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Julie 3 days ago

I painted my ugly formica counters to look like faux granite!

I recently removed wallpaper in my kitchen and painted the walls and really loved the new look. But I was stuck with these ugly hunter green formica countertops with wood trim! UGH. So I decided to try to paint them and they turned out SO great I was shocked. It totally transformed my kitchen for about $100. The tutorial is here...

http://generalsplendour.blogspot.com/2011/02...

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  • Pam Smith
    you did a great job your kitchen looks beautiful
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  • Tracy W
    Tracy W Orland Park, IL
    BIG WHOOPS! The Minwax answer above was for my painted hardwood floors - a different post. The high gloss finish for this was Envirotex Lite and you can find it at Hobby Lobby (with the 40% coupon) or any home improvement store. Sorry for the other answer
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  • Pam Smith
    how did you get the shine to stay up on the backsplash ?
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  • Tracy W
    Tracy W Orland Park, IL
    Hi Pam - that is the hardest part - as you pour you simply take the sponge brush and keep brushing the Envitorex from the coutner surface up the backsplash. Eventually it will stick. You don't need a great amount - just enough to reflect the shine. It
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  • Bev
    Bev Dandridge, TN
    I painted my countertops...totally love them. My biggest problem after 1 1/2 years is that they are starting to scratch. This Envirotex Lite will hold up better? Just sand and redo with this product? Below are the after and before pictures.
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  • Pam Smith
    thank you I am going to try it !!!!!
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  • C
    C Orange Park, FL
    Hi,

    Is there a tutorial for this Tracy? Thanks

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  • Allen Vaught
    Allen Vaught Kissimmee, FL
    You have taken a very good decision Tracy..The green Formica really looks ugly. And this pattern is now become old. Either you paint your kitchen or use a granite countertop. I have painted white cabinets with dark granite. And also I tried to color
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  • Tracy W
    Tracy W Orland Park, IL
    Hi C - all the details can be found here:

    http://generalsplendour.blogspot.com/2011/02... Thanks!

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  • Crose3748@cox.net
    Crose3748@cox.net Coventry, RI
    Love your pendant lights!! Where did you purchase them?
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    • Tracy W
      Tracy W Orland Park, IL
      Crose3748@cox.net Thank you! Actually they were purchased in 1977 and were in the bathroom until I remodeled it and I simply painted them black and moved them to the kitchen. I am sure if you google miniature chandeliers you can find something similar.
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  • Ruth  Nederlk
    Ruth Nederlk Webster, NY
    Looks so beautiful Wish I could do it .To old now with bone problems, Amazing. Also have a formica table top I always loved from the early 60's Finish now wearing off in different parts of table . Can this be done he same way as the counter tops? Have a
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  • Kathy White
    Kathy White Mobile, AL
    What a difference a few changes made! Beautiful work and a gorgeous kitchen! BTW, what is the picture on your bar stools? I can't tell.
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  • Stacey Beck
    Stacey Beck Orem, UT
    That is paint? I would never guess in a million years that was paint, it looks just like granite. I don't know if I'm that skilled to do this myself but it looks really cool!
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  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth Salisbury, NC
    Congrats on a job well done, such an improvement!
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