Welcome back friends! A few posts back I shared some late summer home improvement goals which included plans for updating the kitchen. The main priority of the kitchen update centers around painting or resurfacing the kitchen countertops. I keep changing my mind about want I want to do, so today I thought I would share a round up of DIY kitchen counter top makeover ideas for inspiration. These makeovers are absolutely amazing!
Faux Marble or Granite Kits
I wasn’t even considering faux marble until I came across this post at Raising A Farmhouse. You simply have to see how Summer transformed her kitchen using an epoxy kit! I will have to admit it seems like more work than I want to do, but I am really interested now, especially after seeing how real they look and how inexpensive the kits are in comparison to new countertops. The job is really messy, so surface protection would be very important since the epoxy drips. My husband is an amazing artist and I think he could really get the look of marble down with the swirls. I am sensitive to chemicals so he would have to do this project anyway, but if he is willing to try, then we may end up with some “marble” countertops!
There are also many products on the market for achieving a granite look. I would be more interested in one of the lighter, neutral colors.
DIY Concrete Overlay Countertops
Concrete countertops are extremely popular in fixer upper and modern farmhouse style kitchens. They are very stylish, but can be a quite heavy to install and of course they are more expensive than simply painting or resurfacing existing countertops.
Nevertheless there are some easy ways to DIY concrete countertops using concrete overlay right over top of existing countertops.
Concrete Countertop Overlay via Creatively Living
DIY Concrete Countertop Makeover via A Beautiful Mess
Spray Painted Countertops
Last summer I came across a few spray painted countertops on Pinterest. I wanted to try the technique on an extra piece of our old laminate formica counter that we removed from the kitchen to make space for a breakfast nook. I am a terrible spray painter and have problems with fumes, so my husband sprayed the sample piece. It turned out great! Most of the tutorials suggest spray painting indoors which would require completely sealing off the kitchen and covering up the counters, floors, and appliances using plastic and tape. However, with my autoimmune issues and sensitivity to chemicals we will not be able to do that. We would have tear out the countertops move them outside to spray paint, which is really the only reason we haven’t spray painted them since the makeover would be easy and inexpensive otherwise, and the sample piece looked so good.
If you decide to try this project and spray paint indoors, you should certainly invest in high quality plastic and tape from a company which specializes in surface protection such as Trimaco.
For our sample we chose the dark gray stone effects spray paint from Rustoleum which gave the countertop the look of stone or corian. After it dried my husband used a matte sealer which made it look even more realistic. Since it is going to be such a hassle to remove the countertops and take them outside, we probably won’t spray paint the kitchen counters. I am considering spray painting our bathroom sink counter which wouldn’t be too much to remove and take outside.
DIY Faux Soapstone or Slate Painted Countertops
How To Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Faux Stone ~ Rain on a Tin Roof
As of right now I am leaning toward this simple and stylish faux slate technique which involves ripping the laminate off the top of our existing countertops and painting straight onto the wood underneath.
This is the most non-toxic of all the choices and the cheapest I have come across. The paint dries fast and with an appropriate sealer it should hold up for another year or two before we get new countertops.
This “slate” countertop is actually just chalkboard paint sealed with paste wax! Love it!
I love the look of real soapstone counters with bright white cabinetry. If we do the faux stone counter look I will definitely by painting my creamy cabinets a few shades lighter.
Painted Countertop Tips and Techniques
Here are some other ideas and tips for DIY painted countertop makeovers:
Well dear readers, I really think I am ready to try out a DIY painted countertop makeover using one of the faux slate or soapstone techniques. I would love to get the kitchen spruced up before fall. Of course I really love that faux marble too! Which of these DIY painted countertops do you like? Have you ever tried painting countertops? I love hearing from you!
Thanks for stopping by today!