Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chalk Paint Countertop

You may have heard that I went a little wild yesterday and painted over my ugly laminate countertop with chalk paint. I know. I'm such a rebel, aren't I? Well, I'm back to tell you that I didn't have any regrets in the morning :) 

The second coat of wax is drying on the countertop as I write this post. It seems pretty well-sealed at the moment, but I'll be sure to let you know how it stands up to real-life use and abuse. 

The rim around the sink area was very difficult to paint. I'm going to replace the faucet, so I'll paint and wax that area better when the old faucet comes out.

Hopefully these photos are more pleasing to the eye now that I've reattached the cabinet doors.

I'm looking forward to picking out some fun new knobs. I'd also like to put a fabric skirt around the end of the countertop so I can hide the dog food underneath it. I'll be looking for suggestions on how to do that from some of you amazing seamstresses. 

I love the new color of the cabinet, and I wish I could be painting the upper cabinets right now. However, we're taking a mini-vacation this weekend and I need to actually use the laundry room for its intended purpose. Piles of dirty clothes are calling out to me!

I'll be back with updated photos and a little tutorial on painting cabinetry next week! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving such sweet comments! You're the best :)

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Wendy said...

check out holly mathis' blog. she did that for her desk, and it looks great!

Blondie's Journal said...

You are a daredevil and I love it!! I like the shade of your cabinets, too. Let us know how it holds up!


helen tilston said...

Stunning and I love it.

We shall all be curious on how it holds up to being used.

Enjoy your break.


Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

So I saw the title of your post and said out loud, "Oh no you didn't!" Which made my husband say, "Huh?, What?"
What a great idea and I can't wait to see how it works out!

Victoria said...

Wow, I've heard that chalk paint covers all surfaces and I guess it really does! It looks fabulous!

Kim said...

oh, you crack me up! I'm so glad you were able to talk yourself into this it's adorable. I usually spend a lot of time talking myself out of projects like this, even when I have a good idea for the end result. Anyway, you've inspired me. I think next week i'll work on some projects i've been putting off!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

I never would have thought to use chalk paint on a countertop. It looks great! I'm interested to hear how it stands up to wear and tear.

The painted cabinets are a beautiful colour :-) I think crystal knobs would look great.

Enjoy your mini vacation!

{I found two books called Unbroken - which one did you read?}

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

looking so good! Can't wait to hear how it holds up :)

Red Door Home said...

It looks great. I would have never thought to use chalk paint on a countertop. I hope you will keep us posted on how it holds up to everyday use.

Karena said...

I am very impressed and it looks great!! I did not even know you could paint countertops! Got to try the Chalk paint!

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Inspire Me Heather said...

Too cool on the painted counters and I just had to link this to my countertops post today - well done!

classic • casual • home said...

It's looking great! The cabinet color is so cheery...nice work space.

Susie Sunshine said...

A couple questions:

What sort of wax finish did you use?

Will you be writing on the chalk counters when done or did you choose that paint for the thickness/coverage/some other factor?

I'm thinking about painting my laminate kitchen countertops and chalk paint is much more appealing to me than the faux granite stuff I've seen. (Also I could write "MY COFFEE" or "MY WINE!!" and a directional arrow in chalk to prevent mixups or have an ongoing shopping list on the backsplash. Functional and fun!)

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Totally excited to see if it holds up! I have 2 bathroom counters that could use a serious makeover! Thanks for sharing and I REALLY hope it holds up!

michelle said...

I love the color of the cabinets and I never thought to paint the counter top! It looks great! I have ugly laminate in my bathroom that could use some freshening up!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, I love it that you did this!! I'll be interested to know how it stands up to kitchen wear and tear...but it looks so great!!!

It would be easy-peasy to sew a curtain for that area - you just need to sew a hemmed large rectangle and choose a way to hang it!

Loving your blog - I've followed you!


Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

wow, very cool! love the cabinet color too and i think a skirt at the end of the counter would be so cute! coming by from Modern Country Style :)

Stuff and Nonsense said...

looks fantastic...i would never know that was chalk paint otherwise!


WhiteWhispers2u said...

I know they make paint that you can paint your counter tops with.Nice to know the chalk paint works too~Cheers Kim

Peaches and Maple said...

That was such an awesome idea...good on you for taking the plunge with the paintbrush!


This turned out so great . . . I didn't know know you could wax laminate. Fantastic. Love the idea, too of using fabric.

I am hopping over from Sarah's big paint party. (Link #34)


Deborah said...

It looks fresh and so pretty!
Love your colours!!

Deborah :)

Amber and Brad said...

Looks great, so fun to update things and make them look pretty!

Would love if it you stopped by and linked up to my weekly Chalk Paint Link Party

Pia @Jello said...

I was wondering about chalk paint on counters- please share as time goes on how they hold up! Everything looks wonderful!!

Jeanette said...

I am thinking of doing this myself. How did it hold up?