Kitchen benches can show every style of design, from a classic farmhouse to the most modern and sleek bistro. The cost of custom benches is high, but they’re not your only choice.
If you have a beloved bench that requires a bit of affectionate, tender attention, a thrift store purchase with beautiful lines but a few unflattering colors, or a bench that’s not finished that is awaiting your personal touch. A few coats of paint will provide the design you’re looking for with less than the price.
To give your kitchen a modern and stylish appearance is as easy as painting the benchtop of your kitchen. Try it yourself, and you’ll be amazed at how much a small alteration can bring a huge change. In this article, we will show you how to paint a kitchen benchtop.
Why paint kitchen benchtops?
- Replacing the benchtops will be more costly. Therefore, choosing the cost-effective option of painting the kitchen benchtop can be like getting the big jobs accomplished in a smaller amount.
- Kitchen benchtops that are painted properly are more resistant to moisture.
- Designing innovative designs is possible since there are a variety of colors. It is possible to draw patterns on the benchtop, something that isn’t possible without it.
- The gloss-coated laminates painted with gloss are more resistant to stains.
- More attractive than laminated benchtops.
- Easy to do even for beginner DIY enthusiasts.
How to paint a kitchen benchtop – A step by step guide
First of all, you’ll need to remove all old silicon. This is the stuff that connects your benchtop and tile or the splashback. Make use of a silicon scraper for this task – go into the area and ensure you removed the entire thing out. If you have a problem with stubborn patches, it is possible to try Selley’s Silicone Remover and some sandpaper with 180-grit.
After that, scrub the silicon off to give the area a thorough clean using the help of warm water. The area you want to paint should be as clean of dirt and grimes as you can before you start painting. It must be spotless to ensure that paint sticks well. It isn’t a good idea to have mold spores lingering around before you paint. Remove them off by spraying a mold remover. Beware, the spray is extremely powerful, so be sure to open your windows and put gloves on, and perhaps put on a face mask – particularly when you’re sensitive to chemicals.
After you’ve completed this, use some steel wool and lightly roughen the surface of your bench to help the primer adhere. If you have a shiny surface, you may need to employ sandpaper to do this. Once you’re done, wash off the dust and grit, and you’re all set for your primer.
Before applying primer, ensure that you cover all of your edges so that you do not spill paint on the other kitchen areas. Once you’ve done it, it’s time to apply your primer. The primer comes in a tin as well as the additive tube inside its blue lid. Add all the additives to the tin and stir it for two to five minutes. After that, pour the primer into a 110mm tray and take your roller. Begin from one end and then spread the primer across your benchtop that is laminated, and you’ll see the precise location since it appears wet. Give the primer enough time to dry. Eight hours is ideal.
Now is the time to apply your topcoat. Mix it into your container and stir for up or five minutes. Transfer it to a different tray and begin painting. Utilizing a roller, make sure to use long, consistent strokes across the top. You’ll likely prefer brushes for the corners and edges. Apply two coats, and remember that between each coat, you should use an empty roller to glide through the area. This is known as laying off’. It means you’ll get a smooth, even surface. If you would like, you may apply a clear coat of protection on your surface; however, it’s not required.
After the paint is dried, it is time to remove the tape and apply the silicone again. There are a number of techniques to do this, and we did it with gentle pressure on the gun and then moving far away from our bodies. After you’ve done this, you can use the special tool to ensure that it’s smooth and nice.
You’re all done! Now you have an easy, quick, and elegant way to revamp your bench in the kitchen without replacing it.