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How I Transformed My Countertop

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Thanks to everyone who sent messages and inquired about my kitchen. 

I enjoy reading all of your comments and answering any questions you may have

If you missed my

Home Tour you can see it here,

and the Before and After here.

I’m not quite finished showing you how I achieved the after,

so let’s get started

I received a few inquiries about how I transformed my countertop.

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Here’s where you might want to take a seat…

you know,

so you don’t fall over.  (sigh)


keep in mind,

this kitchen was done on an extremely limited budget

We started the process immediately upon moving into our home 6 years ago

This was before Countertop Transformation Kits

and replacing the counter was not an option.


we painted them!

I hope you were sitting down.

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My mom tried this technique in two of her homes.

Thank goodness,

both my mom and dad were there to tackle

the counter with us.

Remember the white laminate?

Counter top transformation

Here’s where I am lacking photos. 

I have been digging through negatives,

and this is what I’ve found.

(6 years ago we still used negatives… WOW)!

How to Transform a Countertop With Paint


1. Primer and roller for priming.   We used Kilz Primer/Sealer.

2. Ralph Lauren Suede Paint.  Paint Color we used: Zinc. (I am not sure if this color is still available?)

3. Ralph Lauren Unique Rollers 4″ and 9″.

4. 3″ nylon poly trim brush

5. Water Base Polyurethane

*When contacting Ralph Lauren Paints before starting this project they mentioned this paint was not for high traffic areas and would not recommend it for counters*

I add this as a disclaimer so you know what their recommendations are.

If you decide to follow this tutorial, please do so at your own risk.

Zinc Ralph Lauren Suede Paint

Let’s get started…

1. Clean entire surface before painting.

2. Prime the counter using a roller.

3. Once dry, apply the first coat of Ralph Lauren Suede Paint.  Use the nylon/poly brush for the corners, edges and areas hard to reach with a roller.

4. Use the unique rollers to blend in the brush strokes and work around the counter creating V’s and overlapping in different directions.  Let dry.

5. Last coat – use the nylon/poly brush to create crisscrosses.  Work in small areas to create the texture of suede.

6. Once completely dry, apply water based polyurethane.  We applied several coats to get great coverage.


Counter Top Transformation

We still had a long way to go in this kitchen, but the counters were done.


Notice the white cabinets…

see how stark white they are in comparison to the wall color?

My sweet hubby painted them all for me while I was out of town working.

Wasn’t that nice of him?

Only problem…

I didn’t like the white the gentlemen at the paint store recommended.

Yep, I should have gone with my gut.

So… guess who took every door off and repainted them all?


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Here are some questions I should answer for you if you are considering this project.

Would I go through this procedure again?

Yes, I would.  I was using this as a quick solution to fit within my budget and get the look I really wanted.  If I could afford a honed granite, that would have been my first choice.  Truthfully, this has lasted 6 years and has held up better than I could have imagined.  I can’t wait to show you pictures of my parent’s countertop as well.

Is it durable?

It has held up great!  We still use a cutting board when using hot cooking items like a crock pot or steamer.  It may not affect it, but I want to protect it as best as I can.  If a wet glass is left on the counter the polyurethane will leave a clear, glossy ring where the wet area is located.  I freaked at first, but this goes away when it is dry.  After 6 years, we do see a little wear, but these areas can be touched up if needed.

Why is this paint different than other latex paints?

Ralph Lauren Suede Paint, in my opinion, leaves a texture like suede and has movement.  When our neighbors were replacing their counters I asked the salesman to give us an estimate for granite.  He came over and couldn’t believe it was paint.

How do you clean the counter-top?

I use a spray bottle filled with Vinegar and Water.

Is there other information to share?

Yes, if you are considering trying this out, check out Ralph Lauren’s Paint site hereThis offers you the colors as well as items you will need.  There is also a video tutorial and pdf file to print.  It shows you in great detail how to apply this paint and where to purchase it.  If you want the Zinc color and it is not available, maybe it can be mixed for you. 

Are there Counter Transformation kits out there?

Yes, there are!  Rust-Oleum offers a Countertop Transformation kit.  I have not personally tried it, but have heard great things about it.

Here is the honed granite that has been on my wish list. 

Painted Counter top

Sitting on my laminate you can see it’s pretty close, don’t you think?  

It’s working,

so the painted laminate stays.

At least for now.

Do you have a laminate countertop that needs a little update?



