Affordable DIY Countertops:
Countertops are the most utilized part of the house, maximum part of the day is spent either at the countertop or in front of the television. The kitchen is one place which is the heart of the house. The hub of all activity, countertops demands extra care and attention.
Here is a great and affordable DIY countertop:
- Paint in a variety of shades of your choice. Used here was light grey base paint in a satin finish with light blue and dark charcoal craft paint.
- Sponge Brushes
- Sandpaper or sponge
- Glitter (optional )
- Drop Cloths
- Painters tape
- EnviroTex Lite
- Blow torch (recommended)
- Two containers for mixing
- Clean paint stir stick
- Rags or Paper Towels
- Take some sandpaper and start sanding the countertop lightly. This helps the paint to stick onto the surface better.
- Wipe the countertop thoroughly at least 3-4 times so that there is no residue left on the countertop.
- Cover the countertop with a coat of primer. Let it dry completely.
- Once dry, paint the countertop with the base color you want, gray in this case. Apply at least 3 thin coats of base paint and let dry in between each application.
- With the last coat of base, paint adds a little glitter to give a shine to the countertop. This gives an illusion of depth to the counter like a stone surface.
- Apply a layer of color with a sponge and start dabbing paint onto the countertop. Dab in small sections with two colors of paint.
- Apply the colors liberally all over the countertop and let the two mixes to give a natural stone finish.
- Apply a dab of base paint on the still damp countertop. This gives the illusion of depth like a natural stone variation effect.
- Let it dry completely. Once done add a final layer of base paint with some glitter to give a shine to the countertop. Let dry completely.
- Once dry, cover the entire countertop with polyacrylic to seal the paint. Polyacrylic doesn’t turn yellow with use and is easy to clean and environment-friendly too.
- Once dry, mix the Enviro Tex lite sealer. Follow the instructions given on the sealer. Mix the contents of the two bottles into one container, mix and immediately pour into another container and mix for a minute.
- Pour this immediately over the countertop and spread it out. Let it drip as this will seal the front of the countertop.
- Use a blowtorch to burst any air bubbles. This is completely optional. You can also blow air on the bubbles to burst them.
- Let dry and once done, smoothen the edges gently with sandpaper.
Your affordable DIY countertop is ready with a brand new textured look.