It can be challenging - even confusing - to find the right material for your countertops which are the hardest-working surfaces in your kitchen. Also, there are considerations you should address before choosing a countertop based on looks alone. A countertop should be durable, scratch-resistant, heat-resistant, water-resistant, stain-resistant, easy to clean, as well as attractive. This brief guide reviews five material categories selected for their perfect combination of practicality and beauty. There are many material options - natural, manufactured or engineered - to go on counters which can be installed as a solid surface or applied to a backing like a veneer.
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 You can restore and renew the look of your outdated laminate countertops, in a variety of colors and finishes, including granite.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.
There are a variety of colors available in the single color product, and the granite option comes in many colors as well including chocolate, sapphire blue, green, sand and even red granite looks. A variety of patterns and color grade may be achieved with the same set of countertop paint depending upon your application technique. Wondering how long this project will take? Its a lot easier and faster than you think to apply it. Achieving a granite look will take as little as 4 hours for an average size (approximately 35 square feet) countertop. These impressive countertop paints also seal out moisture, are low odor and water based. In addition, the kits give you just about everything you need to successfully transform your countertops including a high-grade clear finish coat and associated rollers, foam applicators and a step by step instructional DVD. On average, for most countertop paint kits, its recommended that you wait 3 days before using your newly painted countertops. Plan accordingly as you may not want to start a project like this within a holiday time period or when high use of your kitchen or bath countertops are expected.
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