Many of our readers have been asking for low cost renovations for the kitchen and I’ve just found another great one! So rather than pointing you to our installing article on picking out a granite or quartz countertop, check out this new product that gives you the look of granite or quartz countertop without the solid surface countertop price.
All it takes is a little elbow grease and about $250 plus tax and you can change the look of your kitchen, thanks to a new product called Modern Masters Countertop Transformations. Simply follow this four-step process that can transform the look of your old laminate countertops.
First is preparation. You’ll need to clean your countertops with soap and water before using Countertop Transformations. If you have any dents or large chips in your old countertop you will need to fill them with an epoxy and then sand it flat. However, small scratches and chips do not have to be filled the base coat will take care of those.
Second step is applying the adhesive base coat. You’ll want to work your way from the back to the front. Apply the base coat to the backsplash first and work your way forward. You’ll need a 2″ paint brush and a 6″ roller. These are one of the few things not included in the kit. After the base coat has been applied spray the wetting agent before the next step.
Next you want to distribute the decorative color chips and sand. Using the chip dispenser spread the color chips, you will work your way from the back to the front. You will spread 2 coats. After the 2nd coat of Countertop Transformations has time to dry, you’ll remove the excess color chips and use the scraper to push all the edges down. Then you’ll lightly sand.
Then finally, you want to apply the protective top coat. You work from the back to the front using a 2″ paint brush and a 6″ foam roller. Once done you will need to wait 48 hours before light use. It takes 7 days for the protective coating to completely cure and be ready for “everyday” use.
Viola, brand new countertops in a single weekend! Actual working time will be five or six hours, depending on the size of your project. And you’ll have to wait 24 hours between step 3 and 4. Countertop Transformations is a great project for someone who wants the look of natural stone countertops at a mere fraction of the typical price. Countertop Transformations is also great because the protective coating is non porous and antimicrobial. No longer is choosing solid surface countertops something that has to be an expensive proposition.
Want to see Countertop Transformations installation in action? This video will walk you through the process described above.