This kitchen was in desperate need of some updates. We painted the cabinets a cream color (I had Home Depot match a color from Restoration Hardware that's no longer available). We bought all new hardware and purchased a gas stove. Then, I wanted to do something with the counters. I love the look of soapstone but that was a bit pricey. Chalkboard looks similar to soapstone, so I decided to try and paint my counters with chalkboard paint.
Now, this is how I did it....
What you will need:
I first sanded my counter-tops down with 100 grit sandpaper. I then wiped them clean to make them ready for paint.
I used two different paints for this project:
2. Black chalkboard paint 1 quart $14 Lowes
*If you are concerned about the chalkboard paint being food safe you could always put a clear nontoxic coat over it or get This Paint! It is 100% nontoxic, VOC free & allergy free. I contacted the manufacturer and they said it's food safe! I don't eat my food from my countertop so I'm not worried about any toxins getting in my food. Do what feels right for your family.
I couldn't have done this DIY without these Shur-Line 06652 Mini Twist and Reach Roller & Quali-Tech 6MT025-12 6-Inch Pack Mini Rollers (above)They are small enough that they are easy to work with and they leave a little bit of texture so it looks like stone. They used to be available at Lowes but they no longer sell the roller frame anymore. These little roller frames (Shur-Line) will save your back and arms. I use them all the time. I even used them to paint my kitchen cabinets and all the walls in my house.
First, I painted a coat of black countertop paint and let it dry completely(overnight). This is how it looked below:
Black satin countertop paint (base).
It had so much sheen you could see yourself in them. It brought me back to the 80's, not the look I was going for.
Then, we painted the counters with the chalkboard paint, using the same rollers as the countertop paint. We waited another night and by morning they looked gorgeous! I was so relieved how they turned out. It took me two days to complete the whole project, a weekend with paint drying.
I really love how the chalkboard counters came together. It really makes a statement. Plus, I get to write messages to my husband, grocery lists & recipes on it. How neat is that? It's very easy to clean but I do have to say that it shows every piece of dust, flour and crumb so you have to clean it all the time. I am a bit of a clean freak as it is, so that part doesn't bother me.
It only cost about $50!! Can you believe it? I have been wanting to paint so many other things with this paint. It is ingenious. I wish I had taken more photos but I hope this gives you a good idea of how you can do it yourself. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I will try and answer them to the best of my ability.
* Since this post I have written an updated post about the maintenance of the countertops and your questions answered. You can view it HERE!