It all started one day when Brennan yelled up from the basement that it was raining. Raining in the basement.
Apparently, the old shiny yellow brass faucets in both our half bath and the boys' bathroom swivel. And swiveling faucets? Apparently they are a toddler playground. Because if you can swivel a faucet, you can make a waterfall off of the counter and onto the floor. And turn the bathroom floor into a wading pool. Which of course, makes it rain in the basement. Now what about all of that doesn't sound FUN????
Hint: All of it.
So after it rained in the basement for the third time, I called Brian and told him that we were replacing the faucets, like YESTERDAY. But while we had faucets off of the counters, we might as well paint the counters like I'd been planning, right?
Right. The half bath counter was a beige marble-ish. Not actually all that ugly, but it wasn't what I pictured for that room. The boys' bathroom however was an especially horrid pinkish marble-ish material. Maybe it wouldn't look so awful if the tub surround tile wasn't the same shade of mauve, which was just made worse by the weird shade of builder beige on the walls. Blegh.
Remove your faucet and any old caulk from the counter. Scrub the sink and counter with comet and a sponge and rinse well. Then scrub with Lime-Away and an abrasive sponge; rinse well. Next up, sanding. Sanding is pretty important, as this is how you're going to get your surface nice and grabby for the paint. I'll be honest, 400 grit sandpaper felt like I was just caressing the surface of the tile. So I went rogue and grabbed some 320 from the garage. The 320 felt like I was actually sanding something rather than giving the tile a vigorous rub down.
Now it's time for some epoxy! I'll admit that sometimes I'm not the best at following directions. Sure I read on the box and from several websites that this stuff was stinky, but I wasn't prepared for just how stinky it actually is. I now have no nosehairs left. (Kidding. Kind of.) I mean, I had windows open and fans on and the kids were shipped off to Grammy's house for a sleepover, but I just kinda figured that needing a respirator was dramatic and that a little N95 mask would to the trick. Um, no. The scene went a little like this: Kelli opens can of paint and can of activator. Kelli's eyes begin to water. Kelli realizes she's an idiot. Kelli yells for Brian to go buy her a respirator. Kelli thanks Jesus for making her buy a house that's 3 minutes from Lowes and 5 minutes from Home Depot. Moral of the story? Use a respirator. You and your still existent nose hairs (and probably brain cells) will thank me later.
Painting the countertop is actually pretty easy. The sink was a bit more tricky, but still not terrible. The Rustoleum box recommends using a 4 inch roller with foam cover (or something with a very very low nap) and a very fine bristled brush for the edges. I actually used a cheapo foam brush as well.
So, here's where you'll begin to see photos of the process of painting both sinks. And you'll notice that one is nicely taped and carefully painted and that the other one is ... not. We each started one sink and someone got kicked off of his project because **cough**PAINT BUBBLES**cough**.
I can't even. By the time I saw it, they were half dry. So, I let it dry, sanded the bubbles down, and went back for the brush! Brush for the edges, roller for the rest. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The trick with this stuff is not to get a super thick layer on there, but not too thin either. Too thick = bubbles and drips. Too thin = weird texture and marks. I started with a thin layer and worked up from there. We let each coat dry for about an hour before starting another coat. The third coat was when I really started to get serious about texture. Certain areas of the counter and sink were a bit more challenging to achieve a smooth finish - namely the corner behind the faucet and the bottom curve of the sink. For behind the faucet and the tops of the pieces that crawl up the wall, I found that using the foam brush to kind of dab the paint on was pretty effective. The sink just took a lot of smoothing with the roller. Even the thinnest layer seemed to want to drip a bit. After awhile, we just called it good and decided to let it cure.
Same sink, I swear. Just funky lighting.
Rustoleum recommends 24 hours of curing before touching the surface and 72 hours of curing before getting the surface wet. After the third day, Brian installed the new faucets in both the half bath and the boys' bathroom.
In the half bath, I went with this pretty lady ...
Handsome, yeah? When I saw them I just drooled. And gushed.
And I'm so hopelessly in love with the finished products that I don't mind the little bits of uneven texture here and there or the little drip mark in each sink. They are barely noticeable unless you stand at the perfect angle and realllllly examine the whole thing. And if anyone has that kind of time on their hands, they can feel free to critique my counters.
For us, it was the perfect budget makeover for our 90s-tastic sinks!
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