In short, I am praying and hoping that by darkening the counters I will be able to "ground" the room. Oh and I'm getting rid of the peninsula.
Due to budget constraints, I am going to use Rustoleum Countertop Coating, which runs about $20. The colors are limited, and I have read mixed reviews, but I am desperate to visually change the room.
So we start off knowing the price is right, but trying to select a color is a nightmare. First of all, you are expected to be able to select your color from the tiniest "swatch" on the top off the box.
I did decided to try Storm. It is gray, it does have a blue undertone, and is close, but I still would have liked it a tad darker. I wish I would have asked if I could have used a custom color. Anyways, I got lucky.
But before I could get started I needed to remove the peninsula. I created a guide with a board to help get a nice straight edge.
I spent time on degreasing the counters and sanding the surface. The directions say you don't need to sand, but with our counters being so smooth I decided to take the extra step. I also used a microfiber roller cover for a smooth finish. (I had read that foam starts to flake off).
The paint is stinky. I decided to paint the counters on a weekend when the family was going to be out camping, and it was a good decision. The smell does fade as the paint dries, but it is still pretty strong for a day or so.
It took me 4 thin coats to cover the ivory counters. I would have been done with 3, but afer returning home I discovered the cats had been on the counters....oops.
The package says you should let the paint cure for 3 days. I gave it 4 and am still being really gentle with the surface. But so far I am happy with the results.
I do feel like the darker counters help minimize the floor. But like any project, you are never done with one step. Nope. This is just the beginning of a few more "projects" I will be working on in the kitchen.
Since we have removed the peninsula, I will be replacing it with an island. I want to lighten the color of the cabinets. I have ordered new door handles, and I will be making new curtains. Just a few items to keep me busy. I hope to have all this done before Thanksgiving. XX fingers crossed XX