For the last 10 years, the third bedroom in my home has been serving dual purposes. I’ve been utilizing it as a home office. My husband uses it as a home gym. However, before long, this multipurpose room will need to be repurposed into a nursery. Because I can’t allow my future baby to sleep on a treadmill, my husband and I need the assistance of a remodeling contractor. This type of professional can improve this chaotic space and help turn it back into its intended purpose, a bedroom. If you need to remake one of the rooms in your home, consider hiring a remodeling contractor to complete the work for you. On this blog, you will learn the ways a remodeling contractor can transform a multipurpose room into the space you need.
Laminate countertops are a great option when you want a sleek style, but can't afford marble or granite. They are budget-friendly, but look great and really hold up for a long time. Over time, you might decide you want to go with a different look. Instead of replacing the countertops altogether, laminate gives you the unique opportunity of being able to paint over them. Here are some instructions for painting your laminate countertops to look new.
Prep and Clean
Just like you would with any painting project, painting your laminate countertops begins with the prep work. Begin by cleaning your countertops thoroughly. If you haven't done so already, remove all items from your counters, including toaster ovens, candles, microwaves, and anything else. Start with a scouring pad so you can remove any hidden grease or cooking oil spots. These are often hard to find, and not always removed with basic daily wiping of your countertops. Once you are sure you have removed the grease, go over the countertops again with the scouring pad to remove any debris that has dried onto the countertops. Use an all-purpose cleaner to clean the countertops thoroughly. Remember to get all the edges of the countertops.
Once the countertops are clean, you'll want to sand the countertops. However, before you do this, check for any holes or cracks. If you see holes, you can use a wood filler to fill them in. Wait for the filler to dry, then sand the countertops until they are smooth. The sanding will help the primer and paint to stick to them much better. Once they are sanded, you can begin painting on the primer of your choice. A black primer is good because it allows you flexibility with colors you paint on top, especially if you are going for a dark marble or granite-like appearance. Let the primer dry for the designated time.
Paint the Countertops
The next step of painting the countertops is applying the actual paint. If you are trying to go for a granite or marble appearance, you should use a sponge to apply different mineral colors. You can practice on a piece of paper or cardboard first to get your technique right. Remember to use random patterns throughout the surface of the countertops, using different sponges with different colors on the countertops. However, if you are just painting them a solid color, you can use a paintbrush to coat several layers of paint for the countertops.
Apply a Topcoat
When you are satisfied with the painting and it has been left to dry, apply a topcoat. This not only seals in the paint and design you made with the sponge, but it provides a sealant. It will protect your countertops from spills, scratches, and hard items places on them, such as a microwave or toaster oven. Follow the directions on the topcoat container, making sure it is left to cure for long enough before putting anything on your countertops.
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