Sunday, October 28, 2012

New counters

To say I'm PUMPED is an understatement!! I am sooo PUMPED!!! We have lived in this house for four years and my bane since purchase has been the "flashback to the 70's" orange counterops. The countertops themselves were in great shape, no cracks or scratches....but the was as orange as a harvest pumpkin. Behold the "before" all of its orange-y glory!
Obviously something had to be done! I have done quite a bit of research the past four years. Visions of lovely marble and granite tops drift into my head...glorious beautiful shiny ones....then the price brings me back to reality. Price has brought me back to reality on all other options as well...until I discovered Giani! Countertop painting?!?! Whoever heard of such a thing!!! I did quit a bit of research and was impressed with what I found. It took me about a year to get fully pumped for the thought of painting my tops because once you do it, there is a two week dry time before your KitchAid can get back to its cozy nest on the counter. Then one day (last friday), my amazingly crafty husband was at a paint store with a display of Giani. He purchased the Diamond White kit and our lives are now changed forever. He brought it home and we began that night. First step is to clean and lightly sand the tops. Then apply the primer.
After allowing a night of drying for the primer,I enlisted the help of my mother and over nap time we began the sponge painting technique. It was SCARY at first....we did a practice paper then began. We had fun! We layered three colors over the primer. It was easy!! Here is a shot of the paint after application. We allowed an entire day to dry before we removed the Frog tape.
Tape is removed and counters are exposed in all their glory! They are awesome!!! I'm amazed at how much they actually look like granite. Being the amatures we are, there are definitely some spots that are more white than others...but I suppose the quarry extracted a different section of rock that day. ;) Real granite isn't perfect and exactly the same throughout, and neither is my lovely new piece. It is such an improvement on the old awful orange!
Caulking still needs to be applied to the seams, but Kev wants to wait a day to do that to ensure perfect bonding...or something technical like that. :)
Here's a close up! Pretty awesome, eh?!? Yeah...I think it is too!

Friday, October 19, 2012

You want to see the island....

Two weekends ago I started the painting of the kitchen island we purchased from K-Mart...on sale....for $120!!! I loved the price, loved the detail and loved the size. I did not like the color one bit. Honey colored wood did NOT go well with our barn-board cabinets and lovely orange countertops ("lovely orange" is said in jest...and as soon as I have extra money and time...those bad boys are getting painted and updated!). I talked Kevin into helping me set up my paint booth in the garage!! Being the awesome husband he is....he helped. :) I'll get pics of that up at some point. I'm super pumped because I have acquired so much furniture from craisglist and garage sales, over the past 3 years. I have fantastic intentions of painting it all, making it awesome and either using it in our home or selling it, but have never had time or made the time to get it done. Now I have one less excuse! I would love for this to be a way to make money, when I'm home with the boys.  So Kev got me all set up and I went to work. First I removed all the hardware. I lightly sanded the surface, which was kind of silly because some parts of it aren't even wood, just laminate (what did I expect for $120 though, right ;)). I sprayed two coats of paint that we purchased a few years ago for our house painting project. Definitely will NOT be using it again because it is the paint you get from the paint recycling place and was full of gunk that constantly clogged my awesome paint gun. A huge headache for my first ever project! I did two coats, cleaned up, played with the boys, made supper, picked up the house and a million other things (it seemed like) because my weekends are BUSY! :) We let it dry overnight, then Sunday, after church and dinner, Kevin put 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic on while I gave the boys a bath. :) He had to sand off some of the bumps from the bad paint before he sprayed it and touch up a few areas, but it turned out AMAZING!!!! I am so beyond pumped!!!
I am TERRIBLE at taking pictures while in the process, and am determined to create a habit of doing "action" shots so I can be a better blogger and give all the awesome details, but for this first Before and After post I only have pictures from when we first purchased it and put it in our kitchen and once it was painted and put back in place.
I plan on using my Silhouette to make the vinyl letter for the quote. Kev came up with those words and I love it because I LOVE to cook and it is so true, for me. :) So this next picture is a futuristic type one with how the island will look once the quote is added. I'm such a planner like that! :)