New Use For Floor Paint To Revamp a Kitchen

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My kitchen is over 20 years old and looking a bit worn and tired around the edges. Especially the countertops. I would love a new kitchen but unfortunately, there is no budget for one at the moment or for the foreseeable future. I made some fun upcycled extra shelf storage (see here).

However, my wooden kitchen tops were looking really bad something needed to be done soon.

Around the sink, the wooden countertops were black with watermarks. No matter how much I scrubbed and sanded the countertops I could not get rid of the unsightly black stains.

I decided that until I could afford a new kitchen. I would paint the countertops. It was my sister who actually suggested that I did this. She had painted her wooden countertops a couple of years ago with floor paint with great success.

Floor paint made perfect sense as it is a paint designed for a lot of wear and tear. I sanded my worktops first then using an eco-friendly floor paint I painted them.

The paint I used is food safe so perfectly fine for countertops. Lakeland Eco Paint

To ensure an even coverage of paint and to avoid unsightly brush marks I used a small roller to apply the floor paint.

I applied 2 coats of floor paint making sure that the first coat had dried thoroughly before applying the second.

My sister says that the floor paint was so tough there was no need to add a varnish to the top of the paint. I did, however, apply wax to the painted countertops around the sink area to just make sure.

The painted countertops have made such a difference to my kitchen. They have really brightened up the whole room. They look like new and the floor paint is holding up really well so far.

I'm really over the moon with the bright fresh new look for such little effort.

I have also posted about a great way to create a unique backsplash for your kitchen which you should check out here.

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  • Chuckee Notelling Chuckee Notelling on Jan 03, 2019

    That is gorgeous! Great use of colours! One thing, do you know where the water that stained the countertop was coming from and has it been addresses? Always a good idea to deal with such things sooner rather than later.

  • Sue Sue on Jan 03, 2019

    I love this project and the colors are spectacular. I question do you have a DIY for that gorgeous tile work above your stove?

  • Angie McLemore Davis Angie McLemore Davis on Jun 07, 2019

    I would love to try this but my kitchen counters are over 40 years old and have formica on them! Do you have any idea for that? Yours turned out beautiful! I just need a lot of change cause I am sick of looking at the SAME OLD THING EVERYDAY!!

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  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Feb 06, 2019

    Beautiful job !!!

  • Charise. Charise. on Jun 23, 2020

    I totally get the frustration with crap stained-wood, HOWEVER...I'd have stripped that wood until my fingers bled, given the beauty of your wooden shelf and bowls, against the shades of blue chosen. If fact, I'd still do it, despite the time spent painting. Picture it: a beautifully stripped, stained and sealed wood countertop, in the midst of blues, with a sprinkle of stainless steel! Nonetheless, your redo is very pretty and there is no better feeling that one that replaces a bad one. So, kudos to you, for taking charge and making a change.

    • Claire at Pillarboxblue Claire at Pillarboxblue on Jun 23, 2020

      Thanks for you suggestions Charise, unfortunately I lost patience with the sanding and went for the easy option.