I am always amazed by how much paint can completely transform a space. Our kitchen really needed a refresh since we won’t be renovating it for a few more years...and I just couldn’t stand the blue countertops and bluish-grey cupboards anymore! Paint is a great way to make simple but impactful updates without spending a ton of money - so I basically painted every square inch of my kitchen!
I started by painting the cupboards white, then painted the countertops black and then I added a blue accent wall (that I can’t wait to style). We also spray painted the hardware black to better match the new countertop colour. The next phase will be painting the floor with a tile stencil, which I think will really tie everything together. Swipe for some before and afters!
I’ve had lots of questions about painting the countertops so I’ll list a few pointers here, but let me know if I miss anything or if you have more questions! I also saved my process in my story highlights under “kitchen refresh”.
How to paint countertops:
1. Clean your canvas! I started by wiping down the entire countertop using TSP, then wiped it down with a damp cloth.
2. Invest in a good primer so the paint binds to your counters properly. I used INSL-X Waterborne Bonding Primer and applied two coats. I allowed it to dry for 12 hours before I applied my tinted paint.
3. Use a semi-gloss or high gloss paint. The higher the shine, the more durable it will be against scratches and wear. I used a semi-gloss latex paint tinted in black.
4. Apply a top coat using a clear sealant to provide extra protection and durability. I applied three coats of a water-based, clear finish Varathane in semi-gloss.
5. Allow the counters time to set and harden. We are trying not to place anything on the countertops for at least a week. It’s hard when you have three little mouths to feed, but we’re getting by, and I know it will be worth it in the long run!