Kitchen Countertops on the Cheap!
Another phase in my strange little kitchen remodel! Hi everyone, hubby and I have been slowly remodeling our kitchen in our mobile home. There's a lot of things we can do ourselves but many things require strength and lots of money ( like granite countertops) so we found a way to redo our counter top in faux granite on the cheap.
As you can see, we have this outdated yellowish, chipped Formica in our kitchen. We found a company that specializes in a faux granite countertop. It's a PVC vinyl that lays right over your existing Countertops. It comes in a roll that is 36" by whatever length you want. We started this project by measuring the length of the countertop. The company suggests cutting the vinyl in one large section but we found it to be unwieldy to work that way so we cut the large length in half. We do have a small seam halfway through the kitchen sink and small portion of the counter in front of the sink but it is lined up pretty good and you cannot see it unless you are looking for it. We pulled the backing off the vinyl and used a spray bottle with a little bit of soap to spray the back (sticky side). Doing this prevents the vinyl from sticking to itself and permanently sticking to the countertop until you have it set into the position you want.
We've laid out the vinyl and using a small squeegee pushed out the air bubbles and creased the spot where the countertop meets the back. The vinyl is not super flexible so we used a blow-dryer to heat it up. Once heated it becomes much more pliable. We used an exacto-knife to cut out the vinyl around the sink. Basically once the air bubbles are pushed out and the vinyl is where you want it, you're done. It's not granite but it sure looks like it and it's cheaper than a granite slab! Of course, being Vinyl, you won't want to cut directly on it and use a hot pad for anything over 240 degrees.
- Faux granite decor (Ebay)
- Spray bottle with water