Thank you to Emily from Laundry Girl Jewelry for allowing us to share her blog post on this awesome way to give new life to your countertops! Be sure to check out her gorgeous recycled leather jewelry and follow along on her blog, Laundry Girl Life, for more tips, tricks and life hacks!
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Perfect is Boring: I painted my counters with chalk paint and it's definitely not boring. - Written by Emily Griffith
Yay!! I FINALLY painted my countertops. So my mantra throughout this entire process was “Perfect is Boring”. Repeat after me “Perfect is Boring”. Again. One more time. Say it out loud this time. PERFECT IS BORING. Okay now that you have the right mindset lets dig in.
Here's a quick before and after to get you motivated.
First of all, when I start a project, I like to make sure to do it right before a really stressful time that way I have loads of motivation to finish and I want it to make a BIG IMPACT but I want to spend very little money (‘cause we don’t got a lot).
For me, these dang counters made me cringe every time I was in the kitchen, but we don’t really have it in the budget to buy new, so painting them was my best option. Chalk paint is cheap, doesn’t stink up the house and it dries super fast.
Did you barf a little when you saw that picture? 'Cause I did.
I chose colors and a stencil pattern that would not only look good with the rest of my kitchen but that would also hide any types of chipping that may occur over time. I also did a test on a piece of cardboard to hold up against the wall to make sure I liked the colors. I’ve been using these counters full-on for about 3 weeks and I’ve had ZERO problems. So let's go, let's paint your kitchen counters!!!
STEP 1: CLEAN
Start with a super clean surface. I used TSP - Heavy Duty Cleaner. Follow the instructions on the box.
STEP 2: TAPE
Use painters tape to tape off any areas that you don’t want to be painted (for instance the sink, cooktop, wall...you get the idea).
STEP 3: PRIMER
Apply primer. Zinsser Primer is what we had laying around from another project so that’s what I used.
I’m sure there may be other “better” primers to use for a project like this, but remember “perfect is boring”, money is tiiiight, and also dragging 3 kids to the hardware store is not ideal during a pandemic.
STEP 4: PAINT
After the primer is completely dry, apply 2 coats of your base color of chalk paint. I used Retique It Renaissance Chalk Furniture Paint in Ivory Tower. I also used this chalk paint on our kitchen floor and let me tell ya, this stuff is legit.
STEP 5: STENCIL
Once your base color is completely dry it’s time to start stenciling with your second color of choice. I used the same brand of chalk paint but this time in the color Alabaster.
I used a Royal Design Studio - Tribal Baltik Furniture Stencil. I love Royal Design Studio stencils because they hold up super well, they have clear and easy to follow instructions, and if your stencil starts getting too heavy with paint you can just rinse off the excess, dry with a towel, and you are good to go.
If you notice that your stencil is having a lot of bleed (paint getting outside of the stencil cut out area) you can simply rinse off the stencil (use a washcloth to scrub), dry it off with a towel, and then continue stenciling. I did this 3 times during the stenciling of my counters. I used this Round Stencil Brush for this project which worked really well and gave me a little more control since my stencil had so many little cutouts.
While you are stenciling remember our mantra “Perfect is boring”. Put this on repeat in your head, because guess what, you may not get a perfect stencil every time.
The un-boring part in this picture is hardly noticeable. If you found it.....I don't even care because guess what? PERFECT IS BORING!!!
STEP 6: FINISH
Apply the clear protective finish. I used Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic in Clear Matte. And I applied it with a Mini Foam Roller. I did a total of 3 coats. I did not sand between coats as suggested on the can because I didn’t want this project to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r and I don’t really mind having a slight texture. You literally can’t tell by looking at it at all. But, if you are indeed wanting a super smooth finish, then go ahead, sand between coats.
There you have it. A counter painted with chalk paint that has been holding up so far so good. I mean look how much better our cooktop (original to this 1964 build) looks with these painted counters.
I hope this helps anyone wanting to make a big impact in their kitchen without spending big bucks. Don’t forget PERFECT IS BORING!!!