.
The other pic is a close up and the the third is the pic of the inspiration granite I found on google.

     
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2009 01:54:51 PM »

Wow! You did an amazing job on those counter tops!! My boyfriend and I are approaching the same situation. I'll have to show him this so we can spice up the dull kitchen! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2009 02:11:18 PM »

Wow! Great job. The counters look amazing!!
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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2009 03:47:44 PM »

Looks great! I especially like the shades.  Were they hard to make?
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« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2009 04:07:54 PM »

Wow!!  I'm super inspired.  I too am curious about the Roman shades, were they difficult?  Did you have a pattern/instructions?

Anyone know if I could paint my tile countertop?  I know it'll still look like tile, but the color and condition of it currently is quite yicky.
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« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2009 04:35:23 PM »

The shades were my first attempt ever at a roman shade. I saw some shades I liked at Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com/products/p7394/index.cfm?pkey=ccotton-linen-drapes-shades but was NOT going to spend that much on them. So I went to Joann's and found fabric in the 50% red tag for $2/yd and the red was a some leftover I had lying around that I folded and sewed into a band....and wah-lah. They were quite easy once I found this video too http://www.terrelldesigns.com/howto-videoprof.html 
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2009 07:36:44 PM »

oh my goodness, you are GENIUS! you took a dingy kitchen and made it beautiful! Great job!
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2009 07:46:22 PM »

HOLY WOW! You did a fantastic friggin job!
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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2009 08:10:42 PM »

oh my goodness, you are GENIUS! you took a dingy kitchen and made it beautiful! Great job!

Thanks so much. I'm still not done. I am currently buying tile to do the backsplash (all the grey area will be tiled).
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« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2009 08:52:23 PM »

absolutely amazing job on the counters...thanks for sharing how you did it!  I'm definitely going to try my hand at sponging some countertops in our new place  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2009 09:03:04 PM »

I HAD to comment again after you posted the other photos, WOW I am in complete AWE, they look FANTASTIC!!!!! THIS ROCKS!
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« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2009 09:37:42 PM »

I saw on HGTV that they painted countertops black... nobody in my family believed you could paint countertops!! These look AMAZING!!
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« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2009 07:56:53 AM »

I just can't get over your countertops! They look so real, and SO shiny! I know i would have left brushstrokes or something. Almost looks like a resin coating. VERY nice.
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« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2009 08:17:59 AM »

Wow. You never would have thought that you had done was painted the countertops. They look awesome.
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« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2009 10:45:48 AM »

I just can't get over your countertops! They look so real, and SO shiny! I know i would have left brushstrokes or something. Almost looks like a resin coating. VERY nice.

Envirotex lite is a resin Wink

Those counters look amazing!  I wish I had seen this when I lived in my old house.  Wonderful job and congrats on being so crafty!
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« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2009 10:59:44 AM »

Ya know, I would love to have a tutorial of how this counter was done... My sister in law's (deadbeat.jerkface.l oser) ex-husband left her and the kids with this horrid white GLITTER counter, this would be the perfect summer project! I guess I am wondering how many colors you sponged on and in what order! Your kitchen looks sooo amazing, great job!!
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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2009 12:10:36 PM »

Wow!
You got one dreamy kitchen there, OP!
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« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2009 02:24:12 PM »

I just can't get over your countertops! They look so real, and SO shiny! I know i would have left brushstrokes or something. Almost looks like a resin coating. VERY nice.

Envirotex lite is a resin Wink

Those counters look amazing!  I wish I had seen this when I lived in my old house.  Wonderful job and congrats on being so crafty!

