Spray Painting Laminate Counters for a Stone Look • AD Aesthetic

Spray Painted Bathroom Counter

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Spray Painting Laminate Counters for a Stone Look • AD Aesthetic

Hey there, friends! As I mentioned here, I plan to move a few of my more popular posts from Designing Dawn over here to AD Aesthetic as we go along, so that they are easier to reference. This one in particular was on my list because it was the kickoff for my master bathroom (and bedroom) makeover, and I like the idea of having all the steps in the same place as we go along. So here you go! Reposted from DD— how I painted another counter… this time with stone spray paint. That’s right. I spray painted my bathroom counter. Spoiler: I LOVE IT!!!

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Today’s post is definitely not going to be a pinterest worthy before/after type of post, but I AM pretty excited about it, nonetheless. Because we’ve FINALLY started on the one room in the house we had not touched since we moved in. (And it was bad.) Our master bathroom makeover has begun.

I’m calling this a makeover and not a renovation, because, as much as I’d love to demo the whole thing and start from scratch… see limited funds comments above. So for now at least, I’ve decided to make this ugly duckling into the best little swan it can be, and that means working with what we’ve got. So let’s get going already! Here’s what the bathroom has looked like for the past SIX years (no I can’t believe it’s been that long… now please prepare your eyes):

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I know. Not cute.

I feel slightly defensive about the fact that this room is still in this state, but I will say that we intentionally saved it for last because it is one room that (almost) no one but us ever sees since it’s tucked in the corner of our master bedroom on the second floor of the house. That being said, it is certainly not acceptable and it’s time for a change in the worst way possible. At one point a few years ago, I started painting the vanity the same chocolate-brown as in the guest bathroom, but then changed my mind half way through and never touched it again, so it has looked extra not-awesome for a while now. Don’t be jealous of my sweet bathroom carpet.

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The layout of this room is very long and narrow. It makes it hard to capture in photos, but here is a (not to scale) floor-plan I put together to give you a better idea of what we’re working with.

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As you might imagine, I’ve been thinking about this bathroom quite a bit over the past 6 years of using it in this state. My grand plan would involve tearing out the wall between the tub and shower and framing out the shower with glass. I think this would give the room a much more open feeling, making it seem twice as spacious and not like the strange tunnel it is now. Currently, the wall separating the shower and tub is hallow, which we know because it contains a sliding pocket door. This is good news because it means tearing out that wall wouldn’t involve moving any pluming.

So that is something we’re still considering and trying to budget for down the road, but in the meantime, I think there are a ton of smaller, and relatively inexpensive, projects that could make the room feel much less 1995, which is the goal. Here are my plans in step-by-step style:

  1. Update dated counter top
  2. Paint vanity
  3. Update vanity hardware
  4. New faucets
  5. Remove wallpaper
  6. New lighting fixtures
  7. New mirrors??
  8. Paint walls
  9. Add storage (there is NONE in here!)
  10. Remove carpet/vinyl and add new tile floors
  11. Add modern tile accents around tub, shower, and vanity
  12. Install new hardware (towel bars, shower curtain, etc.)
  13. Fix shower so it’s usable (I’m going to gloss over this for now, but will explain this completely separate issue some other time.. uhg.)
  14. Final decor touches

Does that sound like a lot? It feels like a lot. But let’s just take it step by step and expect to be redoing this bathroom for the next two-three years, ok? On board? Good.

SO… on to item number one. That magenta laminate counter. Wow.

You know I’m not one to shy away from a good counter DIY. My most popular post by far is the one where I painted my kitchen counters. I have since given the same treatment to my guest bathroom counter, and so far both have held up pretty great (read my four-year update and FAQs here), so I did not hesitate when deciding to do the same thing in here, with a bit of a twist this time.

In this room I actually use the counter a LOT so the first priority is making sure they hold up and look good. I’ve had some slight issues with heat discoloring the light counters in my kitchen, and since the majority of my vanity use includes heat styling tools, I decided to go dark on the counters. My second goal was to make them look as natural as possible, and I really wanted a stone look. I found this awesome stone textured spray paint, (affiliate link) and you guys, it was perfect!!

