Learn how to use the Rustoleum Countertop transformation paint kit to transform your outdated counters. Plus a review of how the paint held up a year later!
A kitchen renovation is a huge project. It’s expensive. It goes on for months. It leaves us with nothing to eat except pizza and microwavable meals. So putting it off until you are absolutely sure you know what you want is so wise. We don’t know what we want yet and we’re definitely not ready to dole out the money for it. So we made a few temporary changes last year in our Weekend Makeover, and now I’m finally sharing our Rustoleum countertop transformation paint review.
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This was our kitchen when we moved into the home. Our long term plan in this outdated home is to build an addition in 5-10 years. The addition to the house would include a master bedroom and ensuite as well as a garage. It will cut into the existing kitchen, making it a good time for those big renovations. But I didn’t want to wait until then to touch the kitchen. I was itching to use some paint on those green countertops.
As part of a weekend makeover project, we planned to revamp our kitchen in just three days. We painted countertops, added new peel and stick tiles, changed out all of the hardware, changed the sink, and added a new faucet and accessories. We somehow managed to get the entire kitchen done and the transformation was amazing! The newly painted black countertops was a huge part of that transformation.
Everything you need to know about the Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Paint Kit
Countertop paint is a great idea if you’re looking to update laminate or arborite counters, but it’s not a permanent fix. We’ve had these painted countertops for over a year now, and I’ll share my honest review of how they are holding up at the end of this post!
The process of using the countertop paint is a multi-step and multi-day (usually) process. There are a few things that you need:
How many countertop transformation kits do I need?
A large rustoleum countertop transformation kit is enough to cover 50 square feet of countertop. We have a lot of counter space in our kitchen and one kit of countertop paint was exactly enough to cover all of the counters. If you are only doing a small countertop, it may not be worth it for you, because once you open the kit, you can’t save any and reuse it on another project later. It’s only good at one time, and it’s too expensive to use on just a small countertop.
How to you use the Rustoleum Countertop Transformation Kit
The countertop transformation kit comes with everything you need (except the face masks that I would recommend), and detailed instructions, but I’ll run through the process here too.
Since we did this transformation as part of our Weekend Renovation on Instagram, we recorded the process of us adding the Countertop paint for the first time and shared it. Check out the “Kitchen Reno” highlight on our Instagram page to watch the kitchen transform.
The process is fairly straightforward, but I’ll lay it all out for you here. Make sure you still read all of the directions that come in your countertop paint kit before you start though!
STEP 1: Repair & Clean Countertops
If your countertops have any cracks or large chips, you’ll need to repair these before you use the countertop transformation kit. Use an epoxy putty to fix these areas because the epoxy you use on the countertops will be able to adhere to it (i.e. don’t use a wood putty or filler). You do not need to worry about small scratches or chips because these will fill easily.
STEP 2: Prep Countertops for Paint
STEP 3: Paint Base Coat
If you are applying one of the countertop transformation paint kits that has decorative chips in it, you will have to mix that first before applying the base coat. If you are applying decorative paint chips, you will have to do this while the paint is still wet. Our kit did not have chips in it, so read your instructions thoroughly if you are completing this step.
Next mix the base coat and apply it to your countertops. You will probably want a Face Mask for this as it is very stinky. Your Rustoleum countertop paint kit will come with a foam roller that you can use to apply the paint. Apply it smoothly and evenly on all of the surfaces. Any cutting that needs to be done (e.g. in corners or edges) can be done with paint brush. You can apply a second layer of the base coat after two hours. If you have any paint runs or missed spots, make sure to sand them down and fix them at this stage.
STEP 4: Apply Top Coat
After 12 hours, you can apply the top protective coat. the protective coat comes as a two part epoxy that needs to be mixed (an activator and a base). Once you mix this together, you must use all of it within 4 hours.
Use the same process as above to paint it on. Using a paint brush for any cutting and painting any edges, and a roller the paint onto larger surfaces. We found that the roller that came with the kit was “shedding” and we ended up switching it out for some foam dollar store rollers we had on hand instead and were very happy with that. The little hairs in the first section of our painted countertop did not stay on forever, but they were very noticeable for weeks and I was very glad that we had switched rollers.
STEP 5: Allow Time for Countertop Paint to Set
Once you are done painting, make sure you don’t do anything that will create excess debris or dust in your kitchen for at least 4-6 hours. After that time, you can gently remove your painters tape and drop cloths, but be careful when removing the tape that it doesn’t peel any of the countertop surface with it.
Avoid using your newly painted countertops for the first 48 hours. After that the kit suggests that light use is ok, but we actually put a small scratch in ours on the third day, so the longer you can let your countertops set, the better! Allow at least a week before resuming regular countertop use.
How to Care for Your Painted Countertops
Once the countertop transformation paint has cured, you can clean them easily with soap and water or a mild cleaner. Avoid anything too abrasive, as it could scratch the surfaces of your painted countertops. Avoid cutting directly on the surface of the counters so that you don’t scratch the countertop paint. Also, be careful what appliances you set on the counter, and consider placing anything with sharp edges or surfaces on top of a cutting board or trivets. Try not to drag anything across the countertop surface.
How did the Rustoleum Countertop Transformation Paint Hold Up?
We’ve had our paint on the counters for over a year now, and I wanted to share an honest review of how they are holding up, and whether or not we are satisfied with the results.
The immediate results of the countertop paint were amazing! We had a ton of friends and family members come over that were surprised by how nice and natural the paint looked. The colour was beautiful, the finish was smooth, and the quality was excellent.
But it is paint, and there are bound to be a few issues. It took me about 24 hours to add the first scratch to the countertop. To be fair… the kit says specifically to use lightly for the first week, and I was probably a bit heavy handed. But I did put a small scratch into the countertop paint right away.
Over the course of the year we have put several scratches in the paint surface. Some because we were dragging appliances, or bowls with a little edge that caught the paint. Anything heavy and metal (e.g. a coffee machine or mixer) has a high probability of scratching your painted countertops. I have a wire basket that was sitting on the countertop collecting bills and paperwork, and I didn’t realize that every time it was moved around, it was also scratching the surface. So it will stay there until we touch up the paint, or completely redo the kitchen!
The beautiful thing about the black countertop paint, is that it hides the scratches easily. While we know where each scratch is, guests of ours had a hard time finding them, even when we pointed out that there were scratches to find.
Below is an example of what the scratches look like on the surface of the painted counters:
There is also one spot on our counters that has “reacted” in some way to the paint. I have no idea what happened in this photo below, but it seems like something got onto the surface of the paint and reacted to it, causing it to bubble. It’s just one spot, and I’ve never had anyone notice it (or at least mention it to me!), but I always know it’s there!