We all know replacing kitchen countertops can be expensive. But with the help of real DIYers, see how you can reface your countertop over a few days for a professional look without the professional price tag.
The best first step for a transformation project is to read the instruction pamphlet included in your kit and plan your time. Each step has specific dry times you will need to follow so set up your application time windows accordingly. You may not normally like schedules, but you’ll appreciate a well-planned itinerary in the end.
Make sure your workspace is set up before you jump into your project. Open windows to create a well-ventilated space and lay out drop cloths or old sheets to protect nearby items and surfaces from any drips. Using your painter’s tape and plastic sheets, tape off areas surrounding the countertop where you want your paint lines to stop – such as walls, backsplash and sink.
Using the sanding tool included in the Countertop Transformations Kit, give your surface a good sanding, making sure to properly scuff the surface for best adhesion. Once you’re done, wipe down your counter with a lint-free cloth and remove any dust from sanding.
Bring in the colour with your adhesive base coat. Give your paint a good stir and pour into a disposable paint container. Using your paint brush, apply the Adhesive Base Coat in an even layer along edges, and then switching to your roller, cover your entire counter surface.
Follow this step with application of the Wetting Agent, which will improve the adhesion of the Decorative Colour Chips. It’s important to remember that once you’ve applied the Base Coat and wetting agent, you have about 20 minutes to apply the Colour Chips before the Base Coat dries. No coffee breaks allowed on this job!
Completely cover the entire countertop, back splash and front edge with Decorative Chips using the included dispenser. Once they have been applied, hands off! Do not touch the countertop for a minimum of 12 hours to allow the coated surface to dry completely.
Once the countertop is dry, remove the extra Decorative Chips with the chip scraper provided and smooth with your sanding tool used in previous steps. Wipe down any dust and debris with a lint-free cloth before moving onto the next step.
Finish your countertop off with the two-part Protective Top Coat. Following manufacturer’s directions, pour the contents of the Part A Activator into the Part B Base and thoroughly mix it with a stir stick for at least two minutes. Once it’s mixed well, pour a portion into a clean paint tray.
Apply an event coat to the backsplash, making sure to cover 2.5-5 cm (1-2”) of the flat countertop surface connected to the backsplash.
Next, apply the Protective Top Coat over the flat countertop area. Roll a heavy, even coat from back to front. If necessary, you can touch up any light areas.
Your countertop is ready for light use in 48 hours, and full use after seven days. Now, go take a coffee break.