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Painting a Bathroom Counter - DesigningDawn.com

Step one: Prep

I purchased my supplies and taped off the entire area around the counter, making sure to cover the mirror, sinks, and vanity. I know spray paint can get pretty messy, and did not want to deal with over-spray. I should say that part of my plan to make this room look more modern involved removing the very cheap and fake looking back-splash. I was not thrilled with how it turned out in either the kitchen or the guest bath, so this time I just pried it off with a crow bar before starting. I plan to patch the wall and add decorative tile around there later on, so for now, try to overlook the gross yellow-glue look all around the counter. I promise it will be worth it later on. Oh and ignore that screwdriver on the left faucet too. It’s been leaking and I had to wedge that in there to stop it until we replace the faucets. #glamorous

Painting a Bathroom Counter - DesigningDawn.com

Painting a Bathroom Counter - DesigningDawn.com

Step two: Paint

After everything was taped off, I wiped down the counter top to make sure it was clean and ready for paint. I didn’t bother to sand it or anything (#lazy). Then I got to business with the spray paint. It ended up taking me two cans to get full coverage on the counter, but I am so happy with the look. Here is the counter after the paint job.

I’m not sure if you can tell from the photos, but it had a definite rough stone-like texture to it. I’ve actually seen a few tutorials on using this for counters where they just left it at this stage, or maybe added a poly coat and called it good. I think I, personally, would be driven crazy by the texture and inability to just wipe it down easily. I can’t imagine how stuck on toothpaste would ever get completely cleaned off! That being said, if you like the texture and can make it work for you, more power to ya! Stop here and call it a job well done. 😉

Painting a Bathroom Counter - DesigningDawn.com

Painting a Bathroom Counter - DesigningDawn.com

Step three: Gloss Coat

I can’t tell you enough how much I love EnviroTex Lite. As I mentioned, I’ve used this stuff three times now and it gives the most AMAZING glossy finish, and really is relatively simple to apply. I bought one 32oz box for this counter and it was plenty. You just mix together the two bottles in the box according to the directions, and pour it on, spreading it all over the counter with a small foam brush. As it dries, you can either use a torch to pop any bubbles that surface (there should be several if you mixed it correctly) or just grab a drinking straw and use it to aim as you blow lightly to pop the bubbles. It’s super easy.

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I learned in my guest bath adventures that if you don’t add a coat of poly between the paint and the Envirotex step, your counter will darken quite a bit. In this case, I wanted it to darken up slightly, so I let it do its stuff and turned out just as I had hoped it would.

Painting a Bathroom Counter - DesigningDawn.com

Painting a Bathroom Counter - DesigningDawn.com

Step four: Let it dry and enjoy your new counter!

After applying the Envirotex, I just kept an eye on it every few minutes until it was set up (it sets up fairly quickly— about 20 minutes, and is hard within 3 hours, but I’d recommend not using the counter for a few days to let it cure completely). There are usually a few drips down the front, so I just smooth them out with my foam brush as they appear.

Once it was all dry, I scraped off any residue on the sink basin with a razor blade and caulked around both sinks to give a nice clean finish. And finally, here is the finished counter top!

Painting a Bathroom Counter - DesigningDawn.com

As mentioned, I know the counter by itself, while sitting on a gross half-painted vanity with glue residue around the back-splash, is not the most dramatic or pinterest worthy makeover, but I’m already 80% done painting the vanity and adding new hardware and it looks SO MUCH BETTER. You can almost overlook the floral wallpaper and gross carpet! Ha. I’ll share that paint job with you as soon as it’s done, but for now, the first step in the master bath makeover has been taken! Finally!

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  1. Found this off Pinterest. I love your countertop. Love it! I want to do this to my ugly countertops in my guest bathroom but I’m so afraid that I will mess it up. Once I figure out what color I want to paint my vanity, I think I’m going to give this DIY a try.

  2. Yes,I will be trying this in our bathroom and kitchen counters…………

  3. Did you use the 8 oz. size kit? I have a side counter I want to do, which is a PINK/GRAY (Yuk) laminate, about 24 x 40.

