DIY Bathroom Counter-top Makeover

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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Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scour Pads, 8 Pads

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:

Value-Pack 10-Pc Foam Paint Brush Set – Wood Handles by Industrial Tools

Purdy 140624612 Jumbo Mini White Dove Roller Replacements, 6-Pack, 4-1/2 inch x 3/8 inch nap

I re-caulked both bathrooms after the recommended drying times were completed. I used this caulk:

GE GE281 Advanced Silicone 2 Kitchen & Bath Sealant Caulk Squeeze Tube, 2.8oz, White

Before photo*

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

Finished product!

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.

About The Frugal Farmer’s Daughter

Hey y’all! My name is Emily and I grew up in small town Iowa. Growing up I had a lot of hand-me-downs from my sister, family, & friends. Our family would frequent garage sales in the spring, summer, and fall. We went to consignment shops or outlet stores for our back to school shopping to find other items we didn’t find in our garage sale adventures. It was my normal and I didn’t think a thing about it. Everyone must do this.

Around high school, I noticed that not everyone shopped this way. Who knows why not, we always found awesome stuff and saved a ton of money! I decided I had to share my knowledge of saving money with more of my friends. Being involved in 4-H and FFA, I found projects that were considered junk to some and gave them new life. Something I found for pennies, now turned useful and amazing! Not to mention all of the clothing I would find for myself or my friends, or flip for a profit on eBay.

After graduating from Iowa State University with a major in Agricultural Studies and a minor in Horticulture, I still had no idea what I wanted “to be when I grew up….” and I still don’t! OOPS! Although – I have zero student debt… pretty cool huh? We can talk about that another time.

For now, I am a stay at home mom to two lovely girls. I continue to love thrift shops. Hunting garage sales. Scanning Facebook Marketplace. Shopping consignment. Saving some money along the way, just like my dad – the farmer, my mom, and my grandparents taught me.

Hopefully an idea of mine might spark an idea of your own; make you rethink buying new when you could reuse, redo, re-purpose, re-create & hopefully – save some money at the same time.