And if you need one more tutorial, Instructables offers a very detailed concrete countertop tutorial which includes all of the pros and cons involved in the process.
This week, we’re helping homeowner Stephanie Ward makeover her kitchen and we’re going to do it on a shoe-string budget. The countertops are chipping, they’re kind of dingy, and, dark. Danny Lipford: Yeah, I thought you had one of those neat little tilt-outs.
Stephanie Ward: We’ve been here, well a total of 10 years.
Ashley Fleming: And then the last step is the top coat. It’s for people who have never done a lot of house projects. This is the exciting part right here with the minerals. But first we have to get all of these items off of here before we can get this project started. Ashley Fleming: After we paint your counters, you’ll want them cleared off all the time because you’ll like looking at them again Stephanie Ward: Absolutely. Danny Lipford: Allen’s a little late to the party, but he’s here to help with some of the moving.
Ashley Fleming: Just with this roller, you go right over your old countertops. So you’ll see with each step you just go straight up and down with your minerals.
Ashley Fleming: We’ve got the primer, b lack roll-on primer.
First of all, we recently did a countertop and we used a finish that looks just like granite that was very easy to apply, so, maybe we can talk to the folks that do that and see if we can take care of that. Danny Lipford: Also, you know, this kind of out-dates the kitchen. We could maybe upgrade that to, say, polished nickel? Danny Lipford: That’d look pretty good and kind of go along with your sink and so forth. They’ve not only agreed to send us one of their granite finish kits, they’re sending an expert, Ashley Fleming, to help Stephanie apply the finish. The striations and colors will differ each time you use the product, so it’s best to tackle the whole kitchen at once so that you develop a relatively consistent pattern.Be sure to get grease off completely with a scouring pad and rinse well with water (specific instructions are available in the kit or on Giani’s website).Take on too much, and the work can mushroom out of control, busting your budget and your patience.While we can't choose your recipes, we can help focus your renovation on the elements that give the most bang for your buck: the countertop and backsplash.source Again, this option isn’t for everyone but if you are adventurous and on a tight budget this might be the perfect solution for you!