As you may have seen from my other kitchen remodel posts, we plan to do a full kitchen gut in a few years…but for now we need to make it functional for a serious cook and pretty because I can’t take it when my surroundings aren’t pretty!
The plan for the white formica countertops, was to buy a prefab rolled edge formica countertop in a black color. It was by no means ‘nice’, but it was bearable and a 10′ section was $129 at Lowes. That was perfect, only problem is we had been eyeballing all along and when we got serious about it, we realized that OUR counter was 10, 8″ long! They do not make prefab countertops that size… after much searching and thinking we opted for faux finishing our white formica and crossing our fingers it holds up!!!
I read up on it, read about a polyacrylic liquid that sounded like it would last forever but opted to try a matte polyeurethane instead because soapstone doesn’t have a high gloss finish typically. I may still end up doing the polyacrylic, as we already have a few small dings.
Step one was a flat black paint
Next I got a fine paintbrush (like a tiny one from kids watercolor paint set), a wet rag and a sponge. I took white paint and dabbed it on, then blotted it off with a damp rag to soften any patterns or sponge marks. I took the brush and drew one or two cracks as soapstone usually has, feathered out the edges… I will confess I’ve been artsy all my life and went to art school. This step may prove more problematic to people who don’t have a knack for making things look like they want. I found a lot of fake looking patterns kept appearing but they were all fixable by dabbing with wet rag.
Lastly I sealed the paint with 3 separate coats of satin finish polyurethane. I sanded lightly between each coat to avoid bubbles.
It’s already been 4-5 months and it’s in pretty good shape. My daughter slid a heavy metal milk crate against it and knicked one spot and I can see some minor wear and tear on edge. I may do the polyacrylic gel at some point when it needs touching up, hoping I come across something matte finish first. All in all, a fantastic look for about $30 compared to the many thousand or so it would have cost us to get real soapstone!