How to Paint Countertops
LESLIE: Tammy in Michigan is looking to makeover a kitchen. How can we help you?
TAMMY: Well, I’m wondering if you know anything about or can walk me through the process of using the product out on the market that is – like you paint your old countertops?
TAMMY: It leaves a hard granite – a hard surface.
LESLIE: So, currently you have a laminate of some sort?
TAMMY: I do. It’s a 1979 faux butcher block. (Leslie and Tammy chuckle)
TOM: Oh, so you want to go from a faux butcher block to a faux granite top.
TAMMY: Yes, there you go. (chuckles)
LESLIE: But it doesn’t have to be granite, you know. There are so many different manufacturers that make these counter paints. One of them is Rust-Oleum, who I’m sure you’ve heard of. They have – it’s a counter paint kit but it’s really just one product in a box and I think they’re labeling it as Counter Makeover, Counter Paint. If you go to RustOleum.com and search products, you’ll find exactly what it is.
And the only downside is it needs three days to cure, so you need to make sure that once you prep the surface and roll out the paint, that you really, really let it dry. And that’s available in 12 solid colors, I believe.
Modern Masters, which is like – I believe it’s the same company as Rust-Oleum; under the umbrella – but they’re more high-end finishes, so I think the kit’s going to run in the $200 range whereas the countertop paint’s only going to be in the $20 range. But Modern Masters makes one that is really phenomenal when it comes to trying to get a granite look and it’s very user-friendly.
There’s another company called GIANI that makes a granite paint but that one’s sort of more like a sponge painting kit, so you get a different effect. Not sure of the price point on that one but whatever you do, make sure you follow the prep procedures, make sure you clean it and do whatever they tell you to do so that you want it to stick. And really let it dry before you put anything back on top of it.
TAMMY: OK, awesome. Thanks so much.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.