Laundry Room ORC: DIY Refinish Countertops
After my spur of the moment decision to enter into Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge last week, I got down to the business of planning and starting the re-do of my laundry room this past week. The first order of business was to figure out what I was going to do with those really awful green countertops. I truly would have loved to have granite or quartz installed, but given my last minute decision to tackle this room, the cost of either of those 2 surfaces wasn’t really an option. So I looked for other options to refinish countertops, of which there aren’t too many.
Thankfully, I came across Daich Coatings Spreadstone Countertop Finishing Kit. (This is not a sponsored post. These are just my opinions of and experiences with this product) I spent a good deal of time researching the product online, which also included reviews by some other bloggers who used it to refinish countertops. With all the positive reviews, I was encouraged, though still nervous, to give this product a try. I consider myself a DIY’er, but this is completely outside of my sphere of experience. I took a deep breath, purchased the Oyster color and, nervously, got busy.
Here are my observations:
- Kit includes everything you will need, down to a dust mask, brush and sandpaper to refinish countertops
- Instructions (written and included video) are very detailed and easy to follow. I did follow the directions to a T…just not something I was willing to go freewheeling on.
- It was really quite fun to do and to see the transformation. Assuming the product holds up as claims and reviews have indicated, I would not hesitate to use this product again.
DIY Refinish Countertops
The photo below shows one coat of the base coat over the entire counter, with the right side (as you’re looking at it) also having a second coat. You can see some green peeking through on the left. Prior to the application of the base coat, I sanded the whole surface with a heavy grit sandpaper, per the instructions.
After the base coat dried, it was time to put the stone coat on. This coat is clear, with slivers of of stone. I rolled and painted it on, but then used my fingers to move the stone bits around to make sure the pattern was completely random. As recommended by Daich, I put on 2 coats of the stone coat.
Once the stone coat was dry, I sanded very lightly to achieve the texture I wanted. You could also remove some of the ‘stone’ if you think you have too much in one area through sanding. Once sanded, I applied 2 coats of the acrylic sealer. I’ve got to be honest that I really enjoyed the whole process…and no, I am not affiliated with Daich…just my honest opinion!
The picture below shows a little more detail of the stone countertop. It is not shiny like granite, but looks a little more like raw stone or concrete; which, in retrospect, I’m really happy with as I think it makes it less formal.
So hubby was a little skeptical with this whole process, but he and I are both quite pleasantly surprised with how great the countertops look. It’s a good and wonderful thing when a product does what it says it’ll do. I got mine at Home Depot, but you might be able to find them at other retailers as well. The only thing I can’t attest to is how this will hold up as I finished it just this week. I am very optimistic about it though, as this product is also used on exterior surfaces and my laundry room counters don’t get huge traffic, like an outdoor area.
And because pictures are worth a thousand words, here’s a before and after.
SO.VERY.HAPPY to kiss those lime/grinch/puce/whatever green countertops good-bye! Now just need to ‘de-green’ the rest of the room and I can put this rather garish decorating faux pas in my rear-view window!!!
And so that you might share vicariously in how this room re-d0 is going, here’s the song that I’m singing this week!
So my friends, one week into the One Room Challenge and so far all I’m all ???? and ☺☺☺☺ and ????? and ???? s! I am heading out of town for a long weekend with some of my college gal pals (SO EXCITED!), so I’m trying to get ahead of the curve before I leave. I’ll be back next week with the next installment of this One Room Challenge, which (spoiler alert) may include some architectural salvage store finds!!!
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