Really, they're bad. The original counters were installed in 1994 the year the house was built. A couple years ago I decided to believe a Pinterest lie and I painted my counter tops as a cheaper alternative to replacing them.
There actually is no alternative possibility of replacing them. It's just way too out of my nonexistent budget.
I really liked the way the counters looked painted and I was so proud of myself!
For about a week.
|Peeling paint over old counter tops|
And then the places on the counter tops that got the most use started peeling and flaking. And it got
worse as time went on. And then more worse.
I am honestly embarrassed by the looks of my kitchen counters.
A realtor friend told me about the new trend of self adhesive granite film. It's like old fashioned shelf paper, but more durable and for the counter tops.
At just $10 per roll I figured if it didn't work I wasn't out anything major.
But, of course, I did my due diligence first.
I read the product reviews, watched a couple YouTube tutorials, and followed the pre-cleaning instructions.
And then I opened the first roll. Here is what I learned:
- A 17.71" x 78" roll is not as much as you think it is and does not cover as large an area as you think it will.
- Using a DVD case to push out any air bubbles (as recommended by the YouTube tutorials) actually makes small scratches in the brand new granite-looking paper.
- Which leads me to believe it is, in fact, not more durable than shelf paper.
- I am unable to cut in a straight line.
- Air bubbles are not easy to see when looking down, but are really visible when looking from the side.
- I think the YouTube lady lied about how easy this would be.
After all that, I'm undecided whether I like the new look or not. Obviously it's better than the old wore out look. And I will probably like it more once it is complete.
I ran out of paper so there are some patches not covered. I'm going to wait a couple weeks though before buying more just to see how durable it is.
What happens after it gets wet? After someone puts a hot pot on it? Or doesn't use a cutting board? How well is the self adhesive stick? Will the edges start to peel up?
If any of the above isn't good, I'm not sure what to try next.
|I think it looks good. I'm a little concerned about the corners|
peeling up though.
|I'm going to leave it looking messed up for a|
couple weeks to see how durable it is before
I finish the project.