*blush* I knew that, of course. hehe.
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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2009 06:32:40 PM »

Okay - so I know you've already gotten a zillion comments on the countertop - but - THAT IS ONE AMAZING COUNTER TOP!!!  I am completely and utterly impressed.  By the way - what were they thinking when they installed pink counters? Shocked
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« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2009 07:00:33 PM »

Okay - so I know you've already gotten a zillion comments on the countertop - but - THAT IS ONE AMAZING COUNTER TOP!!!  I am completely and utterly impressed.  By the way - what were they thinking when they installed pink counters? Shocked

Haha, I don't know. The pink counters made me very sad face though, and I honestly didn't even want to be in there (that and a faucet that you know is gross and doesn't work properly anyway....oh and crusty drapes don't help make you want to cook) or be around for that matter. Now I cook everyday. And the best part is NO ONE has ever not thought they were granite. And when I tell them I painted it they totally freak and do a double take with like their eye ball wide open and ON the counter. LOL

Thanks everyone for your comments. Very much a happy face now  Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2009 08:23:29 PM »

Awesome renovation!  Just wondering how those gorgeous countertops are going to wear.  Do you have to be extra careful not to scratch it?  Or set anything hot on it?
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« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2009 08:57:08 PM »

First you lightly sand the counter tops, then I used regular wall paint as a base coat. Then I did sponge painting with acrylic paints til I got the effect I liked. Then seal it with envirotex lite. All less than $50 for paint and supplies.

Thank you SO MUCH for the tip about Envirotex -it really finishes everything off nicely! And your faux painting technique is amazing!!
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« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2009 10:02:48 PM »

Awesome renovation!  Just wondering how those gorgeous countertops are going to wear.  Do you have to be extra careful not to scratch it?  Or set anything hot on it?

I actually did the counters back in September and they are holding up really great. (The first pic I posted was taken just a couple of weeks ago.) I never set anything hot on any of my counters even if they were granite...(I was just raised not to do that  Undecided)  and I'm not extremely careful not to scratch them or anything and they still look amazing. I set my toaster and blender and stuff on them and I don't see any noticeable scratches. I obviously don't cut directly on them but again raised not to do that ("That's what a cutting board is for" as my mom would say). I'm sure over time they will collect minute surface scratches (just as my laminate ones had apparently over the past 15 years.) Even if they became scratched I would just do a light coat of more envirotex. Hope this helps.
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« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2009 07:08:58 PM »

Ya know, I would love to have a tutorial of how this counter was done... My sister in law's (deadbeat.jerkface.l oser) ex-husband left her and the kids with this horrid white GLITTER counter, this would be the perfect summer project! I guess I am wondering how many colors you sponged on and in what order! Your kitchen looks sooo amazing, great job!!

Hi, I used light to medium grit sandpaper to lightly sand the countertops to begin with. Wipe down the counters so that they are dust free. I then painted them a base coat of grey valspar paint from Lowe's. Let that dry then sponge on your first layer of paint. I used regular (recently Van Gogh) acrylic paints. For the granite I wanted I used black, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw umber, silver, and white. The silver should be used sparingly in a few places not like the other paints which are used all over. It just helps to add a realness look, like the crystal looking pieces in granite. I also did just a few extra wipes of the white for that streaked look because granite isn't perfect that's why it's beautiful. So anyway, I sponged on the colors above in that order then went back over it with the black and burnt sienna just to get the look I wanted. You can do any colors you want just find a granite piece or pic that you like and mimic it. I let each layer of sponging dry before doing the next BUT I did the last black and burnt sienna layer kinda together. I just looked more natural. And in places where it just didn't look right I did a lil more of the other colors again but always finished with the black and burnt sienna. Once all the paint is dry buy Envirotex Lite ( I got mine at Michael's with a 50% off coupon that I printed on-line.) I believe I got the half gallon or gallon size. I did 3 layers of envirotex you have to let it set according to the instructions between each layer which took quite a while. I applied mine with foam brushes and then used a straw to blow out the little bubbles (this is important to do - if you don't remove the bubbles they will remain in the resin and look like crap) you can also use a torch but I don't have one so I used a straw. I got very light headed and I had to get my boyfriend to help me on the last two layers of blowing lol, but it was all worth it. The whole process took about 4-5 days because you have to let the envirotex cure for days before you set anything on it. My major advice is to watch it as it dries for the first like 5 hours because you are going to see dripping on the edges so just use the sponge brush to even it back out. If you don't catch the dripping it dries as streaks and looks bad.
 
