This one is about the countertops. I have to say the countertop issue is what held me up from doing our kitchen for 2+ years. It just wasn't feasible for us to replace our counters and they were a nasty tan color as I had mentioned. I knew I wanted white cabinets for our tiny kitchen to lighten it up, so imagine painting the cabinets a pretty crisp clean white with an off white/tan color stained counter, not pretty huh? You can kind of get an idea here, although it doesn't do it justice.
I ordered my sample swatches from the website and decided on Light Ash. The website recommends that to prepare you clean the counters very well and then lightly sand them.
I used a brush as well as a foam roller to paint it so I would get a nice smooth finish. Make sure you do this during a time when you can open windows because it is SMELLY stuff. Like worse than primer smelly, I did 2 coats. Also when you finish it has to sit for 3 days before you can put anything on the counters. I would give it longer than that honestly. Here she is!
So back to the sort of part... not too long after having the counters painted I left a pot on it that was wet on the bottom and for whatever reason it peeled up some of the paint - Paint's fault. Then because Adam's coffee pot had previously stained the counter, kind of like a burned stain, I decided that we should put something under it this time to protect it. So we put a plastic placemat underneath it. Well it melted some under the coffee pot and made a big stain - Our fault. Yeah again not the best decision ever but in hindsight but it seemed smart at the time. So I am touching up those spots and considering sealing it with a poly, we'll see. I don't know if it had to do with the fact that it was still so freshly painted, because they do say be gentle with it for the next few weeks or what happened, but I'm hoping after the touch up it will hold up better. Time will tell!
I do have to say that overall I was very impressed with how well it turned out. It looks really good and it hardens up nicely. People that have come over can't believe it is paint because it definitely doesn't look like it. If I had it to do all over again I would strongly consider using rustoleum's stone effects instead to give it more of a "granite" type look.
So that's the low down about painting your counters, all the information and more that you could have possibly wanted I'm sure. Congrats if you made it through that! Hope that helps! I would be happy to answer any questions!