    1. Author

      I used a 32oz kit for this counter, but if you’re unsure, I believe each kit tells you how many square feet it should cover.

    1. Author

      Hi! I did not let the epoxy harden all the way before I removed the tape. I let it set up until it’s tacky and then take the tape off.

  4. Hello! I would love to do this to my bathroom counter, but it has an attached back splash (it’s all one solid piece, not two that have been caulked together). I know the epoxy is intended to be used on a flat surface – do you think this will still work/have any suggestions?

  5. Do you happen to remember the name of the color you used? i haven’t been able to find valspar in the home improvement stores in my area so I’m trying to order online. Thanks 🙂

  6. which one between kitchen and bathroom do u suggest was better or easier i have the same issue with my counter tops and am wanting to try this technique is spray paint or the technique you used in the kitchen hold up better

    1. Author

      I haven’t had the bathroom one nearly as long, but durability-wise, I imagine they will be the same, since the top layer is the same on both. As far as looks and ease, I prefer the spray painted counter. It was quite a bit faster and I think it looks more like stone. It really just depends on the look you want though. Hope that helps! 🙂

  7. So glad I found this!! My husband and I just bought a house and the kitchen counters are TEXTURED laminate. Gross. Going start at your step 3 and attempt to make them smooth! 😀

  8. Any idea what the approximate cost was for this project? I love it, but am on a tight budget at the moment.

    1. Author

      I hear that! I want to say the total cost was under $50. The spray paint was about $10 per can and I used two. I got the envirotex for about $20 with a coupon at hobby lobby. Add in a few cheap foam brushes and some plastic tarp to that for right around $50 total.

  9. So my bathroom counter has double sinks – all one surface, unlike yours. Do you think the smoothing process would work down into a sink??

    1. Author

      I wouldn’t recommend using this process inside a sink bowl. It is self leveling and will run down towards the drain. If it gets into the drain and hardens there, it could cause major plumbing issues.

    2. I have the same kind of sink. I spray painted mine as well but used glossy spray paint as well. Ended up using like 3 cans of it to try and get it smooth. It’s pretty smooth on the surface but not as good in the bowl. Plus I used quite a bit of spray so there are a few drips, crap. But it’s not too terribly noticeable. I closed and taped off my sink plug. I have a pic I can email you, Sara, if you’re interested in seeing it!

  10. Hi Dawn! If the counter top and side/back splashes are caulked together, would you recommend scraping that up before starting this project or is it okay to leave it?

    1. Author

      I think it would work either way. If the caulk is in good shape and not peeling up or cracking, it shouldn’t affect anything.

  11. I absolutely LOVE this idea to rescue my ugly countertops! How would you rate the durability of the countertops with the finish?

    1. Author

      I would say it’s surprisingly durable. I’ve had it in my kitchen for five years and have one small chip in it. Otherwise it looks great!

  12. Ok, we followed every step buts it’s not doing what yours did. It looks the same but when you get up close. It has what looks like bubbles but it isn’t. It’s where the stone texture has made it look bubbly. Does this mean we didn’t put it on thick enough? Do you think we should let it dry and add another coat? We used a heat gun to get the bubbles out and that worked great. Help! Thanks.

    1. Author

      It sounds like it may not be thick enough. The epoxy layer should be fairly thick. I would guess mine to be about 1/8 to 1/4 inch or so. So yes, I would probably try a second coating on your counter. Good luck with your project!

  13. I have a laminate top, but an old ugly oak backsplash on 2 sides…do you think this will work on both wood & laminate, the painting process, excluding the self-leveling gloss…

  14. Well i took a leap of faith and have just applied the first coat (can) of stone spray paint…looks a little blotchy here and there hoping that will be rectified with the second can! Now when you applied the varnish coat….how did you do it? Just poured and let it go and do it’s thing? what about in behind the sink..that narrow gap from the wall to the back of the sink…did you pour a wee bit there and use a foam brush to spread it out and then more on the other side? This is the step that scares me the most!!!

    1. Author

      Yep! You got it. Just pour and help it spread with a foam brush. It’s not as scary as it seems!!

