Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kitchen Countertops Part Two: DONE!


(If you missed the first part...the first few steps, please click here.)


While we certainly aren't close to being done with our kitchen overhaul, we are DONE with those COUNTERTOPS! If you are interested in the process and product we used on our countertops (it was DIY and VERY EASY): click here to see part one of my countertop post.


Let's see....where were we from last time? Oh yes, sanding. Until our arms about fell off. There is LOTS of sanding involved with this project.

Compare your texture...truthfully, we probably could have given it another go round. But, it's fine. We have a slight bumpiness to the finished project, but if you didn't know better, it would seem like it is supposed to be there. 

Concocting the mixture for the top coat. Is it weird that the smell didn't bother me? That I almost liked it? I'm like that with diesel, too...reminds me of flying on airplanes. A very strange "happy smell". 
We did mix for two minutes...even set the timer to make sure.

 Lay it on thick! And then go back over to make sure it's even. Again and again.

Annnnnnd done.
(Well, after scoring & removing tape, allowing it to cure for a week and finally "reloading" the kitchen, we are really done now.)

We are very happy with the way they turned out. A significant upgrade from the builder's formica that was already here. And you can't beat the $250 price tag vs. the thousands we were looking at for granite.

It cleans up like laminate, but isn't heat resistant like some of the stones are. It just requires trivets and hot pads...those sorts of helpers. It is a bit shinier than we thought it would be. One thing I think Rustoleum should consider is perhaps an option for a matte finish as well.


I love that it makes the counters appear completely seamless. You can sort of see the sheen in the above photo.

You can really see the details of the decorative chips above. I really do like them!

A few things we may have done a bit differently:
-- More sanding before the final clear coat. We have a slight bit of a bumpy surface. Not too noticeable, but it is there. There is a lot of sanding involved in this process.
-- Skip drop cloths until the top coat. You'll have decorative chips everywhere...easier to vacuum up with the shop vac than wrestle with them buried in drop cloths.
-- Moved the fridge. Yeah. We totally moved the stove, but our fridge is a bear to move and we figured there was enough of a gap between the counter and fridge to squeeze a paint brush into. There was...sort of...well, okay not really. Looks like we'll be leaving the fridge when we sell the house to cover up the neglected/botched up edge. :P

Really happy with our overall results. Would do it again in a heartbeat. For the cost, I thought the product was perfect. Our next project is our island. Although we went ahead and resurfaced the counters on the island (might as well, had enough product), we plan to remove the countertop from the island and replace it with a longer piece of butcher block from Ikea. We also plan to add legs and bead board to it. I really need a longer island. It's where I do all of my prepping, mixing and bento-fixing! I need SPACE! We are hoping to model ours after Heather's beautiful new island over At the Picket Fence.

Other items on our kitchen makeover include:
-- Painting the cabinets & adding hardware
-- Repainting the walls THIS color (swoon!)
-- Adding bulkhead & trim to cabinets over the microwave (technically, this would happen before paint)
-- Creating THESE faux roman shades.
And down the road, we'd like to purchase new appliances, but that may have to wait a bit.

Here's a helpful blog that used the same countertop product that we did:
SAS Interiors

Thank you for stopping by!








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18 comments:

  1. Wow! These came out great, hard to believe they are DIY. Nice job!

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  2. WOW - this is impressive. You make it look so easy. I just recovered a seat cushion and that was hard for me. Great job!

    Hugs - Brandi

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  3. Looks great! Glad to see the end result! I would like to do this, but ours are the kind you mentioned before with the little backsplash lip. Hoping we'll be moving soon anyway!
    Stopping by from Serenity Now!

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  4. This was a very helpful post. I'm getting ready to do this to my countertops too but I hadn't been able to find any good reviews. Thanks for this helpful post!!!

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  5. Thank you so much for this post.. Really helpful!!
    Every time I go into lowes I look at the kit and wonder
    "does this really work" I am adding this to my "honey do"
    List for sure!! B

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  6. I saw this in the store, but my husband was skeptical - Thanks to you, I have proof it's doable !! THANKS and GREAT JOB guys!!

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  7. Gorgeous! You did a great job with it. Can't wait to see what you did with the island, let me know if you have any questions! :)

    Heather

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  8. Love this! I'm your newest follower from no minimalist here! Happy New Year- Stop by for a visit!!

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  9. Amazing! Love how they turned out!

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  10. Wow! Awesome job! This is perfect for me...I want to replace my countertops with granite, but this is such a huge help to me since I don't want to spend as much as it requires to replace all the countertops. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Looks great! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  12. Wow! I've never seen this stuff! I just about gave up on ever having nice countertops. You've had your new refinished tops about a month or so, are you still happy with them?

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  13. I'm so glad you tried this! I love that box kit! I have used the Cabinet one and LOVED it! Will you come share this with my group on Wednesday? I would love to feature this!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com

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  14. Amazing! I've been researching this product for months. My counterops need an overhaul and big ticket expenditure is not in the budget right now. I looked all over for others who had used the product, but I was still on the fence until finding this. I'm your newest follower - Carolyn from My Simple Messterpiece :)

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  15. Funny that you say you would have sanded more- we did the same thing, only we almost wrecked the whole thing trying to get the texture to match the sample! http://www.condo-nest.com/2011/11/kitchen-overhaul-counter-resuscitation.html. You might have had a thinner chip layer than you thought. But it came out great! Well done!

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  16. Nice to see your finished counter. Yours looks very nice. I won from Rustoleum, this kit for countertops, along with a kit for cabinets and 12 cans of spray paint at the Country Living Fair held in Austin, Texas the end of April. I haven't yet decided if I want to apply this to my countertops or use a different surface. It looks like a mess to apply. Also, from what I saw at the Fair, the top has a bit of a "rubbery" soft feel. Does yours feel like that or is it hard? Thanks!

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  17. Wow. The looks are almost the same but the after photo looks a lot stronger and more attractive. You did a great job. All the sanding you used was worth it because it looks absolutely amazing! What you did with the countertops was perfect. I was fascinated by the decorative chips. The details look very well from afar and even better close up. It’s really impressive. Good luck on your next project! I’m sure, you’ll do great!

    Robbie Marinero

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  18. Wow! You guys did an excellent job! Your new countertop looks so perfectly. I really like the color and texture that you chose. It totally fits the color of your kitchen. =)

    Elinor Haswell

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