Last year I was looking for a way to change my Master bathroom countertop that didn’t involve ripping it out or replacing it. I am all for as little demo as possible when updating things so it’s no surprise that I chose paint to refresh it. You can see the original bathroom transformation here…
The Original Painted Countertop
This is what the countertop looked like after I painted it and it has held up incredibly well. Unfortunately, not long after I painted it, I set a can of trim paint on it and forgot about it for a few days. UGH.
Since the top coat hadn’t had time to fully cure yet (typically about 30 days), it left the ring below and I was never able to get rid of it. It has always bugged me so I finally decided to just repaint the countertop.
Please note that this was completely my error and had nothing to do with the process or products. I knew better and yet I set the can there anyway 🙁
Repainting the Countertop
Repainting the counter was a quick and easy job and frankly, I don’t know why I put it off for so long!
I started by giving it a good sanding with some gritty sandpaper.
Last time I used Fusion Milk Paint and while I loved the effect, I decided to use Fusion Mineral Paint this time for ease of application (milk paint would involve a bonding agent).
I wanted a similar colour as to what I had done last time so chose to mix Algonquin with a little bit of Soap Stone. The Soap Stone helped to tone down the brown of the Algonquin and I am thoroughly impressed that it didn’t even take 2 sample-sized cans to repaint.
To apply the paint, I used two of my favourite Staalmeester brushes. I used the small, thin angled one to get the paint next to the wall and around the sink and the beautifully smooth and flat one for the rest.
Since the countertop was already painted, I didn’t need to apply a layer of Ultra Grip again as I did originally.
When I painted it the first time, I gave it a good sanding and then applied Ultra Grip to make sure the paint adhered to the Laminate.
To add a little faux texture, I added little hints of the Soap Stone throughout the wet paint before it dried.
Sealing the New Paint
Once the paint was fully dry, I brushed on three coats of the Tough Coat in Matte for protection.
I really can’t say enough how thrilled I was (and am) with how well it turned out the first time (and this time). It has held up to constant use and cleaning without a chip, crack, or discolouration.
Just remember that all paints and topcoats require about 30 days for the water to evaporate out of them and cure. It is during this time that you should be gentle with your painted surface. Trust me, I will head my own advice and be careful not to leave anything heavy on it this time for a few weeks. Once the products are fully cured, anything goes and it will hold up to normal wear and tear.
This was such an easy and cheap way to update a countertop. I would do it again in a heartbeat and love that it updates a space for next to nothing. If you decide to paint your countertop, drop your questions below and I’ll be happy to answer them!
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