Faux Granite Countertop - Master Bathroom

9 Materials
$120
10 Hours
Easy

My master bathroom needed to remodeled. The entire bathroom was gutted down to the studs and remodeled with new tile and etc. But, what I am going to show you today is the counter tops that I made. Everyone thinks they are granite. Why spend $4000 on counter-tops when I made this counter-top for $120.00!!

Left Side - is the after photo.

Measured the cabinets and cut down the 3/4 inch sanded plywood. Also taking into consideration where the new sinks would go. I traced the sinks onto the wood. I also measured for the counter-top back splash.

Cut the sink holes with a jig saw. Used wood glue and a brace to join the two pieces of sanded plywood together. I also smoothed the sink holes and used a wood router to bevel the edges. Once the wood glue dried, I used wood filler in the seam. Let it dry and sanded it to a smooth finish. (No seam!!)

Painted two coats of Zinsser primer on both sides of the counter top and the back-splashes.

After the primer was dry, I painted two coats of the base color on the counter-top and the counter back splash. I used Behr Premium Plus - Paint & Primer - Color White Bean Hummus. (only purchased a quart)

After the base coat was dry I took smaller samples of Behr paint and using a sea sponge. Colors are in order : Coffee bean, vanilla paste and black. ( I decided not to do the metallic)

Taking the sea sponge, I started with the first color - Coffee Bean. Using a paper plate I dipped my sea sponge into the paint. Using a second paper plate, I blotted the sponge to take off the excess paint. With no rhyme or reason, I started blotting the wood. After the first coat was dry. I went onto sponging the vanilla paste, waited for it to dry and went onto the black. Don't forget to do the back splashes! (Had my buddy named Justice hanging out with me the entire time, overseeing the project)

This picture is of the 3 paint colors completed.

Used Parks Super Glaze. Mixed part A - resin and part B -activator into a 2 1/2 quart empty container. Follow the directions on the box. You have to mix for about 15 minutes or so without stopping. You may want to have someone jump into help. You do not realize that the constant mixing actually tires out your arm. This is where I needed my hubby to jump in to give my tired arm a break. ;) (Thanks honey!)

I slowly poured the super glaze onto the counter-top and at the same time I lightly used a sponge brush to gently spread the glaze. (Again, don't forget the back splashes). Use the sponge brush to wipe off the drips from the edges. You'll have to wipe the edges several times to make sure there are no drips. (The drips will dry ...and they are hard to take off) I did not use the super glaze on the underside of the counter. Only on the top surface. Also, there can be bubbles in the glaze. The next step will cover the bubbles.

Before the glaze dried, I asked my husband to use the hand held torch about 12 inches away from the glaze. The heat of the torch pops the bubbles right before your eyes. This part was a two part operation. I had to continuously wipe the edges of the drips while he popped the bubbles. (Again don't forget to do the back splashes the same way) I let the glaze dry for about 2 hours and mixed the second box of glaze to do the second coat. I followed the same steps from applying the first coat also making sure to gently wipe down the edges of drips. Again, we used the heat torch to pop the bubbles. I let it dry overnight.

The next morning, we installed the counter-top and back splashes! It is smooth and shines like glass! Can you see the reflection?

A close up to see the shine!! Thanks for stopping by to take a look. While you're here don't forget to check out my other projects. 😋

Wanted to show you the rest of the remodel. You'll notice I have a large sky light over the shower. In the past I made a curtain and used tension rods to hold them up. Florida sun can be brutal. So I tinted the window and purchased plantation shutters at my local Habitat for Humanity. Cut them down to size and framed them in! If it gets to hot, I can simply close the shutter. Or leave the shutters open and feel as if I am taking a shower outside. (Purchased a rain showerhead)

Want to give an update on the countertop. Here we are 1 1/2 years since I did this project. The countertop is and still looks as beautiful as the day I installed it. 😁

Matching plantation shutter bi-fold doors on my linen closet.

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  • Rcl29524576
    on Sep 23, 2018

    How did you attach the beautiful new tops to the vanity? Did I miss something?

  • Holly
    on Sep 24, 2018

    I have a kitchen island counter that needs a new top, would this work? Is the glaze food safe? Thanks. P.s. great job!

    • Cristina Addie
      on Jul 22, 2020

      That actually makes a lot of sense. It's too bad I didn't think/ know to do that. I'll keep that as a mental note if and when I ever do something like this again. Thank you!

  • Candace
    on Jul 11, 2020

    GORGEOUS.........Looks high end!

    Are those the same cabinets?

    Everything looks SOOOO GOOD!

    • Cristina Addie
      on Jul 12, 2020

      Actually no. My master bathroom is big enough that I was able to use kitchen cabinets. So much higher and more space for all my makeup and hair care products. Lol

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