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This stuff REALLY works!!!
on August 29, 2010
I had gray laminate countertops in my kitchen. There's nothing wrong with them and they're fairly new, so we couldn't justify the cost of tearing them out and replacing them with granite. I found this product online and was skeptical but figured I had nothing to lose. Before my kit arrived, I was so anxious to get started that I watched the how-to video and practiced a few times on black poster board with leftover paint I had lying around the house. I wanted to figure out what worked before I started on my counters. Here's what I learned through trial and error:
-I used a foam roller pad to roll on the primer. A fuzzy pad tends to leave roller marks.
-Instead of the included round sea sponge, I bought a cylindrical sea sponge, poked a hole through the middle, attached it to a mini roller frame, and used it to roll on the mineral paints. I found this gave me more even coverage and a more random pattern, and avoided those round sponge impressions.
-Instead of dipping my sea sponge into the paint, I brushed it onto the sponge sparingly with a paintbrush. Too much paint on the sponge will make it look very fake and is hard to correct once it's on your counter. But it's easy to add more if you need to.
-I took my project a step further and added gold leaf flakes and brown glitter, as real granite often has a sparkle to it. After I had finished painting, I sprinkled the gold flakes sparingly and randomly over the counter while the paint was still wet, then mixed some ultra-fine glitter into the top coat, and rolled it on as directed after the paint had dried. I think it made my countertop look even more like authentic granite.
I think the end result looks amazing, and even up close, it's hard to tell the counters were painted. You definitely need to take your time though, and also be careful not to overwork the mineral paints, or you'll end up with a smeary mess. Practicing a few times first definitely helped me.