Hands-On Confidential: Rustoleum’s Countertop Paint

Once upon a time I wrote a post about countertop paint, made for laminate surfaces like you find in kitchens and bathrooms. I dreamed of someday utilizing it in my kitchen and reporting back, but between bigger projects and time constraints, it just never made the to-do list.
However, after reading said post, real-life friends of mine Lisa and Sarvani decided to give it a whirl in their historic home’s kitchen, and they shared what they learned with me so I could pass it along to you.

Lisa reports that the application is super-easy — basically, if you’ve ever painted before, you can handle this project. She said to be careful with taping the edges due to how heavy duty the paint is, otherwise you’ll be trapping pieces of tape on your countertops for quite some time. Also, she warns that uneven coats (like edgework) will show more than where you use a roller, so take extra care in those corners. The color she chose required two coats, but one can did the trick with plenty left over for touch-ups.
The only downside she reported is that this paint SMELLS. As in, wear a mask and have somewhere else to sleep that night. Unfortunately for herself, Sarvani, their two dogs and their newborn son, they learned this quickly the hard way … but luckily for them they had another place they could easily vacate to. When they did the second coat they were far better prepared to leave the stench behind to cure.
After about a month of usage, they say that the paint holds up well, though they admit to being slightly more careful with their new surface. In the end though, Lisa says she has no regrets and would do it again in a heartbeat.
How about you, have any of you tried the countertop paint since we last touched on it? Or have you been inspired to try something based on an article you’ve seen here on Charles & Hudson? Let us know in the comments, and don’t be too shy to show pictures!
Photo: Lisa Prasad Nicolosi

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