Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Faux Granite Countertops

For years I have been perfectly happy with my beige formica countertops but for the past several years I have secretly lusted for granite! It wasn't until recently my oldest daughter, Mallary, suggested that one of my future projects may need to include a countertop redo. So, I did what most people do these days and googled. After watching mannnnyyyyy videos I decided to go with this technique found here. You base coat with countertop paint and layer different colors on top of that. The colors I used did make my kitchen darker so I am going to go with bright curtains to hopefully lighten it up a bit. I plan to post a tutorial in the near future of the colors, steps, etc. I did but, for now, I am resting and enjoying my "new" look in my kitchen.

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Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
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  1. OMG - that is fabulous! Can't tell that it's not the "real" stuff. Nice job and you were very brave; don't know if I could have done that. Just in time for the holidays, so enjoy. MMR

  2. Wow! This looks wonderful! It does look like granite! what a great job you did.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. ok, when do you want to do mine?????? that looks awesome. So proud of and for you. Good job.

    Kim Walker

  4. This looks amazing--and real too! Great job!

  5. I have been watching video after video and so far I like your colors the best. Can you tell me what paint you used and what colors in what order? What materials you used... that sort of thing. Any tips you would like to offer would be appreciated! Thanks! You did a great job!

  6. Yes Glenda, I used 2 coats of rustoleum countertop paint, the tan color with drying in between each coat. I wadded up a plastic bag and dipped it into rustoleum irory(I believe, I am going by memory because my paint is put away) then dabbed the countertops with that. Then I went to a rustoleum leather brown..., black, and finished off with a copper that was from that folk art paint. I applied all of these with the plastic bag. It doesn't matter what type of paint you use on the countertop paint it's the base and top coats that count. At first I used 5 coats of polyurethane but was not happy with it so I bought the Pour On Envirotech coating that you can get at Ace Hardware. I recommend ordering it by the gallon but I was too impatient. This top coat is equivalent to 50 coats of varnish and I love it. The pictures you are seeing is of the polyurethane. I really plan to write a tutorial but have not gotten around to it. I am still careful to put my crockpot on a wood block because your formica has a baked on coat so nothing will be as durable. So far, not marks and I have really enjoyed them! Hope this helps.

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  8. What did it cost...and the total coverage in square footage?

  9. Did you ever do the full tutorial?? About how much did this cost you and also what colors did you use!?? This us yhe nicest one I have seen!!