If a full-blown kitchen or bathroom remodel just isnt in your budget, you can still get a modern, updated look for your countertops. Countertop paint is one of the newest and most cost-effective ways to quickly and dramatically change the look of the countertops in your kitchen or bath. You can restore and renew the look of your outdated laminate countertops, in a variety of colors and finishes, including granite. If youve always thought that a countertop remodel was out of reach, think again and try starting your transformation this weekend. Countertop paint can definitely be a do-it-yourself project. If you are not the do-it-yourself type, find a professional paint contractor who has worked with these types of projects previously and can show you some pictures of past projects. If you choose a one-color application, an average sized countertop can be renewed for about $70.
Countertop artists have also been playing with objects to impress into the concrete. If used on a functional countertop, impressions should be shallow to avoid creating an area that collects dirt and grime. Impression materials are abundant and can include rubber stamps, hand or foot prints, leaves and sticks, cookie cutters or cake molds, etc. For the surface, there are many different finishes that you can choose, including flat, polished, stamped or impressed, troweled, textured, and more. This finish can have a enormous impact on the final look of the concrete countertop. If you can imagine an edge finish, it is available with concrete countertops. The only limitation is the makers ability to create the mold or form. Of course, square corners are an easy and common edge shape for concrete countertops.
Granite exudes elegance in a kitchen and as the use of it becomes more widespread, prices have come down. Stone upgrades even the most modest kitchen. It holds up to heat and comes in a range of colors. It is substantial and will last a lifetime. It can have a mat finish as "honed" or a shiny polished finish. New sealers are almost maintenance-free but granite can require some periodic sealing and some stones, particularly marble, can absorb stains despite being properly sealed. Granite has the second highest hardness rating after diamonds but any stone can crack if it is stressed in transport or installed improperly. Stone offers a high value to home buyers and, particularly, granite kitchen countertops are elegant and timeless.
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