Firstly, I removed the wood backsplash and washed down the countertops so they were very clean. Then I simply used a small sponge roller and painted on a white primer which I made gray by mixing in black paint. Then the hard part came. I covered the cabinets and everything in sight courtesy of the Chicago Tribune! I then had the brainiac idea that I would use stone texture spray paint! NEGATORY! It was awful. It worked for others but not for me. So I had to sand that off and begin again. I simply bought a quart of rustoleum flat black paint and it was wonderful. But I still wanted some bling! So I purchased a can of metallic silver paint and a sea sponge and simply had some fun. I sponged on the silver and then sponged on the black over it and repeated this process until I had a granite look with a little bit of pop! Then, I took the Martha Stewart black glitter and sprinkled it everywhere while the paint was still a little tacky. How awesome did this look – I was really getting excited that this just might work! Fingers crossed!
Gray primer just rolled on.
Spray painting in the kitchen… BAD IDEA!
Just sponging on silver metallic paint – its almost impossible to mess up!
Then came the step which had me a little nervous. The final poly coat. I researched this quite extensively to make sure these chemicals could be around food and anything breathing. I am very conscious about my chemicals and such due to my cancers. Everything I read about Envirotek was wonderful. No problems and no risks. So I bought a few boxes at HOBBY LOBBY with my 40% off coupon and was ready to go!
Envirotek and Martha Stewart Black Onyx Glitter – it’s like sugar dust!
I put plastic over the cabinets and cardboard on the floor. I mixed the two bottles and poured it on. Use disposable buckets and sponge brushes – you will throw everything away – even your clothes because it is so sticky. It was actually kinda fun to move it around and then simply let it dry. I had my blowtorch ready to burst the little bubbles that can form and I only had to use it on a few. It was gorgeous and I knew it was still wet but I had no idea it look almost the same when completely dry and hard as a rock! I could not imagine so little effort and money could make SUCH a difference! I WISH I had thousands for real granite but I don’t! So this totally works for me! I love it and I still have to do my backsplashes but I know it can only get better!
Always cover cabinets – especially WHITE cabinets!
Finally finished at 3 o’clock in the morning. Takes about 24 hours to dry and about 3 days to completely set.
Here are two more sets of BEFORE n AFTER pictures. This is the smaller counter which is the one with which I started because I thought it would be easier to experiment on being contained. (Actually, this area is not readily seen, so if it was a train wreck, it wouldn’t have been AS noticeable!)
I know there are two missing handles – I am still working on the hardware although I like these a lot!
I switched out the faucet and hardware for bright chrome and painted the wood trim to match the cabinet.
Try it! Do it! You won’t regret it! And you will be so proud of yourself when it turns out spectacular and people think it is real granite! That is the best part! It is like anything and needs to be cared for. You cannot put hot pots on it and it can scratch but you simply have to use cutting boards and trivets like you would with real granite to protect it from stains, etc. If the scratches are deep you can always cover them with another coat. Good luck!