DIY Faux Granite: A Countertop Makeover on a $35 Budget


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Countertops: before blues and after pretty faux granite

When CafeMom tess-n-co and her husband bought their house, "the countertops were the color of the ocean — all different shades of blue. It's not really our style, so we had to make a choice on what to do."

They ended up finding a countertop makeover option for an amazingly low $35 — and at a glance, it looks like pricey granite!

Here's how tess-n-co and hubby took on their countertop makeover:

"We priced out new counters with Lowe's and Home Depot. Both came to roughly $700. We also needed new flooring on the whole first floor, so I searched the Internet for another option. There are companies that will paint your countertops for you. I think they charge somewhere around $300.

So here are the steps we took to get our beautiful painted countertops!

1) Pick Colors. We went to Lowe's and picked out samples of the counters we wanted. Then we went to Michael's and picked up acrylic paints that matched all the color specs in the sample.

2) Sand and Prime. We sanded and primed the countertops. We may have done two coats of primer. You can still see the blue underneath.

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Primer the countertops

3) Add Base Coat. We gave all the counters a base coat of the first color.

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Apply a base coat

4) Blot on Color. We used a SEA SPONGE (very important) and added the first blotted color. It was an orangey color. Then we lightly blotted down the second dark brown color, then the third color, then the fourth color.

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Blot on a variety of colors

5) Add Top Coat: Once we had the color applied the way we liked it, we gave the counters four or five coats of polyurethane and voila... beautiful counters!

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The finished countertops

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Painted countertops close up

The best part is...the entire project cost about $35.

We do have to give them a coat of polyurethane every six months or so, but they look pretty good. We get compliments on them constantly."

This is awesome, Tess. And you can't beat a home improvement project that comes in that low cost.

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MomIWant MomIWant

What a GREAT idea!  The counters look beautiful.

garde... gardenwmn

That is a great idea!  My kitchen needs a true makeover...this maybe one way I can afford to do it!

Peajewel Peajewel

Very clever1 I love them!

jeana jeana

they look amazing!!

Susie... SusieQ8080

wow! this looks amazing! i cant believe how cheap it is!

girl_... girl_in_the_D

ohhh how i wish i was crafty enough to do that or think of it LOL

Laura... Laura_Cruz

Oh thank yous o much for this, my counters are a bubble gum pink and i can not afford to change them out


wyatt... wyattabigailmom

I wish I was brave enough to do this. I would be so scared to mess it up and then be stuck with a messed up paint job on my countertops:)

nonmember avatar Vanessa Schaefe

Nice job on the counters.  Did you actually use a piece of granite as inspiration and to compare texture and colorizing?

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