Here are the before pictures:
Here are the afters:
|Main bath. I'm still on the hunt for an oil rubbed bronze faucet.|
Before I give you the details, I want to give credit to these three blogs:
Wild Whitney's - Faux Granite Countertop for less than 25 Bucks!
Mossisawesome - DIY Faux Granite Countertop... without a kit for under $60!
General Splendour - Ambush Makeover: My Formica Countertops!
I was looking into purchasing the Giani Granite Kit or the Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Kit, but thought they were pricey and figured there had to be a better way. That's when I started googling and stumbled across this method that looks even better than the kits.
I didn't sand my countertops, but it's probably a good idea. I cleaned them with TSP which can be found at home improvement stores. In my kitchen and laundry room I went for a darker looking "granite". I spray painted black Rustoleum spray paint for the base. My house was torn apart at this point so it didn't matter if spray paint got everywhere. You'll want to use an actual paint and brush on the base. Any good paint is fine.
|Laundry room with base coat|
|Kitchen and laundry colors|
|Hobby Lobby Sponges|
In my bathroom I spray painted the counter with an off white and then used several lighter paints for sponging. Check out real granite samples that you like and then base your colors off that.
|Just a few layers of paint so far|
I wish I would have painted more veins in it so don't be afraid to try that out with a tiny art paint brush or small sponge because that also makes it look more realistic. Check out this youtube video to learn how.
I sprinkled in fine black glitter for the darker counters and fine white glitter for the bathroom. They even have glitter flecks that you can buy at craft stores which I wanted to try, but chickened out.
The trickiest part is the epoxy. I used EnviroTex Lite which you can find at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I purchased 2 of the 32 ounce bottles and it covered my kitchen, bath, and laundry. Each box is $29.99 at Hobby Lobby. Be sure to use a 40% off coupon! I purchased an extra box to have on hand just in case we ran out in the middle of applying it - that would have been bad.
If I were to do it again, I'd try an auto finish like the lady in the second blog posted above. I've been wanting to test it out on an old board, but haven't gotten around to it. The EnviroTex Lite worked well, but we have some bubbles in it we weren't able to get out. However, we weren't living in the house at this point so had I been there for a couple hours after to catch the late bubbles it probably would have been fine.
You can't use your counters for three days because the epoxy needs to set up. Annoying, I know. You might be eating out. It's so worth it though.
So far it's held up well. You can't cut directly on the surface like you can with granite so be sure to use cutting boards.
Check out my other posts on saving money in the kitchen: How we updated an entire kitchen for less than $800 and Paintable wallpaper for a backsplash.
Good luck! You can do it!