Kitchen Before and After

Kitchen Makeover

Today I am overwhelmed! 

Everyone that stopped by,


and offered encouragement for sharing my

Kitchen Home Tour

has left me feeling so blessed.

  I appreciate you all from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you for your encouragement to keep writing, creating, and being me!

With that said, I wanted to answer your questions regarding my kitchen.

Remember when I said there was a lot of Elbow Grease involved?

Let me show you the kitchen before and after

Kitchen Makeover

Here is where we began 6 years ago…

Kitchen Before Photo

We stripped wallpaper and painted with

Benjamin Moore, White Dove.

I wanted an all white kitchen, with white walls and white cabinets…

and a pop of contrast with dark floors and counter-tops.

We removed a couple of cabinet doors

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Because the kitchen is small, I wanted open shelving to give the illusion of more space.

I also like the fact that it is easy to get to all of my daily dishes without opening and closing cabinet doors.

The Builder Grade Cabinets

were sanded, primed, and painted

with Benjamin Moore, White Dove.

The appliances were replaced

Kitchen Before

with stainless steel.

The oven was a Craigslist purchase.

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The dishwasher remained and is black.

(It works great, so until it dies, it will stay).

Kitchen Before

Next, we added new hardware in an oil rubbed bronze finish,

spray painted the hinges with

an oil rubbed bronze color,

and installed new flooring.

Home Tour Kitchen

The flooring looks like natural wood,

but is laminate by Quick-Step in Dark Wenge Wide Planks.

The kitchen peninsula was wrapped in thin wood.


and the baseboards were not as wide as I would prefer.


So we added 5 1/4″ baseboards painted in Benjamin Moore, White Dove.


I also wanted a chalkboard, so I thought this was the perfect spot.

Notice how we bumped the baseboard trim out to look like the

cabinet was built into the wall.

Moving back to the Peninsula

I wanted an updated, custom look with the peninsula area.

The thin board seemed cheap to me.

I know I am on a budget,

but hey,

it doesn’t have to look like it, right?

Kitchen After

So we added bead-board and framed it out with wood trim.

Here’s a closer look…

Kitchen After


In my next post I will share with you how I turned my white laminate counter-top

into a dark slate.

Home Tour Kitchen

I hope you enjoyed the kitchen before and after transformation!

Have a beautiful day!



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Kitchen Home Tour

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As I was enjoying my time cutting hydrangeas,

getting them ready to bring inside,

I thought about you.

Interior Kitchen Hydrangea

I thought about things you might like, and what I like.

I thought how much I enjoy going to others blogs and seeing the interiors of their beautiful homes.

There are some gorgeous ones out there!

It’s almost as if they invite me in for a drink.

Beverage Tray


I get to know a bit about them without them even saying a word.

It’s pretty amazing how an interior can say so much about a person

where they have traveled,

what colors they like,

if they have a vibrant or relaxed personality,

if they appreciate art…

and the list goes on.

My thoughts on this made me think of you.

I haven’t shared much of my interior with you.

Is there a reason?

Oh yes, there is…


I want you to enjoy it…

I want you to like it…

an interior is a reflection of who we are, and you know, it’s hard to put myself out there.

Yes, I have a blog and write publicly,


I’m always a little nervous to share.


Here goes…

Let me invite you into my kitchen

The beginning of my Home Tour.

Come on in…

Home Tour Kitchen

I chose this house because of the open floor plan.

The kitchen is filled with natural light as windows surround the space.

Home Tour Kitchen

It’s not a large kitchen, but large enough.

At a later date I will share with you where this kitchen began.

Home Tour Kitchen

It took much effort, paint, and elbow grease.

All of it on a little budget.

Home Tour Kitchen

I wanted to create a Coastal Cottage kitchen.

A kitchen with a relaxed feel.

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Where you can sit and have a meal

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and enjoy this spot in Georgia that is a little like Paradise.

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Thanks for coming in!

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There’s still a lot I would love to do in here.

If you look close you can find the unfinished projects – still in the works.

I am a little quirky that way…

I put my unfinished pieces where I want them in my home.

This is motivation to get it all done.

I can’t wait to show you what my kitchen looked like before and how I achieved

this look on a little budget.

I am glad I cut my hydrangeas – it made me overcome a fear.

I hope you are glad I cut them too.




You can see more about my kitchen…

Kitchen Before and After

How I Transformed My Countertop

Kitchen Buying Guide




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