  15. Thanks Dawn for giving me hope for my counters. Your bathroom looks like mine. The colors wouldn’t be bad in one place of my house but they used it on all bathrooms, kitchen and all counters threw the whole house! And to top it off they even have the floors all the same with maroon and white blocking. It was built in 99′ but wow did they overkill this house with the pink/maroon color. I can’t wait till It gets warm so I can start updating. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Hi Dawn. Did you end up sanding after applying the spray paint, but before the gloss application? Thank you for sharing.

    1. Author

      Nope! I just went right to the epoxy finish. I didn’t want to sand off any of the paint and have the counter show through. The envirotex is self leveling and should be put on about an eight to a quarter inch thick so it covers any texture in the paint nicely. 🙂

  17. How did you seal the edge of the counter since the product is self leveling? I want to try this in our kitchen, the backsplash is wood, do you think if I removed it then painted and sealed, I could then reinstall it?

    1. Author

      I think that would work, yes. For mine, I just brushed it on thinner on the vertical parts and kept touching it up until it set enough to not drip off. It definitely doesn’t have the same smooth glossy finish as the counter-top though. It dries with more of a pebbled look to it on the vertical areas.

  18. Is the epoxy finish food grade? Would love to try this in our kitchen, but from my reading you definitely need to use “food grade” finish there

    1. Author

      I’ve had it in my kitchen for about 5 years now with no issues. It is used on bar surfaces quite a bit also. I would check the envirotex website to be certain, but if memory serves, I believe the company states that once cured, it is FDA approved as safe for food prep and casual contact surfaces like counters, however should not be used on extended contact surfaces, such as cups or plates.

  19. So I tried it! Looks good except in the center…thought I gave the spray paint enough time to dry buy it wiped some parts off which made sort of like a ripple effect. I tried spray painting over the epoxy and it helped a little…any other suggestions?

    1. Author

      Oh no! It’s hard to say without seeing it but you could try sanding it down and doing another layer of spray and then epoxy. I haven’t tried that though, so I can’t say for certain if it would turn out the way you’d like.

  20. It turned out better than I thought! You can tell a slight difference in the pattern but it actually makes it look more real looking! Thanks Dawn, excited to look at more projects!

  21. Sounds like a good idea for an old dresser top or buffet, or maybe an old patio table. hmmmm…..!!

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  23. I love this idea! Great tutorial! I would like to try this on my kitchen counters, but they have a curved front edge. Do you think this would still work, or would it spill over the edge? Or could I block it somehow? Just trying to think through problems I may have. Thanks!

    1. Author

      I would think it would still work, but may be a bit tricky, and you’d have to watch it closely for drips while it sets up. Maybe a line of tape on the underside of the counter edge to catch any drips while it sets? That’s probably what I would try. 🙂

  24. So beautiful! Can you tell me how it holds up to water spots/ splashes? Worried if I don’t see it and wipe it up fast enough….

    1. Author

      I can tell you without a doubt that it holds up to water very well. My husband is notorious for not cleaning up after himself, and I’ve never had any issues at all. I’ve also done this in my kitchen, and have had a few stains with juice not getting wiped up right away, but have always scrubbed them out with a magic eraser, which seems to work just fine. Hope that helps!

  25. Hello Dawn just a question on that Envirtex how does one cover the sides of counter top with it? Do you brush it on or help it go down sides of counter with sponge brush

  26. Hey dawn I did a stone texture and used envirotex but had issues thought it was dust…looked like bubbles but wasn’t as they didn’t come out with the torch. Realize now, maybe didn’t pour thick enough? So we started sanding…cause again thought it was dust…now I want to add some glitter…do I need to texture spray all over again or can I mod podge glitter on the sanded envirotex and re-apply the envirotex…or better yet, can I mix the glitter into the envirotex ? So disappointed cause it looked awesome aside from all the bumps
    Thanks for your help

    1. Author

      I would think you could probably go either way! The envirotex should just cover over whatever you put under it, so I don’t see why you couldn’t modpodge the glitter on first. I’ve never thought about using glitter mixed into the envirotex but that could be cool too, although maybe more likely to leave you with bumps again. Good luck!

