I Painted My Kitchen Cabinets And Painted The Laminate Countertops! See The Before & After Here!
Does your kitchen need an update? You can paint the cabinets and countertops!
This dingy, dated kitchen gets a mini-makeover with an easy and affordable fix: painting – yes painting – the cabinets and countertops! Read on to see exactly how I did it!
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A few months ago my husband and I got the keys to our new apartment
Well, new to us that is! The apartment is from the mid 1970s and looked like it hadn’t been renovated since maybe 1982. Which was just what we wanted – a diamond in the rough that would allow us to re-envision its rooms with our own style. We entered the new year as giddy first-time home owners, bubbling over with joy and gratitude and excitement. Finally, we were renters no more!! Finally we could rip up the floors and walls and put in everything that we wanted to.
We began the demo and reno immediately, taking on the bathroom, bedrooms, hall and living room. We gutted everything and rebuilt it all, including installing some nice dark walnut floors throughout – and all of it was completed in under a month’s time. Our final task was to take on the kitchen remodel. The kitchen as it looked when we purchased it was very dated, with icky brown cabinets and dingy speckle-brown laminate countertops. Not very chic!
We plan to completely gut this kitchen and put in a brand new one, but not until next year…
We intend to put in an all-new kitchen with floor to ceiling cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and an eat-in breakfast bar…but these big renovation plans will have to wait because did I mention while all this was going on, I was 9 months pregnant?! Yep, sure was! Baby was coming any day and we had to wrap up the dusty renovation zone that was the rest of the apartment and set it up enough to safely move in and bring home the little guy. The full kitchen renovation will begin later in the year, but I could not live with the space as it until then. What with all of it’s 1970s brown on brown glory. Or should I say gory? Something had to be done…
So while we wait to install a new kitchen, I decided to do a ‘mini makeover’ on it in the meantime!
This kitchen mini-makeover is all about working with what we had, while on a budget. Time to spruce up the existing cabinets & counters with paint! But not just any paint, a job like this requires a few special materials. All of which are affordable, and AWESOME!
First I removed the cabinet doors and hardware and gave the wood a good sanding to remove the old brown paint. Then all they needed were a few coats of semi-gloss paint (I used Behr in ‘Nightclub’ for the lower cabinets and white for the top.)
Next for the really fun part – painting the countertops! Make sure you cover your cabinets and floors, and tape off your sink/trim around your wall or backsplash in prep for painting.
Ok, Let’s Paint Those Old Laminate Countertops!
To paint the laminate countertops, I used a Rust-Oleum Counter Top Transformations Kit. There are a few colors to choose from, I chose white, but I love the look of charcoal too. (For a different project a while back, I used Giani Countertop Paint Kit in white with great success too.) I only needed one kit, and I am thrilled with how easy it is to use. It is very high quality and durable! Plus the price is right, as painting the existing countertops is just a fraction of what it would cost to replace them.
Everything you need to do the job is in the box except a roller (size 6″ x 3/8 needed) for the brushes and a small roller tray. Very important: I would also highly recommend you get a proper face mask. I used this one: 3M Paint Project Respirator.
The process for how to paint your laminate countertops is just a few easy steps:
1. First, use the sanding tool that is included in your kit to sand the countertops.
2. Then clean and dry your counters really well, make sure to get any dust off.
3. Now you are ready to paint the base coat. Use the brush (not the roller) to paint along the back edge, and then use the roller to paint the surfaces in smooth straight lines. Let it dry for a few hours and then do a second coat. Once that is on, let it dry again. I let mine dry over night.
4. Once the base coat is dry, use a clean brush to apply the top coat to the edges. Be careful not to use too much in the edges, as if you use too much, it may dry more yellow than clear in the corners! Then use the microfiber roller to apply the top coat to the surfaces. Use lots of the top coat here! Give the countertops lots of time to dry, at least 24 hours before using them. Once they are fully dry, you will shiny solid, scratch free counters like new!
Time to Reveal…
Finally, added some new Modern Cabinet Door Hardware for the cabinets and it’s done. Mini-makeover complete!
I love how the countertops painted with Rust-Oleum Counter Top Transformations have a clean glossy shine to them.
Before + After
I am so happy with how the kitchen mini-makeover turned out. The paint colors really did a lot to help brighten up and modernize the small space, and the new painted countertops are beautifully reflective, durable and easy to clean.
Are you thinking of painting your kitchen cabinets and/or countertops? Let me know how it goes in the comments!
Shop The Room:
|Copper Salt and Pepper Shakers||White Marble Pastry Board||Copper Pineapple|
|Rust-Oleum Counter Top Transformations Kit||Faux Steer Skull Wall Hanging|
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Did you try painting your kitchen cabinets and/or laminate countertops? How did it go?
Let me know in the comments, and feel free to share a link to an image of your finished project, I’d love to check it out!