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Hi all! Recently after having my first little one, my laminate counters got permanently stained from the sanitizer I used on the baby bottles…oops. So, after seeing the stain, I decided to pull the trigger on a project that has been on my radar for a few years. I have been wanting to cheaply change the look of my kitchen. There is nothing structurally wrong with the cabinets or laminate countertops, they just didn’t match my décor style.
After doing a ton of research, I settled on painting my countertops and epoxying over them to make it durable. I settled on a Giani paint mix to make my counters look like faux marble. This looked believable from afar, but up close, looked ridiculously fake. Neither the Mr. or I were impressed. I ended up rethinking my whole look and going with a stone effect spray-paint from Rust-oleum in Gray Stone. After painting, I used Stone Coat Epoxy as a top coat. This should give it the durability to last for years while giving the counters an amazing shine. You can read more about this process in my DIY Paint and Epoxy Countertops post.
The cabinets were a cheap update as well. I used Rust-oleum Gel Stain in Walnut and gave the cabinets about 3 coats. You can read more about the staining process of my cabinets in my DIY Gels Staining Kitchen Cabinets post.
I also tore down the six-inch laminate backsplash and replaced it with a stone backsplash. You can read more on how I added backsplash to my kitchen in this post.
The last step was replacing the standard two-compartment sink and faucet with a one compartment sink and a bigger faucet. The Mr. did all of the work on that project, I can’t even try to take credit for it, so I won’t. He already knew how to do it, but if you aren’t sure, I would recommend watching tutorial videos. I know that I had to look up a video on re-installing the garbage disposal for him. It didn’t take him long to do all of the work and it made a world of difference. BTW, we decided to pull the trigger and get a new sink when we were already half way finished with the entire kitchen project, so I don’t have a before picture for the sink, oh well. I would definitely recommend changing out your sink and faucet if you are planning on doing a kitchen remodel.
I love how this turned out.
The whole project took just under two months from start to finish, but I only worked at night when the baby was asleep. Overall, I love how it came out, but there are some quality issues just like any other DIY project. The added backsplash is the same brand and style, but the different batches had different ratios of stone types leaving more dark stone and less of the gray stone in the part that I added after removing the laminate backsplash. I hate that this is obvious, but I can use appliances to cover it up if it starts to drive me crazy. Also, there are some spots in the epoxy that aren’t even. This could have been avoided if I had more experience with epoxy. When staining the cabinets with the gel stain, it was impossible to get the brush strokes out. I tried several different methods, and ended up going with a more rustic look on the cabinets. I would definitely do this project again. The cost of the materials and time spent were well worth it for the aesthetics, in my opinion.