Updating kitchen counter tops
This week, we’re helping homeowner Stephanie Ward makeover her kitchen and we’re going to do it on a shoe-string budget. The countertops are chipping, they’re kind of dingy, and, dark. Danny Lipford: Yeah, I thought you had one of those neat little tilt-outs.
Stephanie Ward: We’ve been here, well a total of 10 years.
And then also, we probably could do a little bit of cleaning and finishing these cabinets without changing the color, but just put maybe just a little bit of the gloss back on it that it once had. Danny Lipford: That countertop finish I was telling Stephanie about is from Giani. Maybe if you can start reaching on top of the fridge, because I can’t reach there.
Stephanie Ward: Wow, that looks like a lot of work. You could have never painted before and you can do this. Stephanie Ward: Let me get my son to help us move some things. Stephanie Ward: Could you help us move some of these things off the counters?
What that means is like a smaller model has one-third, you can get a half, you can get five-eighths, or you could get three-fourths, and that’s what this one is. Another thing I like about this model, it has the quick lock mount collar, so that if you’ve got an In Sink Erator that’s an older model, or it’s not as powerful; all you’ve got to do is just twist that one off, twist this one into place, and you’re good to go. You’re thinking, “I don’t want a spotted countertop”.
If you’re looking for a change you can make with spare change, stay tuned. It’s easy to talk to people about kitchen re-modeling because the kitchen is the center of family life in so many homes, but finding the budget for these renovations isn’t always so easy. Danny Lipford: Of course, it’s small, I guess you’re a little challenged on some of the storage? The label on the tube will tell you if it accepts paint or not. And you see it just drips inside, and eventually that will puddle up on the bottom and the newspaper will absorb it so it won’t spill out of the box. So it has to be removed and replaced with a paintable variety. And then just take it, put the knife in the cardboard, and draw it through. Joe Truini: If you’ve ever used paint stripper to refinish a piece of furniture, you know it’s an extremely messy job. The cool thing about this kit is that it includes these tools along with the paint so you have everything you need in one package. Meanwhile, Allen has moved to the back porch to stay out of the rain. You know, we have so many people asking about, “What was that again? Well, I guess we can go ahead and take all the hardware off these first. Danny Lipford: While Jamey recovers from the shock, let’s check in with Joe for a Simple Solution. Danny Lipford: Once the edges are cut in, Stephanie uses a small foam roller to cover the larger flat surfaces. Ashley Fleming: This’ll be the last time you have to look at that. Ashley Fleming: You’ll see later how it’s going to show through the final finish. Danny Lipford: But that will come a little later after all this primer has dried.
Stephanie Ward: So we’re going to use this granite paint to make our counters look like granite. Take a cardboard box, and cut a slit in it with a utility knife that’s slightly longer than the width of your putty knife. Danny Lipford: All right, you’re getting to the point of no return now, huh? Ashley Fleming: Yeah, all the edging with the foam brush. Stephanie Ward: So another reason why I’m excited about getting this done is because I have stains on my counters.