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Has anyone used the new Rustoleum(?) product for "painting" your kitchen countertops?

I hate my 1968-70 avacado green formica. It is scratched, chipped, burn marks, but I can't afford granite or any other natural stone, etc. This looks good on their website but I worry it will peel or chip with time. Anyone have any experience with this stuff, or advice?

7 comments
  • Miriam I
    Miriam I New York, NY
    on Nov 5, 2012

    I've seen quite a few people use it. Check out @DIY Show Of and @Teri Uliasz Boyungs profiles. They've both done it, with beautiful results! I think they used Rustoleum.

  • 3sonscrazy
    3sonscrazy Fort Collins, CO
    on Nov 5, 2012

    Hi Cathy, my parents and sister all live in Carrollton, so I have spent a lot of time in your neck of the woods. Anyhow, I haven't tried this myself but a couple of people here on Hometalk have written rave reviews: http://www.hometalk.com/520242/rustoleum-countertop-transformations-review

  • 3sonscrazy
    3sonscrazy Fort Collins, CO
    on Nov 5, 2012

    Miriam and I were thinking the same thing at the same time. The project I linked is by DIY Show Off.

  • DIY Show Off
    DIY Show Off Pittsburgh, PA
    on Nov 5, 2012

    Thanks, Steve and Miriam. Cathy, I've tried it and love the result. I can't speak of durability just yet, but it's definitely a super hard sealed finish. If you have any questions, please let me know!

  • Shari
    Shari Tampa, FL
    on Nov 5, 2012

    Another HomeTalk member, Rhoda, also used it on a laminate counter top in her bathroom. On her blog, she did a tutorial on the steps, which you might be interested in reading to help you decide if you'd like to try it in your application. (Her blog link is in the HomeTalk link below.) http://www.hometalk.com/southernrhoda#!/636410/update-an-old-laminate-countertop

  • Cathy A
    Cathy A Denton, TX
    on Nov 5, 2012

    Thanks everyone for your replies. DYI Showoff, I did view your project and it looks great. I have watched the Rustoleum tutorial. I have about 16 feet x 2 1/2 (counting the backsplash) od counter top. I think it is a big project for my first try and I am worried about time. Can I do the base coat and chips 2 or three feet at a time or must I complete step one before going to step two? If you sand enough does the finished countertop feel smooth? I sure I must have more questions but I am feeling more confident about trying this. Thanks for any advice or tips you can share with me.

  • Shari
    Shari Tampa, FL
    on Nov 5, 2012

    I'm wondering if you break the project down into sections whether you would get "seams" where you stop and start. Of course, I haven't used the product so I can't say for sure but It might be difficult to blend the areas. Breaking it down into sections would also drag out the mess and drying time longer, which would sure be an aggravation to me. (I'm a bit of a neat freak so cleaning up all those scattered chips more than once would probably drive me insane!) Seems like it would just be better to wait and tackle this when you have 2 or 3 days to devote to the project. Here's another possible solution to updating your counter tops. I thought her results looked great! http://www.hometalk.com/search?filter=paint+counter+top&search=&zipcode=#!/622297/i-painted-my-ugly-formica-counters-to-look-like-faux-granite

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