Do any of you remember that time I painted my cultured marble countertops with epoxy paint? Well, this month marks two years that I have lived with my painted countertops and I am sure some of you are curious to see how they are holding up. Well, today is your lucky day.
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For those of you who would like to check out the original tutorial, click here. I give some pretty valuable tips in the tutorial, but essentially I painted over my existing cultured marble countertops with an epoxy paint kit (here is the one I used). The project cost around $30 to complete.
From the beginning, I had pretty realistic expectations. I knew this would only be a temporary solution until we had the budget to actually replace the countertops with marble or quartz. I actually intended for the this project to only suffice for a few months, yet here we are 24 months later, and I must say I am pretty pleased with how the paint has held up.
I only have two trouble areas……
As pictured above, you can see that the paint is starting to chip away around the drain of the sink. I suppose the excessive water exposure ( or toothpaste or soap) is beginning to strip away at the paint.
Because I am a bit of a slacker (and intimidated by plumbing), I did not remove the faucet at the time of the project. Above, you can see where the paint is also beginning to chip around my faucet. I cannot help but wonder if this problem could have been avoided if I simply would have taken the time to remove the faucet before applying the epoxy paint.
But there you have it…my only two trouble areas.
However, I have an extra warning…..
Here you can see the texture of the countertops, but there is also more pronounced texture in an area where I did not allow the paint ample time to cure. Just a heads up, you will pretty much need to double (or even triple) the suggested cure time provided in the manufacturer’s directions.
It is also important to note that I was very careful when cleaning the countertops. I was sure to avoid any abrasive cleaners or brushes, only using windex and a paper towel (occasionally Clorox wipes).
I will soon be saying goodbye to these cultured marble beauties. You see, I have finally nagged my husband to the point of submission and we are waiting to have quartz installed.
Overall, I am pleased with this temporary solution. It has served its purpose, but I will be glad to see them go.
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