Repurposing the Multipurpose Room
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Repurposing the Multipurpose Room

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.

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How to Paint Laminate Countertops

Joel Nguyen

Laminate countertops are a common affordable countertop option that hold up well in both kitchen and bathroom environments. Unlike natural stone countertops, laminate can actually be painted, which allows you to change and customize the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom quickly and at a lower cost than having the entire countertop replaced.

What You'll Need

Before you begin, you should gather all of the tools and materials that you'll use during the painting process. You'll need a drop cloth, painter's tape, fine sandpaper (150 grit or finer), primer, paint rollers, soap, a sponge, interior acrylic paint, laminate sealant (sometimes called resin) and paint rollers or paintbrushes. It's also recommended that you have a few rags handy, and make use of protective gloves and a face mask for cleanliness and safety. Ensure that you are painting in a well ventilated area to avoid inhaling the paint fumes. All of these items can be found at most hardware stores if you don't already have them at home.

Painting Laminate Countertops

The first thing that you should do is prepare the room. This means using drop cloths to cover any cabinets and floors which are exposed, and hold them in place with the painter's tape. Furthermore, use the painter's tape to protect the edges where your countertop comes into contact with the walls.

Then, use soap and warm water with the sponge to clean off the countertops. Once the countertop is clean, you'll want to go over it with the fine sandpaper (you can use a belt-sander if you have one, but doing the job by hand is more than adequate).

Use a wet rag to remove any dust from the countertop. Then, use the paint roller or brush to apply a thin layer of primer on the surface of the countertop.

Leave the primer to dry: times vary based on manufacturer, so check the can. Once the primer has dried, you can apply a second coat.

Once the second coat of primer has dried, you can apply it using the paint rollers or brushes in much the same way as the primer: two thin layers, ensuring enough time for the first layer to dry before laying down the second one.

After the layers of paint have dried, you can apply the laminate sealant with the paint roller as well. You'll only need a single layer, as the sealant is much thicker than paint or primer and will thus require more time to dry. Once the sealant has successfully hardened, you can continue to use your countertops normally.

For more information about this and other kitchen remodeling projects, contact local contractors. 


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