A refinishing kit brings faux concrete countertops easily within reach. Here, thin applications of different coatings were layered directly over an existing laminate counter and within three days, the job was complete. Many remodelers are happy to discover that updating the kitchen countertops actually makes the cabinets look new, too. Win-win.
Stained Butcher Block
With only a few coats of stain, you can transform conventional butcher block into something that's both eye-catching and refined. this & that reveals that the trick is to apply wood conditioner before the stain. Afterward, follow up with tung oil not only to seal out moisture, but also to enhance the natural color and luster of the material.
Gorgeous granite may not be in your budget, but with the right paint kit, you can get the look for much, much less—about $70. The process involves using sponges of different sizes to apply several lays of mineral paint over a dark primer. It's by no means a cinch to get done, but at least for Release Me Creations, the impressive results were well worth it.
Homeowners love wood countertops because when properly maintained, they are durable and long-lasting. Plus—for amateur woodworkers who own the appropriate tools—installation is a DIY-friendly affair. By alternating wood stains, Hart's Design Photograph gave a one-of-a-kind look to a timeless kitchen design choice.
With preparation, you can install a tile mosaic directly over an existing countertop, as My Two Butterflies managed to accomplish here. The part we like best about such an approach is how it enables you to employ leftover or reclaimed tile. Oh, and smashing tile is lots of fun.
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Live Edge Wood
If you favor the rustic look of natural wood, it doesn't get more rustic than Douglas fir planks with the bark left on. AndreaQueenB brought out the beauty of the material with sanding and sealing, so if you wish to follow her lead, remember that patience is a virtue. The upshot is that your sweat equity can introduce unique kitchen style at a cost lower than that of almost any other countertop material.
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