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Instead of replacing your kitchen countertops, consider painting them to save time and money. You only need a few materials for less than a hundred dollars, and all of these can be bought near you. It’s a simple and enjoyable activity as well, and it would make for an excellent weekend project. Learn from The Daily DIYer on Youtube. She explains how doing this project can be fun and easy as well.
Sand your countertop with 80 grit sandpaper and an orbital sander. Make sure that the entire sealer part of the countertop is off so that your paint has something to grip on to. After you use the sander, use the sandpaper again to repeat sanding all parts of the countertop, even around the sink area, especially where the sander couldn’t reach. Next, use a wet rag to wipe down all the countertop surfaces. Take out all the dust and debris caused by the sanding. Let the countertop dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Then it’s time to tape. So tape all the backsplashes, the cabinetry, and especially around the sink area.
Use the primer as the first layer of paint. Pain the primer on all the surfaces of the countertop with a cotton roller. Make sure you paint the primer really thick to cover the old paint on the countertop surfaces. Let it dry overnight before moving on to the next step.
Get your chosen paint color. In this tutorial, she chose Glidden paint to match the colors of the wall. Paint all over the countertop. Don’t let it dry completely.
Then the next step is to choose the paint for the faux marble finish. The trick to applying this paint is to make sure your second coat is still damp and wet so that you can mix the faux marble finish and get a more natural look. So when you paint your veins, make sure you try designs that you like. Also, make sure the lines are not straight but more like squigglies to look like veins. This way, they will look more random and natural.
To add more dimension to the veining, you can use folk art steel gray acrylic paint. So keep your paint brush wet so you can splash the colors along with the other veining to add more natural dimension to the countertop color. Then you can use your bigger brush to fan and feather out more designs on the surface. Let the pain dry.
Once you’re happy with the marble effect look, it’s time to seal. Paint over a good amount of the sealer.
That’s it. You already have an updated countertop for under $40!