Laundry Room ORC: DIY Refinish Countertops
Before you start on this post, be sure to check out last week’s post where I discuss starting the One Room Challenge in my laundry room. I cannot wait for you to join me on this journey!
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 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 about 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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You are so brave to take on this job Lynn, but you managed so well and it does look fabulous! I am such a scary pants when it comes to big make overs like that and you really made this look quite easy… what a great and affordable solution to change up those countertops. I love the stone look and yes, what a change!! Wishing you a lovely weekend away with your friends, that sounds like fun! Can’t wait what happens next in your laundry room! Happy Weekend friend 🙂
Hi my friend! Thanks for stopping by to check on my progress and to offer your words of encouragement. I am quite pleased thus far, though I don’t want to jinx myself! Right now I’m visiting with Kate…a stopover on my way to Charlottesville, VA for my ‘girl’s weekend’. So obviously, nothing is happening while I’m gone. I’ll jump right back in when I return.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Hi there Lynn, I was so happy to see you link up at Sweet Inspiration #2, Thank you for that! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Can’t wait to hear about it!!!
Hi Katrin! We did have a fantastic weekend…but I’m exhausted now. I’ll be back next week.
That looks amazing!
Thanks Nichole! I”m pretty pleased with it thus far. More to come!
Thanks for visiting.
Lynn the song…. so many memories from when I was a kid! The countertop looks phenomenal!! You did a great job!! Sometimes fear will get you far! It turned out great and it looks sooooo much nicer than before. If only they had a home depot in Greece Lynn. I have a countertop that looks like it’s been in a train wreck. I desperately need this. Maybe I can look into it and see if they will ship or find something similar. You are moving forward and doing so with a fun atitude!!
Mary, it’s a Canadian company…maybe they have a European distributor. They have so many color options…it was really hard to pick one with so many options. But then again, that’s not a strong point of mine…decision making.
And don’t you love that song…It does bring back so many memories.
But now that the countertops are done, I am really quite happy with them. Onto the next task…when I return from my gal pal weekend.
My laundry room is just that – a wide space on the way out to the back yard with a metal cupboard above the washer/dryer. I have a metal shelving unit on the near wall and an over-the-toilet shelf over the doggie door on the way out. Not much decorating to do there for me! LOL. You did a great job and I’ve enjoyed your blog over the past weeks.
Hi Sadeleh, thanks so much for swinging by and leaving your kind comments. I just returned from a quick visit to your site and am duly impressed with all your knitting projects! I’ve never really done lace like you do, but it’s on my to do list.
Thanks again for visiting.
I was wondering what “site” you found my lace knitting on! LOL – I haven’t done anything with that blog in a coon’s age! These days I’m all about Ravelry, an online gathering place of knitters and crocheters. You might try this address to see some of my more recent projects: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/sandeleh I’ve made all of my stuff “available to the public” so I’m hoping you can see everything. I’ve been retired since 2008 and spent a few years blind from cataracts while I was waiting for surgery. I’ve just had the 2nd eye fixed and am knitting up a storm. In fact, I’m in the middle of a baby storm, with one friend having 3 due soon in her family and another friend expecting her first grandchild. j
Oh, if the Ravelry URL won’t load for you, I also have public photo albums on FaceBook. So many pretties! LOL.
Hi Sandeleh, your site sandeleh.blogspot.com was linked when you left your comment, so that’s where I went. I did notice that it had been quite a few years since you posted, but enjoyed looking at your projects nevertheless. I will head over to your ravelry site as well, I LOVE ravelry. I’m so glad that your vision is allowing you to continue to knit again, it’s clearly your passion! Thanks again for visiting with me.
Lynn – those turned out great! Can’t wait to see the next installment!
Oh wow that looks really good. I have been skeptical too of the painted countertop projects but I may have to give this a try. The photo reminds me of the Corian countertops in my previous home.
Its looking great Lynn!
Hi Jenny, So far so good! I was a little leery, but I figure ‘hey…what’s the worst that could happen?’ If they don’t hold up, then I’ll just have to replace them! But this product is used for exterior surfaces as well, so I’m optimistic. Loving your shark teeth! Can’t wait to see what’s next.
