I’ve had a mostly hate relationship with my laminate kitchen counters since we moved here 4 years ago. The cupboards I painted almost right away, but the counters stayed. I couldn’t justify replacing them with a stone surface when the cupboards themselves will need replacing in the near-ish future.
And I did consider new laminate – but, as it’s not what I really want, it would be an unjustifiable expense. Especially when there are more pressing bathroom renos on the agenda.
So, what to do?
The answer turned out to be paint.
And not the “counter-top” specialty paint variety, either. No, I went chalkboard. Rustoleum $22-a-can-chalkboard paint.
After all, I reasoned, chalkboards take a lot of abuse, and I use a plastic cutting board for all food contact on my countertops anyway, so cut marks and food-safety weren’t a concern.
But first, the before gallery:
The above photos only hint at the tired state these counters were in, with water damage at the seams and a busy pattern that made browns too prominent in the room.
The job itself was dead easy. The worst was the prep: scraping all of the old silicone caulking away from the back edges and around the sink. Oh, and taping off the edges with painter’s tape. Not hard. After that, a quick once over with sandpaper, a wipe-down, and the painting began.
First coat was an old tinted primer we had kicking around, then the next morning I rolled on the first of three coats of chalkboard paint with a small smooth foam roller.
Minimal drying time, minimal odour, minimal cost and maximum effect.
One thing to keep in mind about black is that it shows every speck and crumb, but that’s ok – keeping a counter clean is something I try to stay on top of anyway. An upside is that the flat black surface hides the seam imperfections.
I chose not to seal the surface with an acrylic coating, since it would complicate any touch-ups should they be required down the road. I’ll keep you posted about the durability over time.
We were careful for the first week about not leaving standing water on the surface, and not dragging items around while the paint cures. So far, so good.
This quick, easy and inexpensive fix has created a more serene environment overall. So while marble may feature in my someday-dream-kitchen, I am more at peace with my current kitchen.