Do you have ugly countertops but are on a tight budget? Your solution: paint bathroom countertops!
My first instinct when we bought our fixer-upper was to rip out the yellowing, dated vanity in our guest bathroom and replace it with two pedestal sinks.
But then I realized that I needed to pick my battles where work and money were concerned.
Needless to say, I was ridiculously glad when I discovered Rustoelum countertop coating at Lowe’s! Before I made the purchase, however, I read all the product reviews. What I discovered was that some people loved the product and others hated it. In the end, I decided that painting my ugly bathroom countertop was a project worth trying. Here were my results….
How to Paint Bathroom Countertops
You will need:
- 1 quart Rustoleum Countertop Coating
- 1 smooth roller for ultra-smooth surfaces
- Paint roller tray
- Protective gloves
- 400 fine-grit sandpaper
Step 1: Remove faucets
My faucets were so old and calcified that I tossed them right in the trash and purchased a new faucet. If yours are in good condition, carefully remove and place in a box to avoid getting splattered during the project.
Step 2: Sand countertop surface
Go over the entire surface of your countertop with sandpaper. No need for hard-core sanding here, just enough to scuff the surface so that it holds the paint better.
Next, give the entire surface a good cleaning with warm water and allow to dry. Otherwise, you’ll get fine sand particles in your lovely paint job.
(Blech! Even when the countertop was clean it was ugly!)
Step 3: VENTILATE!
It is imperative that you have good ventilation. CAUTION: THIS PAINT IS STRONG!! Open doors and windows and place a fan in the window facing outside so that the blades can suck the fumes out of the room faster.
Step 4: Dress Properly
Since this is such strong paint, wear a mask, glasses, gloves, long sleeves and pants.
(I always make it a point of looking extra grody whenever I’m painting something):
Step 5: Don’t rush
Take your time with this job. Rushing can lead to paint bubbles. Roll in a slow, steady, continuous line from counter end to counter end without stopping. Otherwise, you will create a smudge.
I will say that the sink was tricky–the paint kept wanting to slide down along the sloped sides.
Some air bubbles are inevitable, but they can be sanded down with fine-grit sandpaper once the paint has fully dried.
Step 6: Dry
Let the countertop dry for an entire week if possible. The manufacturer recommends at least three days, but why take chances? Once all is dry, install your faucet and your done!
TIP: This is a great project to do right before a vacation. Your time away will allow the countertop to dry undisturbed and give you an escape from the fumes.
Overall, I am very pleased with the results, and my new faucet made the vanity look even better! Not once has the paint chipped or nicked and it’s easy to clean.
Clean and Use
I only have three tips when it comes to clean and use of your newly painted countertop:
- Acetone will eat away at this paint. READ: Use your nail polish remover elsewhere!
- If you do happen to spill acetone on the counter, wipe it up immediately!
- Clean surface with a mild cleanser such as Windex or Lysol.
And that’s it! Otherwise, the paint is like enamel and has held up great.
Now…to finish painting the rest of the vanity.
Here’s to work in progress!
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