DIY Thrifty Painted Countertops: Bathroom Update Part II


Happy Monday, Friends! I've been on a mission to refresh my outdated bathroom--no more hunter green! Last week, I showed you how to paint and stencil vinyl floors. Today I'm sharing the next segment of my bathroom update: an easy and thrifty way to paint countertops...


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When I shared the details about my painted and stenciled bathroom floor, I forgot to mention that I started the bathroom update with a fresh coat of white paint on the walls. Like my bedroom, they were previously cream colored. So here's the before shot of the countertop in all of its hunter green glory. No doubt you've probably seen painted counters on Pinterest. You may also remember that just about three years ago, I tried a special paint made for counters on a small counter in my laundry room. I wasn't impressed. First, it was difficult to work with, and the odor was dangerously strong. Despite the fact that I very closely followed instructions and the recommended drying time {72 hours} before placing anything on them, within a few weeks I noticed some small chips in the paint, on a counter that doesn't get daily use. Also, it was not thrifty. About the only thing I liked about the product was the color, which interestingly is very close to what I decided to use this time...


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...porch paint! I figure if it's durable enough to walk on, it should be fine on the counters. Plus, I still had enough of the $9 oops gray paint and the primer leftover from the floor project. 


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In fact, I pretty much repeated the same steps I used with the floor. I used a roller to apply two coats of primer and two coats of porch paint, allowing a few hours drying time in between. Unlike the other product, the porch paint is practically odorless and dries quickly. 


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This time I did add a protective finish: Minwax Polycrylic clear satin. I applied it with a sponge applicator to avoid brush marks. I used this on my dining table, and it's been really durable.  {I've added a link for it at the bottom of the post.}


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The transformative power of paint never ceases to amaze me!


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I'm really loving the new look! Stay tuned, next week I have one more DIY project to share before I post the complete updated bathroom reveal in a few weeks!


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11 comments:

  1. Looks great and I bet your bathroom looks bigger. I like the color, too.

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  2. Interesting! I look forward to finding out how durable it is.

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  3. Hey, Cecilia! I'm woefully behind so I'm off to catch up. Love the countertop! Woohoo to getting rid of the hunter green...it was pretty in its day but time for a fresh new look. Excited to hear about porch paint used this way. Looking forward to how well it stands up (I'm with you - it should work great)!

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  4. I would love to do that on the horrid mauve pink countertops in our bathroom - truly awful color, but too expensive to replace. Unfortunately, the sinks are molded in, and I am told that the paint won't hold up to daily use or hard cleaning in the sinks. Boy I wish I could!! Be sure to update it from time to time, and tell how you clean the new surface.

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  5. Well, I covet the milk glass on the counter! Never seen that piece before. The gray/white/pink combo is really nice! Gray will let you use a variety of colors in your bathroom, too!

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  6. You are way braver than I am! I painted my bathroom floor once about 20 years ago and well, I will spare you the train wreck details! Looking forward to your finished room!

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  7. I have often wondered about this. It looks amazing! I can't wait to see the full reveal!

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  8. You are a gutsy lady. I would never have the courage to do this. It looks great and I hope you will be very happy with the new look. You go, girl! Keep up the great work!

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  9. Looks great! I am planning to paint my kitchen counter tops in August!

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  10. Wow, you know I love gray so this is great:) Seriously, what a fabulous idea. And now you like your counters! On a side note, our master bath has a hunter green spa tub, shower and toilet. We almost painted them when we were trying to sell the house. I still might. Sometimes there's nothing wrong with beige:) xo Kathleen

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  11. I'm assuming you used the paint for the sink as well, is that right? How long before you could use the sink?

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