painted laminate countertops

One of this first projects that I wanted to tackle in our new house was the kitchen counter tops.

(sorry about my crappy iphone photos… that’s about all the photo I’m able to provide at this time. My wide angle lens is what’s making it look distorted.)

I know orange is trying to make a comeback (at least that’s what I gathered from the September issue of House Beautiful), but we’re not interested in it on our counter tops.

(and a closer look just in case I didn’t quite sell you on how gross and dated they are.)

One evening, before we moved in to the house, I spent some time Googling “paint laminate?” and stumbled upon Rustoleum Countertop Coating. At only about $20 a quart Jason and I did a little shoulder shrug and thought “eh, let’s try it.”

It comes in 16 tintable colors that you choose from the top of the box. We went with “Cobblestone” which actually looks more like their version of “Light Ash” on our counters. It’s more of a warm gray, but we’re pretty happy with it.

If you’re interested in trying this product for yourself, let me warn you that this paint is really sticky and stinky. Take lots of breaks to get fresh air and keep the windows open if you can. Our entire house reeked of paint fumes for a few days. Jason’s parents were sweet enough to bring dinner over to us on the night we were painting and we all seriously contemplated eating outside on the front stoop because of the fumes. . . well, they did, Jason and I were so silly and high at that point we were like “what fumes?!”

We used some cheap foam rollers to roll it on and a paint brush for the hard to get areas. I’m so glad I bought cheap brushes for this project – the paint is so sticky it really wasn’t worth it when we tried cleaning our brushes off. We actually just made a giant painted mess on our hands and then needed to shift our focus and scrubbing energy to get the paint off of our fingers! Some salt scrub did the trick. We found that the trash can was the best remedy for those paint brushes.

It took about 3 coats of paint to fully cover our counter tops and we went though the whole quart. We actually ran out before we finished the tiny counter of our wet bar. I bought another quart, but we have yet to open or use it. I think we’re afraid of the smell… if that tells you anything.

No painting photos, but here’s what it looks like now…

(you can see some of the roller marks, which we tried to even out after this was taken, but they still could use a touch up)

We’re about 3 months in and the counters have been holding up pretty well. There are a few minor scratches, which is a bummer, but overall we’re so happy to be rid of that orange!

What do you think? Improvement? Would you ever consider painting your counter tops?

I know there’s not really a whole lot of prettiness to this post, but oh my gosh I promise you – it’s coming! Jason and I have spent ALL of our free time this past week (with the exception of MSUvsUofM game day, yesterday) working on the kitchen and I can’t wait to show you!