Painting Kitchen Countertops to Look Like Granite

Painting Kitchen Countertops to Look Like Granite


the first step to painting countertops
is thoroughly cleaning them so that the paint can adhere properly. using a
scouring pad is a good idea to ensure that the surface is perfectly clean. next
mask off anything you don’t want painted with painters tape before you begin
applying the bonding primer. for faux granite painting kits, the primer is
usually black and the best application tools are a simple foam brush and a
narrow foam roller. depending on the manufacturer’s instructions the primer
will need to dry for several hours before you continue. at that point you
can begin applying the various colors that will create the illusion of granite.
these are applied with a natural sponge in a random pattern over the countertop
surface. most kits will direct you to apply them in a specific order to
achieve a specific look. the key is to keep it random. you can aid this by
occasionally rotating the sponge as you apply the paint. as the counter starts
taking shape you may want to add some diagonal lines of the darker colors to
create the illusion of veins that are in natural granite or even use a little of
the black primer on an artist brush to create smaller veins. finally soften any
hard lines with the sponge before leaving it to dry. once dry you can apply
the first coat of sealer, do this carefully so that you don’t leave any
lap lines with the roller. the sealer has a glossy finish so lap lines and bubbles
will be very obvious. once it’s dry the last step is a second coat of sealer and
then you have a beautiful countertop.

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