A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about our plans for our farmhouse kitchen. You can read the post here. We started a 3 phase kitchen renovation project last year and phase 1 is almost completed. We turned 27 flat panel kitchen cabinet doors and drawers into shaker style by using rough cut pine boards.
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This is a before picture of our laminate countertops.I woke up one morning and decided to paint our countertops white thinking that it would be a quick and inexpensive temporary solution. After applying two coats of primer, I was not satisfied with the results. I did not go through with painting them white because my dream kitchen had walnut butcher block, not white countertops. This is how they looked after two coats of primer.I spent countless hours looking for ways to make our laminate countertops look like wood. I tried faux wood grain techniques with different shades of yellow (base coat) and brown (top coat mixed with glaze) on a plywood scrap board.I was pulling my hair out with every try and I started panicking. After I was ready to throw in the towel and paint them white, I came across a product called Stainable Primer. This is a primer that has wood particles in it and is stainable. You can transform ANY hard material into a stainable wood surface. I WAS SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! After a week of headaches, I could finally transform our laminate countertops into wood! The euphoria came and went followed by some serious doubts. Could this really work? I watched videos, looked at the company website and saw pictures of different things that had been transformed with this product but I did not see any kitchen countertops. I had nothing to lose. My husband was nice enough to drive 45 minutes away on Labor Day to buy a quart of stainable primer and I put a first coat on our countertops when he got home. After I applied a second coat of stainable primer, I used a wood graining tool to make a wood grain pattern.This is a close-up picture of our countertops after 2 coats of stainable primer and a wood grain pattern over the second coat.Time to stain! I applied two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut. For the first coat, I just stained and wiped the excess stain like I usually do. I tried the same technique on a small area of our countertops with the second coat but it did not darken the color that much. I was really desperate to get a richer brown so I decided not to wipe the excess stain with the second coat. After one week of drying time and the help of a space heater, the end result is looking pretty sharp. The best part is that our countertops REALLY look like wood! Like any wooden surface, the countertops needed to be sealed. I went with Minwax Polyurethane in a satin finish and I applied a total of three coats. I always prep food on a cutting board so I wasn’t concerned about using polyurethane. The cost for this project was only $76.98. I am beyond happy with the outcome and I can’t wait to add a beadboard backsplash over our ”new” countertops in the next few weeks.I hope you like our countertops as much as I do! I will be back soon with pretty pictures of our kitchen countertops dressed up for Fall.
Greetings from Kingsbury Brook Farm!
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