I recently moved back into my home in Central Florida after doing some temporary living in a few cities around the country for my husband’s job. Now that I’m home, there are a few projects I want to tackle, like my ugly grayish countertops.
That’s kind of an expensive and big project to tackle. But then I had a Countertop Epiphany.
I figured out a way to spend less than $8 to make my guest bathroom countertop look amazing.
So here is how I turned my ugly countertop into a faux “granite” countertop in 5 easy steps.
-Granite sticker (I used Duck’s Peel & Stick Granite, which I purchased for less than $8 a roll at Lowes)
-Pin (safety pin or other)
-Paint scraper tool (for smoothing down the sticker)
-Straight edged knife like an Exacto knife
1. Clean and dry your countertop. I used a Clorox wipe, then, in case there was residue left on the counter, I wiped it down with a wet paper towel before drying.
2. Roughly measure out the amount of sticker you will need. It has a little give, so don’t worry about being too specific. I gave myself an extra inch, just in case, and later on you will cut away the excess.
3. Cut out a rough area for the sink. Again, don’t worry about being specific. You’ll cut a little as you go, and since there’s a little stretch in the sticker, a rough cut works perfectly.
4. Slowly peel off a small part of the backing and begin to stick the sticky part where it goes on your sink. Use the paint scraper to smooth down the edges. Peel back up if you end up with wrinkles and bubbles, getting the sticker down as smoothly as possible. As you go around the sink, cut off excess so that you can smooth down the sticker as close to the edges of the sink as possible.
5. Cut off excess around the edges and sink using the Exacto knife.
And that’s it! 5 Easy Steps to change your countertop and update your bathroom/kitchen counters!
-Be patient. This takes a while to get it perfect. I completed this project in something like 2 hours, but I did take breaks when I got anxious about the precision.
-Bubbles? Use the pin to pop the bubble and then smooth it over using the paint scraper tool.
-Wrinkles? They’re the devil. . . basically try to prevent them at all costs. If you catch them early you can lift up the sticker and fix them.
So what do you think? Is this an option you might want to try for your countertops?