My friend has a cute beach house that she has been updating on a tight budget. So replacing countertops wasn’t something she could do right now. That’s when I knew we could transform them with paint for a lot less than replacing them.
Here is the before picture. She didn’t have any damage as you can see, but they didn’t have much character. A little boring.
I started by cleaning the countertops with a mix of Denatured alcohol and water. Let dry.
Make sure you tape carefully anything you don’t want paint on. I used blue painter’s tape for the sink and yellow delicate surface tape for the walls. I didn’t want to have to paint them next.
This primer is the true secret for adhesion! Retique It made it so you don’t have to sand even glossy items before painting. The only issue is that it sticks to your bristles of your brush just as good. So washing it out doesn’t work. Use an old brush or cheap chip brush that you can just throw away afterwards.
When applying Retique It primer..you don’t have to be perfect. A thin coat is all you need. Just make sure not to miss any spots.
Paint your base coat. I wanted a light look, but you can use any paint color combinations you want. I used one coat of Retique It Snow. It’s a bright clean white.
Here comes the fun part! I chose 4 other paint colors to stamp with natural sponges. You don’t need much paint. I ripped my natural sponge into smaller pieces and wet them squeezing out the excess water. Then poured a small amount of paint onto a little tray. (Recycled meat tray from the grocery store)
I used Retique It Gothic Gray for my first color. Randomly stamp the painted countertops. Move your sponge around to get different patterns.
Next I used Celadonite. It’s a beautiful Duck egg blue color.
Randomly stamp the countertops with your second color. It’s ok it it overlaps. Don’t forget your edges also.