This post was submitted by Erica Pounder from Lil Farm Big City – a member of our Home and DIY Facebook group. She is sharing an on-budget yet effective way to paint kitchen countertops to achieve the faux marble effect. Keep scrolling to read her full tutorial
How to paint kitchen Countertops
I purchased all of the paints from Walmart. I would suggest going to a local hardware store or a store that has granite samples and picking the one you like so that you can use it to get your samples.
I did get the three larger paints as chalk paint but I don’t think it’s relevant, they were just the only ones that were close to the colors that I wanted. The Envirotex lite can be purchased at a craft store or online. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby using a 40% coupon. For the rest of my countertops, I will probably order it on amazon so that I can get bigger boxes.
1. PREP YOUR AREA!!
This is a MESSY project so you want to make sure you REALLY prep your areas. I put a craft paper roll on the floor and then painter’s plastic around the cabinets.
2. I looked at a ton of blogs and they all used sponges to apply their paint but I didn’t like the uniformity of it so I used a plastic bag to apply my paint and I used the same bag for each color.
I started with the dark brown, then grey, cream, and the two metallic paints.
I put 5 or 6 layers down of each color. I would let each color be almost dry before starting the next so that some colors could blend together.
My biggest tip I would give for this step is to change the way you hold the bag every so often so that you don’t get a uniform look.
3. Apply the Envirotex layer. Follow the directions EXACTLY like they are on the box.
One thing I learned from this step is that you should always, ALWAYS plan on pouring more than needed. I skimped my first time and it wasn’t even close to being enough and it left an uneven surface.
I would also suggest pouring as close to the edge as possible so that a lot is dripping off the edges to create a smooth coat on the edge and side of your countertop.
If you pour enough you don’t have to try to smooth it out because it will self-level. I would DEFINITELY suggest over pouring so that you don’t have to try to level because this will result in needing to put several layers on when you could do it just once. If you do have uneven sections or bubbles, it says you can breathe or use a lighter on the bubbles but I found using a small blow torch worked the best. It helped smooth out the countertop and it removed all the excess mess.
4. Let it completely dry for at least 4-6 hours before you even try to touch it and I would only touch it in an easily concealed section. If it’s dry to the touch you can remove all the protective layers you put down but still do not touch it for at least 3 days so that it can completely cure. I waited 5 days before I put anything on it or washed them.
PLEASE NOTE: It’s a very time-consuming project that requires a lot of specifics especially with the Envirotex layer. I have a video that I am posting on my blog that will go into A LOT MORE detail so that you can really see all of the steps and hopefully it will answer some of your questions. Visit my blog and look for the tutorial under tips and tricks!
If you have any questions about anything, please leave me a comment below.
OR IF YOU’RE UNSURE HOW TO USE CHALK PAINT THIS TUTORIAL WILL HELP!