Lynn I adore the direction that your room is headed towards! You did SO much better than I did in my room this week.
I would love for you to share this post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I think our readers would really enjoy it!
Good luck in the upcoming week!
Hi Laura, thanks so much for swinging by. And you and I are swapping situations…I went full bore last week as I am now out of town for 5 days for a Girl’s weekend with some college gal pals. So, sadly, my progress will not be quite so impressive next week. In fact, I may need to borrow your adorable frog with cricket crown photo for my next post. However, I will gladly swing by your link party. Thanks for the invitation.
This looks like a neat product. The top looks brand new. I’ll be interested in reading about how it holds up over time.
Hi Stacy, I’ll mark my calendar for a couple month from now to come back and give an update. Given that the product is used on exterior surfaces, I am very optimistic…but the proof is in the pudding, as they say.
Have a great weekend.
Wow, loving the new look! It really look like stone and so much more cost effective than granite. I am so happy for you, I bet it makes the chore of doing laundry a tiny bit less tedious. Have a great weekend!
Hi Christine…yup…the green was just a little too…green…and rather a yellow green at that. So…it really needed to get gone. Can’t wait for the whole thing to get done and then I’m sure I’ll be chomping at the bit to do laundry…right?
Thanks for swinging by today,
A theme song for a project! I love it. 🙂
So glad you joined Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Can’t wait to see where you go with all of this. Hope you’ll come back next week.
Hi Stacey, doesn’t everyone need a theme song! Of course the song changes with each situation!
Thanks for swinging by and I’ll see you Thursday.
Lynn – I’m so impressed by your work on this counter top – you really gave it a great makeover and it looks great. I will be pinning it because I think it’s a great DIY tutorial!
Thanks Ilka…I’m really pleased with how the countertop turned out! Assuming it holds up like I expect it will, I would definitely use this product again. I really was quite fun to work with.
Thanks for swinging by today.
Looks great! I’ve wondered about those kits, but never tried. Looking forward to seeing your next project.
Hi Sarah, I actually really enjoyed doing this project…the kit made it so easy. Assuming it holds up like I expect it will, I would definitely do it again. Thanks for swinging by today.
WOW – looks amaaaazing. Slow clap from me.
Hi Tracey, Thanks for swinging by today and for your kind comments. I just left you a message on your most recent post as well…rather a funny coincidence.
That looks great! I never would have thought that it would come out so well.
Hi Ann…I was really pleasantly surprised as well. And it seems to be holding up quite well too. I’m plugging along on he rest of the laundry room too. Thanks for visiting today.
Huh, I’d never heard of a countertop refinishing product like that. You did a great job with it! ?
Thanks Liz…I’m pretty tickled with it. Hoping it holds up…fingers crossed. I’m busy figuring the rest of it out as well…it’s coming along. Thanks for swinging by today. Hugs, Lynn
Perfect song for this project! I never knew there was a product like this let alone have amazing results like yours. Take a bow, it looks awesome!
Hi Sandra…isn’t it a fun song! I actually enjoyed working with the countertop coating…now hoping that it holds up.
Thanks for visiting.
Lynn, this looks amazing. I thought for sure you had new countertops installed. I’m in awe of the product and of the job you did applying it. It looks absolutely natural. I love the new paint job on the cupboards below it and the new hardware. It just looks stunning I can’t wait to see what comes next week, I’m really loving this new laundry room, you aren’t going to want to leave.
Hi Nikki…Hope Pillowpalooza has been a wonderful success! I”m pretty impressed with the way the countertops turned out as well and I’m optimistic that they’ll hold up in the laundry room. In fact, the whole laundry room is coming together, bit by bit. This One Room Challenge is a great way to get a project done!
Thanks for visiting today.
Wow! The counter looks great. I am ordering mine direct from Daich as they answered all my questions about the product. Their website has a full instructional video.
Hi Jack, 1 year in and it’s holding up pretty well. It did get a small chip somewhere along the way but it was easily mended with the materials I had leftover. I did call the Daich folks a couple of times through the process and they were very helpful. Good luck with it!