I’ve been working slowly but steadily on my studio bathroom, and I finally got the faucet and sink hooked up. And while this should be progress to celebrate, I have to admit that I’m just frustrated right now, and the source of my frustration is my countertop.
This countertop is one that I made myself out of two layers of MDF and white tinted resin. Initially, I used ArtResin brand resin and used latex paint to tint it white. I was so happy with how it turned out. The white was so bright and clean…
If you missed that project, you can find the details here…
In hindsight, I wish I had just left it at that. It was just fine as it was, and ArtResin is one of the least yellowing resins on the market.
But then I convinced myself that because ArtResin is formulated for art and not for countertops, that I needed to do a second coat with a resin that’s actually formulated for countertops. So after doing some comparison shopping online, I decided to go with Stone Coat Countertops resin. They emphasize that their resin can’t be tinted with latex paint, so you have to purchase their special tint. I used the white tint, which is a very bright white, and it turned out great when it was finished.
Well, that was a month-and-a-half ago. And for the majority of the last month-and-a-half, this bathroom has been behind a closed door, with the light off. And even though it does have a window, it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
So imagine my disappointment when I noticed that after this short time, I no longer have a bright white countertop. I have a dingy looking antique white countertop.
It’s not terribly noticeable when standing in the back entrance and looking at the countertop, but once you’re in the room, it’s very noticeable. Here’s a comparison of the white tint that I used to tint the resin and the color of the countertop now.
I mean, that’s quite a difference. And maybe I wouldn’t be so disappointed if I didn’t have yellow backsplash tiles. But the light yellow tint of the countertop next to the yellow backsplash tiles just looks so….disappointing.
I’m incredibly frustrated by this. I want so badly to redo the countertop, and I’m still not sure that I won’t redo it. But if I do redo it, then it’ll take another 30 days to cure, and will hold up the progress of the bathroom.
So all of that to say that I’ll never be using Stone Coat Countertops resin again.
And this, my friends, is why I almost never do sponsored posts. I want to feel completely free to give my 100% honest opinion of the products I try and the products I recommend. If I recommend a product, you can guarantee that it’s my honest opinion and no one has paid me to say it. And if I have a bad experience with a product, you can rest assured that I’ll tell you about it. 🙂
So now I’m not quite sure what to do. I want so badly to move on and get this bathroom finished. If I just push forward, I feel like I could get it finished with just a few days of really concentrated effort and no distractions. But is it worth doing that if I’m going to regret this countertop every time I look at it?
What would you do in this situation? Redo the countertop and delay the completion of the room? Or press forward with a dingy yellowed countertop knowing the room could be finished in a few days, but also knowing that you’re going to be looking at a countertop that isn’t quite right every day from here on out?
UPDATE: I’m currently sitting at the design store placing my order for a quartz countertop for the bathroom (they had some Snow White remnants that will work) AND a piece of 5’ x 12’ Frosty White Wilsonart laminate for my workroom tables. I’m excited about this decision. 🙂
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.