So here ya go! I ventured into the world of DIY Epoxy Counters. In this blog article, I’ll chat about the good, the bad, and the ugly. So let’s go!
Love it! I love the look, love the way it feels, the way it works. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I’ve had laminate and Tavertine prior to this so I’m not trying to compare this to anything else.
Here’s a video – I’d say this does a pretty good job of capturing what it looks like in real life.
It shines, which makes me feel as though it’s always clean. Using alcohol and dish soap mixed with water to clean it.
Seems rugged. As careful as I’ve been trying to be, I dropped a screwdriver on it. ACK!!! I thought for sure there would be a dent, chip, something. Just a tiny little trace of a mark which can barely be scene unless you know it’s there. Haven’t had it long but since it takes about 30 days to cure and it’s wearing this well already, I imagine it only gets better.
Great customer service. I purchased my epoxy supplies from Stone Coat Countertops. And I pretty much followed this video and this video. The customer support I got from Stone Coat was exceptional and quick. I pretty much emailed them, and they responded the next day. There isn’t much left to ask if you watch all their videos.
Can’t beat the price. Here’s a list of purchases I made, your’s might be different depending on what colors and look you’re going for:
- Stone Coat 1 gallon kit ($95.00)
- Bonding Primer ($15.00)
- Butter Cream Base Coat ($20.00)
- Gloss Black Spray Paint $1.25
- Gloss White Spray Paint $1.36
- Glitter Blast Starry Night Spray Paint $8.09
- Glitter Shimmer Spray $3.97
- Kahki Spray Paint $4.19
- Rubbing Alcohol (from the Dollar Store) $1.00
- Spray Bottle (Dollar Store) $1.00
- Torch $21.97
Other supplies I used, some I bought, some I had on hand:
- Plastic measuring cups – epoxy has to be measured exactly. These were thrown away. But I watched a video (too late) where the lady marked her cups so she didn’t mix the product and was able to save these. Duh!
- Plastic to cover EVERYTHING! Seriously, cover ALL the floor, and the back splash, I’ll chat about this later. Trashed after.
- Painters tape – of course, disposed off after.
- Paint stir sticks – yep, tossed after.
- Dry wall putty and putty knife.
- Paint brushes, don’t go super cheap, I’ll tell ya why later. Tossed these too.
- Sand paper
So we are talking under $200.00!! If you have priced new counter tops, you’ll realize just how huge this is.
I like the way it came out around my sink.
Oh, I had this one issue, who ever put the counters in, put them right in front of the windows, so I had to figure out how to make sure the epoxy didn’t drip down over the edge. So I used packing tape. I taped it to the back of the counter and then folded it down (so there wasn’t any sticky edge). I removed it before it dried, and it gave me a really nice edge.
Clean up was pretty easy, tossed most of the stuff. Alcohol removed most accidental drops.
All in all, it was pretty easy to do, just follow the videos and you’ll be just fine.
Inconvenient. Your counter will be down for a few days. At least 3-4. If you start early the first day, figure base paint and first coat of epoxy. Second day, second coat of epoxy. Then 48 hours before you can set anything on it.
You have everything taped up and covered, why would you remove it until your done? It’s a lot of work to recover and re-tape right? Well, this means all your lower cupboards are out of commission. And of course, your sink. Just keep reminding yourself you’ll have beautiful counters when your done, it helps get you through.
The Ugly – Or you could call this the Lessons Learned Section.
This is where I reveal all the dumb stuff I did and the flaws I see afterward and how I could have avoided them. Go ahead, you can chuckle at some of them. Better me than you right? *grin*
Sticky. Cover the entire kitchen floor. Don’t walk in the kitchen and then anywhere else with the same shoes. Yeah, I did it. 😦 Shoes will be fine after, you can clean them up, and epoxy dries, but during the project, remember to remove them. This is where the alcohol came in handy – not to drink – but to clean up the nice shoe prints. *grrr*
As I said above, cover EVERYTHING. Think about this, you are spray painting indoors – there is over spray. This is why you cover the entire floor and the back splash. It’s also another reason not to walk out of the kitchen with the same shoes on. Of course, I wish I had had shoes on. I’m a barefoot kind of girl, yeah, I had to clean up really nice black feet print all the way into the bathroom. Thankfully, it wasn’t hard to clean up. Oh, and I left black toe prints in the bath tub too – scrub-a-dub-dub!
Don’t purchase cheap brushes, they will loose their bristle in your beautiful masterpiece. Want proof … This cheap hair do will always be a part of my life.
Pay attention to your edges. Some videos tell you let it roll off. If I had watched the second link above first, I wouldn’t have done it. Just take it to the edge, and then paint it on.
Watch those little buggers, bzzzzzz splat! I had a flying visitor who didn’t knock. So when I finally knew he was here, he had left a mark I couldn’t get rid of.
Leave well enough alone. I think this would have self corrected, but I didn’t let it.
Grout lines. If you do it right there won’t be any. Two things I learned: 1) The people who did the counter initially didn’t make sure each tile was level with those around it. they appeared level, but they were not. 2) When spraying your paint, make sure you spray from all angles. I think if I had, mine would have disappeared. Here’s two pictures, both could have had grout lines in them, but one does not. Basically, I painted the grout line in. *smack upside the head*
Use the blow torch, I know, I know, you don’t see anything, but use it. Once you start using it, you’ll start seeing those little bubbles pop. If you don’t you’ll see little tiny “bubbles.” They are barely noticeable, but I know they are there, and you will know they are there on your counter.
Again, overall, it came out great! I’m sure yours will too. Good luck!!!