Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Kitchen Condo Renovations / Re-surfacing Counter tops

On to one of the final renovations in our small kitchen condo, the counter tops.

Lets do a re-cap of what has been done and where you can find each post.
1. Flooring
2. Re-surfacing Cabinets
3. Appliances, Painting, Lighting and More

Today's renovation, has proved to be one of the hardest so far for me. It is not holding up as well as I wanted. With this said, here are the Pros & Cons of the route I took for re-surfacing my counter tops

It looks better then what was there.
It covered all the tiny hundreds of scratches
They offer many colors to choose from
Its affordable
Its easy to apply

It does not allow for heavy use {I'll explain this later}
It nicks easily

With that said, here we go!

First, I used Rust-Oleum Counter top coating, all info can be found here here.
I purchased mine at Home Depot.

It only took one can for my small condo and counter tops, a little went a long way. I had leftovers. I tried using left overs for touch up nicks. Don't do that. The tint {even when mixed}
did not match. I had to go buy a new can for touch ups. 

I used foam rollers, so not to leave a texture and a small roller.
It took three coats.
It smells really bad, so bad I would not recommend using this when any kids/babies are home and make sure to move your pets to another safe location.
I turned on three purifiers to help dull the smell and then after painted I put a fan near it to help dry faster, faster it dries the quicker the small will go away. Do leave all your windows open, I even left my front door wide open. Its bad. DO use a nice mask, not those cheap ones or the fumes will go right through. Filter the fumes right and do yourself a solid with a nice chemical mask made for fumes.
The paint is not like normal paint, it is super tacky and sticky. Not allowing for many mistakes. Just roll one coat and wait till its completely dry {I wait a few hours} and then roll your next coat. I fine tuned spots with a small paint brush. Make sure you tape off areas before you start. Buy some good Frog tape, not the cheap stuff or it will peel the paint.
Let it dry for a few days without any working on the surfaces this is VERY important or it will chip in places!!

Few words of wisdom:
Don't cut on the counter tops with knives, use cutting boards. Or it will scratch and show through.
Don't drag heavy things across the counter top, easier said then done huh?
I love to cook, I do it often and I cook homemade hearty meals. Not sure this way was the option for me. I use my counter tops and am not the easiest on them. Maybe this is partly my fault or the paints? My counters do have nicks and I couldn't tell you how they got there.
It does look better then what I had before, what I had before was just ugly and stained and scratched. All of that is gone and it does look nice. Just doesn't hold up as well as I hopped.

There it is, if your thinking of doing it. The best way to do it is just...DO IT. Dive in and do it.
Be brave.

Supplies & all it took
what I did not picture was the new mask I bought after finding out real fast this one pictured would not work for me. 

see all those scratches? The paint did cover those!


And..Drum roll please.....Final complete kitchen renovation

There you have it, room #1 is finished! I hope this helped you with any decisions, it was totally worth it for me. The best part of all of this? Doing it myself saved thousands of dollars!! I managed to do the entire kitchen under 3,000$.

My next renovation in this condo, was the entry way. This one was fun, I got to be creative. More posts coming soon!


  1. I wish I could gut the entire house and start fresh its from the 70's and hasnt been updated since but we just cant right now with surgery coming up and kids. But I love your counters. Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Tuesday.

    1. Yes that is the way it was here, all Gold accents and old original light fixtures etc.

  2. The kitchen looks great! A few years ago I painted my kitchen counter tops. They held up pretty well for the first year and the 2nd year? well, lets just say I need to do something else now. Husband and kids are just hard on my counter tops. But when you are on a budget, this can be a nice solution, if you are careful. Thank you for sharing your post with us at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted to share :)


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