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Options for updating kitchen countertops

So those of you looking to update on a budget might find this info helpful also.

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via Everything’s Better With Sparkles And you can read how well those countertops held up after two years of use here.When I wrote yesterday’s post about my concrete kitchen countertops, what they look like now, and what I plan to do about it, I pretty much knew the direction I was headed. And then I started down the research path again, and found some very interesting and exciting information about two different countertop coating options — polyurea and epoxy.I wanted to share because I’m pretty sure that both of these options can be used to update a variety of existing countertops (i.e., it’s not just for concrete), and both are very reasonably priced, especially compared to the price of completely replacing countertops.Follow Chelsea | two twenty one’s board Kitchen on Pinterest. I’m kind of glad I spent 6 months hemming and hawing over what to go with.Well, we got new laminate kitchen countertops, and I didn’t go with any of the options I was considering. This gave me ample time to stare at the sample I ultimately chose. And while our neighborhood is nice, you wouldn’t expect the houses in it to have stone countertops.I remember being absolutely amazed watching videos like this, were a cardboard box is sprayed with polyurea, filled with water, then the top of the water is sprayed with polyurea, and then I ruled it out all those months ago, because I couldn’t find any polyurea products that I thought I could DIY, and I certainly didn’t know there would be a place right here in Waco, Texas that had that amazing product. And not only can they mix their product in just about any color imaginable, but they also have a clear polyurea coating that can be used over painted/stained surfaces.

So that means that I can get my countertop looking just like I want it (e.g., marble, granite or some other design), and then they can spray the clear polyurea right over the top to protect it. The colored products are anywhere from $5 to $8 per square foot, but the clear coat runs about $2 per square foot.

I looked at a few pictures, and then for some reason, I moved on.

I had already decided to use the Stonelok sealer that I mentioned in yesterday’s post (which, by the way, is an epoxy/urethane sealer that can be sprayed or rolled on).

So as I was reading and looking at pictures last night, epoxy started looking like a really great option to me.

And while epoxy counteretops are very easily DIYable (and I’ve wanted to try it for the longest time…it just looks fun), I got to wondering if maybe there was a company in my area that would do it for me so that I could be sure to get a very durable, professional finish.

They said to use acetone, which made my kitchen smell like a nail salon, but seemed to have little effect on my countertop. The stripper just made my countertops incredibly sticky, but it never really got all of the sealer off. This time I got some kind of acid that says it’s safer than muriatic acid, and it comes in a dry form that sounds like little tiny pebbles in the jar. But I got home and felt completely unmotivated to try one more thing that probably wouldn’t work, so I sat down at my computer and remembered the epoxy suggestions. Here are a few from this site called Countertop Epoxy, and while these aren’t what I’m looking for, you can see how beautiful this can be. Again, none of those are what I’m looking for, but there’s definite potential there.