    2. I had the exact same problem! What I thought was air bubbles….and i used a blow dryer on low but high heat and what i really did was move the settled “stone” all over the counter which at the time i thought it was air bubbles so it then struck me it was the stone spray settlement….I knew i was going to have to sand it down and start over…..I haven’t done that yet! BUT i will tell you I did add very minimal graphite glitter and LOVE how that turned out!!!! With mine going dark gray with the enviro lite its shiny….but man you have to be careful if you get water on it…it will mark it…..if you go lighter it wouldn’t be a problem!

  27. I’m also going to try this but have the kind of countertop that goes up at the back like a small backsplash….maybe 2-3 inches up. And was wondering how you get the envirotek on that part and also on front edging piece. Do you sponge it on and if it’s self levelling how do you stop if all from running over this edge.

    1. Author

      Hi Stephanie! I used a sponge brush to brush it on the vertical edges and just kept touching up any drips until the envirotex set up enough to not drip. It doesn’t come out as smooth as the horizontal surfaces for sure, but it isn’t bothersome to me. I talk about this and show some closer up images in my countertop FAQs post if you want to glance at that. It might help out! Good luck with your project. http://adaesthetic.com/faqs-painting-countertops/

  28. Hi. I am concerned about the popping bubbles. If I can do it with out running what I just did or if I miss one. Also what about applying between paint for a lighter finish? If you could explain so I do it right. Also I was thinking of doing this on a plywood board that we would place as a back splash under kitchencabinets once dry. I wonder how that would work?

    1. Author

      Hi there! I think using this on plywood for a backing could work if you are able to attach it to the wall. Maybe liquid nails? I don’t know that applying the epoxy between coats of paint would work. I guess I’m not sure what you mean by that. The epoxy is the final step, as it seals in all the paint for a hard, durable glossy finish on the counters. As for the bubbles, it is hard to mess up the epoxy when it’s still wet, because it self levels. Missing some of the bubbles is possible, but the few that I have missed haven’t bothered me at all. They are very small and difficult to even notice. Hope that helps!

  29. Did you scrape off the caulk around the sinks before you painted?
    Or did you just caulk over it once the counter was dry?

    Did you use the same poly on your kitchen counter tops? I’d love to redo my kitchen counters and if the poly is food safe then I will def look into it all! I am excited to present these ideas to my husband!!! Thank you for your help 🙂

    1. Author

      Hi there! Yep, I scraped off all the caulk beforehand, and then re-caulked around the sinks once it was dry. And yes, I used the same process in my kitchen. I’ve had it in my kitchen for about 5 years now with no issues. It is used on bar surfaces quite a bit also. I would check the envirotex website to be certain, but if memory serves, I believe the company states that once cured, it is FDA approved as safe for food prep and casual contact surfaces like counters, however should not be used on extended contact surfaces, such as cups or plates. Hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Author

      If you want to, you can apply the poly after you paint and before the epoxy. I’ve noticed that the epoxy tends to darken the paint quite a bit and that step seals the paint so it stays truer to the original color. I did that on my kitchen counters, but skipped that step on this one because I wanted a darker look. Hope that helps! 🙂

  30. I can’t wait to get started!! I’m starting off in the small bathroom. Lol the Guinea pig room…
    Whoever built this place had country blue fever. EVERY counter in the house is Country blue.
    Not to mention wall to wall blue carpet throughout the house!!
    Floors have been redone already. That was the first project. Now to get rid of the Blue!!
    Thanks for the help!

  31. What do you suggest for a vanity top that is a solid piece? I read about the possibility of this running into the drain.Is there another option to update an existing vanity?

  32. I have my counter all sprayed but seems like it’s taking forever for the spray to dry? I’m scared to put the poly in because I really don’t want to smear what I just did. How long did you wait after spraying to put the poly layer on?

    1. Author

      I ended up letting the spray paint dry overnight before moving on to the next step. Good luck with your project!

  33. I see you used two can of paint. Did you do two coats of paint (letting it dry between) or just use two cans to cover the whole counter? I am so excited to try this and will be buying everything this weekend! Thank you!

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