I have disliked the color of our countertops ever since we moved in the house. The color is hunter green. It's not a terrible color, it's just that I like to decorate light and bright, and this wasn't helping me.
|You can read about Rustoleum Countertop Paint here.|
We bought ours at Home Depot. You can get it at Lowes too. You can only have it tinted to certain colors listed on the top of the box, but they have a fair amount to choose from, and most of the colors are neutral.
We decided to go with Cobblestone. I liked it because it had gray and tan tones to it, so I knew it should go with our wall color which is "Washed Khaki" by Behr. Before you begin, here are the materials you will need.
This paint has TERRIBLE fumes. DO NOT use if you are pregnant. Or if you have a baby in the house. Or if you are a person. Ok, just kidding, but the fumes are terrible. The fumes are not like your average paint fumes. These fumes have a very toxic smell. It will linger in the house for at least a week, so if you are having company over before then, you may want to wait. My husband and I had to actually go stay with my parents for a few days afterward. We just couldn't handle it. Or maybe we couldn't be around the fumes because....
Before I just started slapping on the paint, we taped off the countertops first, being sure to tape around the sink. This is a very important step and one you have to do carefully. It actually only took us 5 minutes to do.
After doing this, I was ready to get to work, but instead of just diving in, I decided to do a test section. My test section is actually taken up completely by our massive microwave, so if it looked bad it would be alright. I mainly just wanted to get a feel for how to paint with the product.
|Ignore the trash, please. :)|
Ah, you're quick. No, I hadn't taped off yet, but I did! Then I carefully rolled my roller in the paint tray and got to work. I worked quickly, and I kept the roller going in the same direction. I didn't go left to right and then top to bottom. I stayed left to right. I also used the roller on the back lip, but not on the very tip top. I used the foam brush for that. I also used the foam brush to do the sides of the countertop. After the first coat, it looked like this.
No, I didn't panic. I knew it would take more than one coat for the lighter cobblestone to cover the darker green. So I let this dry for one hour, and then I added a second coat. Remember, it is better to do several very thin coats than one thick coat. You want a smooth, even, and thin finish.
|2 coats of cobblestone|
So by this point, I bet you notice 2 things.
1) There is a spot on the countertop that is not covering. We were puzzled by that too. The spot felt really smooth. We think since the microwave had been there, that must be where it gets really hot. It just didn't hold the paint.
2)The second thing you might notice, is that the countertop color is now very close to the wall color. The color did not turn out the color it was supposed to according to the box.
We were disappointed, but I was determined we would get our money back and choose a different color. So the next day, we drove to Home Depot (with pictures in our cell phones!) to show them what had happened. They were completely cool and gave us our money back, and we bought a new color to try. Afterall, there was no turning back now. So we decided to give "Taupe" a try. It was still a neutral just slightly darker. We knew there was no way it would match the wall color.
You can kind of see the pink tint in the second picture. Here is a comparison of the countertop with the color on the box. Not even close.
Well......not so much. No canvas here. But banana yellow? Why yes, of course. After 2 coats of canvas to cover up the taupe, here's what we had.
|You can still see the pink taupe color in the background! Oh, and is that a painted piece of furniture in the garage? I believe it is!|
Now here's the kicker. After trying all of these colors, we decided......to go back with the Cobblestone! I know, I know, all that work to just go back to the original color. But if we hadn't tried all these colors, then you would not have known what they looked like. Right? See, it's all for the good of blogging. :) After 2 coats of Cobblestone, here is the final color!
|Look! That spot that wouldn't cover is gone! I guess it should be gone after several coats of paint.|
I love the color! We still have the Frog Tape on and all that, so look for Part Two to see how it looks without the tape and with all the small appliances and goodies back on the countertop. I will also let you know how the paint is holding up. Thank you to those who eagerly waited for this post!