After we painted our kitchen cabinets white, we had to break up the monotony of the white. If you’ve seen my Pinterest page, you’ve probably noticed my interest in black and white kitchens. But instead of buying new counters, we decided to use a Rustoleum Countertop Transformation kit.
We looked into replacing our counters and decided the investment wasn’t worth it. After all, this is our first home, and we have a feeling that when our family grows, we’ll probably grow out of the house. Plus, the existing laminate is in good condition – it’s just boring and white. Luckily, Lowe’s had a sale on the Countertop Transformation kit, so I snagged one to use at a later date.
The whole process was fairly easy, just SUPER messy. Oh, and be prepared to say goodbye to your kitchen for a week, haha. Here’s what we did.
We bought a new, single basin sink, so to make the Countertop Transformation application thorough, we took out the sink. This included some caulk scraping with a putty knife. Totally optional.
To prep the rest, we hung plastic tarps to protect the freshly painted cabinets and taped off the edges around the counter.
2. Sand the counters
It feels so weird to sand a counter, but that’s what you have to do to degloss its shiny laminate surface. The Transformation kit comes with a helpful 15 minute DVD that covers the whole process, and breaks things down into easy steps. Alert: sexy sanding pose ahead.
3. Clean the counters
Because sanding creates a lot of dust.
4. Apply the paint
We used the charcoal colored kit. With a roller brush (the directions specify the nap length), we took turns rolling on a thick, even layer of paint and brushing it onto the back splash. It was dark and goopy, but a lot thinner than I expected. It looks like tar in the instructional video.
Anyway, we applied it in two-three foot sections, sprayed it with a “wetting agent.”
Then, we let the chips fly. Seriously. The kit came with six hefty bags of the decorative chips. We only used two, and that was A LOT. The kit has this contraption that’s basically a handheld seed spreader. Pour the chips in, crank the handle, and they come flying out onto the wet surface. We spread the chips generously, section by section, and let everything dry over night.
5. Vacuum, scrape, sand
In the morning, the paint was dry and the chips adhered. Using a provided wide putty knife, I gently scraped the excess chips in order to smooth the surface. Then I vacuumed the chips. That took almost an hour. Seriously. Chips EVERYWHERE.
I scraped off excess chips (and made Ryan’s hairy arm pose, haha).
Then I had to sand again. This time around, it was important to be light on the edges and corners, otherwise the base paint just scrapes off. It’s easy to repair, according to the instructional video.
Anyway, everything was smooth and sanded, so it was time to seal it.
6. Seal it!
Using a high density foam roller and the smelliest two part solution ever, I rolled a substantial but even coat of protective coating on the counter. After about five hours, I scored the tape with my putty knife and slowly peeled it off.
Now it’s a waiting game. It takes seven full days for the final coat to cure, so we can’t do much else until then. Except vacuum the chips that we keep finding, haha.
While the kit was $200, it requires a bunch of tools, many of which can’t be used again. So, really, it was about $250 for everything.
Have you ever used the Rustoleum Countertop Transformation? I gotta say, this $250 investment is much easy on our wallet than installing new counters!