So, when we moved into our home, we had white formica countertops, with a shiny, hunter green edge. While some people may have really liked this look, it really was not my cup of tea. After much researching online, I ran across this site: http://www.remodelaholic.com/2011/08/painted-formica-countertop/. I LOVED what she had done with her countertops. I thought they looked amazing! The cost was even MORE amazing to me! I was practically giddy with excitement. I did almost exactly what she had done to her countertops. I painted them black, using silver acrylic paint to create the marbled texture, and added superfine black glitter and silver glitter all over it. While they are really pretty, knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t do them in black EVER again. It shows every single little smudge and piece of lint, dirt, food, etc. Having three boys, there are ALWAYS fingerprints and food crumbs, etc. on my countertops, no matter how often I come along and wash them down. I would probably do them in a white and gray marble look if I were to redo them with this technique again.
I did not use the Envirotex, however. I used this product from Lowe’s: http://www.lowes.com/pd_298930-1149-5050110_4294684395__?productId=3366918&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1%26page%3D3&facetInfo=. I do recommend getting the little handheld blow torch, you’ll need it to pop the air bubbles that do come up after you have poured and spread your epoxy. Other than that difference, I think I followed along almost exactly to what she did to her countertops, so if this is something that you decide to try, read over her directions really well. It was pretty easy, but it was VERY messy, and smelly. It wasn’t very time consuming, aside from the drying time. I have a few pictures here of the before and after of my countertops.
You can also see where we added framing around the windows to cover up that ugly metal edging that was originally around our windows. The molding was painted white after we were done with the tiling. Yet another thing we would like to replace, the windows! I would love to get more energy efficient windows put in soon!
We added subway tiles for the backsplash, also. I have also since painted (most) of the kitchen cabinets white and added new hardware. We also replaced that ridiculously shallow sink with a deeper sink. Another great thing about mobile homes… The counters aren’t as deep as stick built homes, so all those great sinks you see in Lowes and Home Depot, etc? We couldn’t buy one of those because it wouldn’t fit into the more narrow countertops. We do plan on ripping out these cabinets and counters and hopefully getting some from ReStore and painting them and adding butcher block countertops with a nice farmhouse sink. See the beautiful hunter green marble looking edge on the countertops? Yuck. We just tiled right over the wallboard. My Dad helped me do the tiling, I had never done it before, it was so fun! I did the wall in the picture below. Hubby cut the tiles that needed cutting, and then I put them up and did the rest.
They really look MUCH better in person, it is hard to get a good picture of them because they are so shiny. The silver doesn’t stand out that much in real life, the camera flash makes it stand out more than it really does. It’s been over a year now, and they have held up pretty well. They do get scratches in them kind of easily, but unless you are right down on them looking for them, you can’t really see them. For the cost of them versus granite, it was well worth it to tide us over until we can afford to completely redo the kitchen exactly the way we want to.