So supply list:
sand paper
base coat paint (I used wall paint)
acrylic paints of your choice
craft sponges
foam brushes (the 4 inch ones are best)
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straw or torch (you can try a hair dryer I found it didn't work that well for me)
painters tape (to protect wall behind backslash)

Hope this helps! Happy new counters. I love mine and you'll love yours too (especially after all the work that goes into them lol)

ANOTHER THING***** Do all your counters at once or it is a lot harder to match them all. Because you get a rhythm going and it makes it easier to keep up with what you are doing and what layer you are on. Also when sponging you want to use different sponges and turn the sponge so you get a different pattern for the different colors cuz you don't want it to look all the same or it looks fake.
GOOD LUCK!!!  Wink
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« Reply #31 on: April 23, 2009 02:38:46 PM »

Thank you for the tips joinha. I'd love to do this but I think I'm going to have to endure our green laminate for awhile, we have a lot of pet hair floating around and I can see it all getting stuck on the counters.

When I showed my Hubby the photo of your counters his response was "holy s**t!" so I guess that means he's impressed too.
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« Reply #32 on: April 23, 2009 10:45:18 PM »

wow those countertops are so amazing and creative!
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« Reply #33 on: April 24, 2009 06:56:49 AM »

WOw it doesnt even look like the same kitchen!!!
i might post up my kitchen and ask for ideas now!!!
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« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2009 01:24:36 PM »

this is ridiculously beautiful!

My family had water damage in our kitchen from a tropical storm back in September and we have been rebuilding the kitchen on our own ever since. We really wanted to upgrade to granite, but the money just isn't there. I am going to TOTALLY use this instead! it will save us money and look equally as beautiful! Thank you so much for the tutorial and wonderful idea! I really appreciate it!
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« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2009 09:58:00 AM »

i really cannot get over those counter tops!! they are amazing. i think i may actually try this myself Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2009 05:27:59 PM »

I absolutely LOVE what you did with this kitchen!  My favorite color is pink, but there's a time and place for it.  Too much, or the wrong shade, and it becomes pepto pink and makes ya gag  Tongue  Even *I* wouldn't be happy with those pink countertops!!  I wish I had known how to do what you did when I lived in the home I owned... my appliances were that icky golden yellow color and the countertops were a buttercup yellow.  I spray painted the appliances white until I could replace them one by one, but always wanted to do something with the countertops.  Not only did you do a fabulous job with the ..envirotex lite?  but the sponging you did looks just so very professional.   It must be a joy to walk into that kitchen in the morning for your first cup of coffee... and to cook.  Especially knowing you did it, and you did it YOUR way! 
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« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2009 02:06:21 PM »

You painted those countertops to look like that?  Good work!
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« Reply #38 on: May 03, 2009 12:13:00 AM »

You faked granite!!! OMG!  You're like Jesus!  Or... a really cool crafter.  Hehe.
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« Reply #39 on: May 03, 2009 05:58:02 PM »

Holy crap, you did a fantastic job on the counter tops!! The whole room looks really updated and much more comfy, well done.
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« Reply #41 on: August 04, 2009 12:36:01 PM »

OMGosh that is amazing paint skill!  It looks just like the real thing! 
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« Reply #43 on: August 08, 2009 08:41:29 AM »

I'm so incredibly impressed by this.  You did a freaking awesome job.  I'm doing a kitchen renovation right now as well.  We've been wavering on the kitchen countertops.  Granite is out of the budget.   We could do laminate, but if I"m going to spend that kind of money, I might as well go with granite.  Fifty bucks is way more doable.  Plus, if I mess it up, we were going to pull out these countertops anyway, right?   Wink

Thanks so much for the inspiration, I'll be doing this asap!
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« Reply #44 on: December 13, 2009 09:05:41 AM »

AMAZING!!!!
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« Reply #45 on: December 15, 2009 11:30:38 AM »

You did a great job I'm sure your boyfriend will love it. I like the countertops amazing.
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All these kitchen designs are looking very impressive and I'm impressed by these all superb designs. You did a great job to make your kitchen more attractive and adorable. Thanks for sharing this wonderful designs.
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