Easy Breezy Countertop Redo

by Jen
3 Materials
4 Hours
Scared to death to paint my counters! But when I was done......WOW
Ugly and dirty from 1997
First things first! Soap and water cleaning..NO CHEMICALS....formica was toast
I wasnt up for taking down the tile (husband wanted to know why!)
UGH how I hated this sink! Only 5 inches deep. WHY DID they use these in Mobile Homes????
Cleaned and time for a light sand with 220 grit.
Bye Bye sink (not the best time for me to be doing this smack dab in the middle of canning season) Hole for sink was cut BEFORE painting! Out goes the garbage disposal (I compost!) Clean up time...
YUCK YUCK YUCK..who's idea was this?? Oh yeah..mine! Have had my new sink sitting in the box in the shop for over a year and a half! Bought a stainless steel 9" deep :-) Came complete with EVERYTHING needed.
Okay..deep breath.....ALL windows and doors opened...(we had sooooooooo much smoke from the fires here in Oregon I started out with the AC on)
TAPED EVERYTHING.....Obviously not far enough up....Light coat..then started on second one right away. It will scrape off of the tile. Why have I waited this long???? WOW!!!!
After an hour I went back and took off all the tape. OPENED THE WINDOWS AND DOORS and put in fans. Luckily as soon as I finished we had our 1st rain in months! I wont lie to you...it smells like a nail shop times 100 with a bottle of acetone dumped in your face. But the results speak for themselves!!!! Today is Saturday and the new sink goes in Monday. I will post pics when its in!
Suggested materials:
  • Rustoleum Counter Paint   (Home Depot)
  • Blue painters tape, 220 grit sandpaper   (Had)
  • Foam roller brush YOU MUST HAVE   (WalMart)
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  • Linda Linda on Sep 15, 2017
    Was wondering if you had to put any sealer on it so it doesn't chip? You did a great job!

  • Deb Deb on Oct 08, 2017
    Well done ! in our old farmhouse, we have tiles that they used, very small, and grout is always needing to be bleached to keep clean. (however, you cant kill this counter, lol, hot pots and everything can be put on it ! and I dont mind the colour either) but I have been trying to think of ways to update... I wonder if your process would be ok on an uneven surface ? ( just sort of seal it all, ) I have never been afraid of painting anything, and paints are soooo amazing these days...

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  • Jen Jen on Mar 15, 2020

    Ok Hometalkers....Its been 3 yrs now and I have a few comments. I should have gone darker! Stains are NOW setting in. Blue is starting to show thru. The company told me they have no recommendations for cleaning this product. There ARE coffee stains. My comment would be its a great "temporary" fix. NOT long term! Currently looking for other ideas to cover!

  • Jane Jane on Oct 04, 2020

    I’m after a temporary fix so you have just made my mind up for me. Thanks heaps. I have repainted some old bedroom furniture with a Taubmans 3 in one paint. It primes covers and seals. Really excellent paint. Deluxe has just bought out a range especially for benches tiles to renovate older things.

    I live in Australia and have just found this page. Thought I’d say something. It’s my first time lol.