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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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