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Can I paint counter too?
January 21, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Our counter top for the vanity is only a few years old, I'm just looking to lighten it up. Is there any CHEAP way to do it without replacing it? Like painting it, or something?
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I believe Rustoleum has counter top transformation kits. They range in colors but take a time commitment to complete. Good luck!
January 21, 2013 at 8:10PM     
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I think I might paint the vanity before I painted the counter. You could create some nice contrast with a lighter vanity.
January 21, 2013 at 8:21PM     
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kathleen MK
Ok this is a crazy art teacher cheap trick but it's held up for years with just a few touch ups.
We bought an old 1970's house with chocolate brown cultured marble tub and vanities which clashed with top layer of 1980's pastel wallpaper. i got the epoxy tub paint and " whited out" the tub doing the week long sand, mix ,paint, repeat process. Then i decided appliance spray epoxy would stick on the vanity which didn't need to hold hot water like the tub. I could blend colors using a technique from a British faux finsh book I had read. So I sprayed patches of white and biscuit and light gray and used plastic grocery bags to dab or rag a faux marble texture. More like limestone really and i let the brown show through in places. This temporary fix was just to keep me from going crazy from my color sensitivity only until we could replace the ugly stuff but it's been ten years. Since the colors are mottled I can touch up with any of the colors but I've only had a couple scratches.
looking at your picture, if you lightened the countertop that tile backsplash would stick out. they could be epoxyed too. Or you could tile the counter.
If you have never tried faux finish or sponge painting test techniques on scrap cardboard to get a feel for it.
Hope this makes sense.
January 21, 2013 at 9:01PM     
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Paint the ca
January 21, 2013 at 11:50PM   
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Paint the cabinet white. I don't think you'll ever be happy painting the counter top.
January 21, 2013 at 11:52PM     
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I know all things are relative, but it looks like that is a fairly straight forward run of countertop and may not be that expensive to replace.

Take your measurements and head to HD or Lowes and get a price on a Formica replacement. Or, if you have granite suppliers near you, head to one of them. Many carry prefabed granite tops.

The painting ideas probably won't work long term and you'll have spent a lot of time and a decent amount of $$ to get something that didn't last.
January 21, 2013 at 11:57PM     
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Alternatively, as others have suggested, paint the cabinet white and add white molding around the mirror to frame it. Add some bright white baskets or containers on your vanity top for the items in the corner.
January 22, 2013 at 12:00AM   
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Aja Mazin
kathleen MK,

Would this work on "enamel" or acrylic vanities from the 70's???

by vanity, do you mean sink?
January 22, 2013 at 12:14AM   
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Aja Mazin
Rustoleum counter top transformation kits.take 3 - 5 days and you can not breathe the fumes.

I was staying at Executive Suites and I had to change rooms before the counter in the bathroom was done.

One whiff from my new suite on another floor and I checked out.
January 22, 2013 at 12:22AM   
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Vikrant Sharma Homez
Rustoleum is a easy fix to your needs.
January 22, 2013 at 1:02AM   
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Aja Mazin
If you paint, use Giani.

January 22, 2013 at 2:19AM     
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