Painted Bathroom Counter Top

Ever since we moved into our 1973 expanded cape cod I have been wanting to replace the bathroom counter top...well to be honest...what I have truly been wanting to do is gut both of our full baths! But as you would have it that is not in the budget, at least not until I can go back to work when the kids are little older.

Anyhow I had seen this counter top paint in good old Wal-Mart for only $20.00 a quart, and I decided why not give it a whirl. My old bathroom counter top couldn't possibly look any worse than it already did!

So here are the before photos of the counter top in our upstairs bath.

Gotta love the speckled laminate.

 Pretty ugly right? And there is no denying that the base cabinet definitely needed to be repainted.

Here are the supplies I used...

...first you need to lightly sand down the top with 120 grit sandpaper. Wipe up the residual dust and tape off the area around the top with regular painter's tape.

Then you open up the paint and give it a REAL good stirring. Just be warned that this stuff has a very strong odor...make sure windows are opened and the area is as well ventilated as possible. (I opened up several of the upstairs windows to create a cross draft.)

Apply using a dense 6 inch foam roller and then you will need a two inch brush to get the areas which can't be reached by the roller. The first pass did not cover the old counter top completely, so I had to do another pass. One problem I ran into was that my first coat was not completely dry before applying the second coat, and my foam roller did start to stick and break up while rolling on the second coat. To fix this I used a little Goof-Off to remove the pieces of foam that stuck to the counter.

This stuff needs 3 days to cure and nothing can be put on top of it during that time. Try to select days to do this when you know you have a string of very dry weather. Finally the old caulking was replaced.

And here is the end result...


I even went so far as to paint the frame of the mirror above the sink.

I purchased a applique and sprayed it silver for the center panel of the base cabinet to add a little style to it.

I am super pleased with the final look here. The black adds great contrast and really grounds the whole space. Definitely a less expensive way to give a new feel to a dated counter top!!!

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  1. Looks great. Love pink, blue and chocolate brown. I reckon that looks fine in the meantime. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK

  2. Barbara: That looks really good. Someone else did their kitchen counter with the product and it turned out very well for them too. I like the black and how you added it to the mirror..Happy Wednesday.Judy

  3. You did a great job! I love the new look!

  4. I like the fact that you were brave and just did it! Very cool, and it looks great! the added touch of painting the mirror frame and the applique...is amazing...great job!

  5. I love the black with the blue...that's one of my favorite color combinations...painting your countertop really updated the look.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  6. Barbara,
    What a great update! I must say I like the color of your tile and the black adds the perfect elegant touch!
    dee dee

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  8. Great job! It looks completely new and very different. I really like the mirror frame painted too. Wanna come down here and paint? :)

    Have a wonderful week! I'm trying to get back to reading and blogging.


  9. only $20? that's definitely in my bathroom budget!

  10. Your counter looks great! We painter our bathroom counter top a while back, too. We used a tan.

    Thanks for linking up to the party!

  11. WOW! That looks really great. Thanks for linking it up!


  12. Wow, great post. That old countertop was almost old enough to be cool again. Well almost. :D Love that you popped this room with black. It still has that trendy retro vibe and that silver embellishment sets it off. Makes me think of a 1950's automobile and I mean that in a good way. I think it is cool. Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful. Love how you keep it real. :D

  13. Looks like a brand new counter! Awesome! Love the shower curtain too :)

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  15. Your counter looks great! We painted our bathroom counter top a while back, too. We used a tan. quartz countertops vancouver

  16. We have granite in our home (installed by http://carolinashomestone.com) and we love it... I wouldn't trade it for anything else.


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