I have to thank Michelle for letting me guest post on her blog! I’ve enjoyed being a reader for a while, and I feel so lucky to have a spot to share this great project with some new people.When my son was two weeks old, my husband and I decided that having a newborn just wasn’t challenging enough. So we bought a 1960s ranch-style home that needed a complete overhaul: it had sea foam green shag carpeting, the walls had been sponge-painted in pink and purple, and the paint on the outside was nearly non-existent. I quickly realized we were crazy to think we could take on a project of that size.But little by little, we made progress. Until one day, we stopped. The only room that hadn’t been renovated was the sad, dark, dingy laundry room. And it stayed that way for about nine months. Then, a couple weeks ago when I decided I’d had enough. I wanted a pretty laundry room.Now, there was always one thing that bothered me more than everything else in this room. It was this horrible sink:
Stained, neglected, beat up. But it also wasn’t in the budget to get a new counter top.So one day, I was walking through the home improvement store, wallowing in self-pity for the fact that I’d have to live with my ugly sink. Then I saw this:
“Hmmm,” I thought to myself, “It doesn’t say you can use it on counter tops, but it also doesn’t say not to use it on counter tops.” So it was settled. I decided to make my own stainless steel counter tops. And I’m going to share with you how I did it.First, I cleaned the counter and sink. Normally, I hate cleaning, but I figured this was for a good cause, so I scrubbed away with some steel wool. I wasn’t concerned about scratching the counter top…for obvious reasons.Next, I painted on a primer. I used Kilz brand latex primer, and I gave it three coats just for good measure (and to be sure I couldn’t see any more of those lovely gold flecks that used to grace my counter top with their presence).
Then came the good part: putting on the actual stainless steel paint. I used a foam roller that was designed to give the surface a smooth finish, and a regular old brush for the skinny parts. I did two coats of the stainless steel paint. I should mention that if you want to clean your paintbrushes or rollers, you have to have mineral spirits. That was far too much work for me, so I used a junky paintbrush and an old roller, and then just threw them away.When it was dry, I liked how it looked, but the can said if I wanted it to be shinier, I should use a clear coat finish. I love shiny things, so I figured what the heck.
At this point, I decided to go ahead and tape newspaper to the walls and cover up the washing machine to protect it all from the clear coat spray. This is probably something I should have done at the beginning, but I’m more of a jump-in-and-go kind of gal. I usually pay for it in the end (like I did this time by having to do all this prep work at almost the end of the project).
I sprayed the clear coat on. Then sprayed it again. And again. I used the stuff very liberally. Did I mention I wanted it shiny?And voila! That was that. I tore off all the tape and paper and was left with this beauty.
What do you think? It doesn’t look quite like stainless steel, but it’s so much better than what I had before.
The total cost of this project was under $30, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Here’s a breakdown:Primer, 1 quart – $8Stainless steel paint, 1 quart – $13 (on sale, normally $24)Clear coat, 1 can – $4Roller, brush, painter’s tape, and plastic – $0 (we had on-hand from other projects)As for how it will wear…we’ll just have to see. I don’t expect it to be permanent, but if it lasts a couple years until we are ready to buy a new counter, I’ll be happy. I wouldn’t recommend doing this on a counter you use to prepare food, unless you plan on using a food save lacquer or something to coat it at the end. But don’t take my word for it; I’m definitely not an expert.You want to see the rest of the remodel? (Trust me, you do!) Then you’ll have to come on over and visit my blog, The Spaghetti Westerner to get all the details.