It seems that this week was more about planning than actually working on projects for me (especially after my DIY fail on Monday), and one thing that I’m trying to figure out is how to DIY some inexpensive but awesome kitchen countertops for my budget makeover.
Of course, in the big box home improvement stores, you can find Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations. I’ve heard amazing things about this product, but I haven’t tried it out yet. Here’s a countertop makeover using the Rust-Oleum product from Woven By Words.
And then a few months ago, my mom sent me a link to a similar product from Daich Coatings called Spreadstone. From the pictures I’ve seen, I think I prefer this one a bit more over the Rust-Oleum product. It’s made from real stone, and has a more authentic stone appearance in my humble opinion.
And if you’re a granite person (which I’m not), there’s Giani Granite Paint, which creates one of the most authentic granite looks I’ve ever seen. Here’s a countertop painted with the Giani granite paint from Red Hen Home.
Those are all great options for DIYers, but honestly, none of them made me excited about tackling my kitchen countertops. They’re just not quite what I’m looking for.
After seeing my inspiration kitchen yesterday, it probably won’t surprise you that my first idea for my own kitchen was to research “DIY copper countertops” and “DIY brass countertops.” I knew it was a long shot, but you never know if you don’t try, right?
I came across this wonderful tutorial on Lilliedale on how to do your own copper countertops.
To reduce the costs, they actually used 16 oz. roofing copper materials. The countertop is stunning, but I think the results (as well as the price and the effort involved) are more worthy of a final kitchen remodel than an interim budget makeover. So I ruled that out as an option.
Wood, stained with just the right color, can can add warmth to a kitchen much like that gorgeous copper color, and I know I can purchase some pretty inexpensive butcherblock at IKEA and install them myself, because I did it in the condo kitchen.
Or I could DIY something similar to butcherblock, since I now have a seemingly endless supply of free 1″ x 4″ lumber. (The lumber that all of the polystyrene tiles in the house are nailed to on the ceiling.)
But I’ve had wood kitchen countertops for the last few years (as well as wood countertops in this bathroom and this bathroom), and since this interim kitchen is my chance to really have some fun and take a few chances, I don’t really want to rehash ideas that I’ve already done.
One thing that I’ve wanted to try for quite some time is making my own concrete countertops. I actually came across this company a few months back that sells different edge profiles for pour-in-place concrete countertops. So you build the form (which looks easy using their products), attach the edge profiles you want, pour the concrete countertops in place right on top of your cabinets, and then snap the plastic edge profile away to reveal a beautiful edge.
(By the way, if you decide to pour your own concrete countertops, be sure to look up a person named Buddy Rhodes on YouTube. He’s evidently a leading expert, and I found his videos very helpful.)
But that might also be a final kitchen remodel option. I’ll admit, for my interim kitchen, I’m looking for something a bit easier. (Perhaps I’m still feeling lazy after the whirlwind two weeks of projects when my father-in-law was here.)
So that leads me to a concrete top coat called Ardex Feather Finish, that you can use right over existing laminate countertops. Have you heard of this stuff by now? I first heard of it on Kara Paslay’s blog.
I really like the idea of this product, but I don’t think that the gray color would play nicely with the green that I have planned for my cabinets. I think it would make things start looking a bit dreary.
But I’ve learned that the company that makes Feather Finish now makes it in white! Here’s a concrete waterfall countertop that almost looks like marble that Kara did using a base coat of gray followed by the white.
I think that looks amazing! So as if this moment, I think this is the direction I’m heading. Can you envision those beautiful marbly white countertops with dark green cabinets and brass accents? Ahhhh…I very well may want to carry my interim design over to my final kitchen remodel.
What other inexpensive kitchen countertop options have you tried or seen?