I have wanted to redo the counter-tops in both bathrooms in our house forever. It just hasn’t been in the budget. I have seen counter-top paint before and read about it on other blogs. I finally decided I would give it a try. After all, I couldn’t really “ruin” my 40+ year old counter-tops! I am no expert. I am new to DIY and none of my projects are perfect – especially this one. But, I will share my journey anyway!
Here it goes… my very imperfect bathroom counter-top makeover!
Supplies I used:
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Giani Countertop Paint Kit, Sicilian Sand – for kitchen projects/large bathrooms
Giani Granite Small Project Paint Kit, Sicilian Sand – for most bathrooms. This is the one I purchased and it was enough to do 2 bathroom counter-tops (I will make another blog post for the other bathroom.)
The paint kit comes with the brushes and rollers, so you shouldn’t have to buy any more of those unless you don’t wash them out. I washed mine and reused them as listed in the directions, but if you’d rather just throw away and not clean them, you’ll need these:
I re-caulked both bathrooms after the recommended drying times were completed. I used this caulk:
First you’ll need to open up the paint kit box and read all of the directions so you know what you’re in for. It’s pretty simple, but if you have kids you might want to plan a time where you’ll be gone during drying times, or make sure you have a spare bathroom to use. Or at least somewhere else to wash your hands!
The directions in the paint kit tell you in detail, but in short – you’ll want to clean your counter tops very well to prep them for paint. The Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scour Pads, 8 Pads work great for this. You’ll also have to scrape off old caulking. Next, tape off the walls, sink, cabinet, and whatever else you don’t want paint on. I used ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape, 1.88 inch x 60 yard, 1 Roll – 2090-48E.
Time for the coat of primer! Looks better already!
Follow along with the steps in the instruction manual, adding each color and allowing it to dry according to the drying times listed. My husband also got the hardware on the sink changed. Woohoo! Much easier for our preschooler to control the water temperature with this style of faucet. Here is a very similar faucet: WOWOW Bathroom Faucet 2 Handle Bathroom Sink Faucet 4 inch Centerset Bathroom Faucets 3 Holes Lavatory Faucet with Lift Rod Drain Stopper Vanity Faucet Lead-Free Basin Mixer Tap Black
I re-caulked around the sink and sides of the counter top. I spent less than $50 on both bathrooms in our house combined. Way cheaper than $2,000 brand new counter tops! It isn’t perfect, but I love it for what it cost and the visual improvement is great. My husband switched the handles on the vanity too. I love it! Stay tuned for our other bathroom’s before and after photos.