It’s week 7! The One Room Challenge is almost complete!
Whew, it’s been a long journey getting my laundry room completed – and I can finally see the end! I got all of my major “To-Do’s” on the list checked off. I was hoping to take the last couple of weeks a bit slower and just put everything together except things don’t always go as planned.
Last week we shared how we painted our cabinets with Fusion Mineral Paint to transform the dated oak to something more along my style. Even though painting cabinets is always time-consuming it all went pretty smooth actually. What we didn’t plan for was the look of the small counter top by the sink going from a beige color with the oak, to a super pink undertone when I changed the cabinets to white!
Here it is “Before” while it still looked beige-ish.
And this is “After” the cabinets were painted where you could see the pink undertone!
I ALMOST freaked out… it wasn’t in the budget right now to get new counters anywhere in the house. And honestly I want to wait until we can get a new washer and dryer and then put a full counter and folding area above a new front loading washer and dryer set. That plan is for later and couldn’t happen right now. So instead I had to think of a solution to get rid of the pink counter without it costing me a lot.
I immediately asked Vicki her thoughts and she suggested painting it! If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen my “story” about the counter looking pink. I put up a poll and it was almost unanimous to paint it! (Thanks for all those who voted!)
So here it is: How I painted my counter with Fusion Mineral Paint!
Begin by cleaning it really well so any dirt and grime is off. Then scuff sand it. Since this was such a tiny area I knew it wouldn’t take much to get it finished.
Since my counter top is laminate I then painted on a primer so my paint would get the best adhesion possible. I used a primer I had on hand at my house but you could use the “Ultra Grip” which is made to act like a bonding primer under Fusion Mineral Paint. It is necessary to use a primer based product for any slippery or shiny surfaces like laminate, glass, or melamine.
Once the primer was dry I could then begin painting! I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the color “Ash” which I already had at my house from a previous project. Vicki suggested the dark Charcoal color to tie in with my new knobs on my cabinets and some of my decor that I plan to use in this space.
I did two full coats of the “Ash” waiting 2 hours in between coats to make sure I had good adhesion. Fusion doesn’t normally need to be sealed since it has a built-in topcoat, but since this counter top was by a sink I use a lot I decided to seal it with an exterior grade sealer to protect it from water. THIS is what I used. (I have also tried this sealer over a Fusion white and it didn’t yellow! So go with this good brand) It also gave my counter a nice little satin sheen as well!
And there we are – no more pink counter! Oh I am so relieved to get that done, but now I don’t think I’ll be able to paint any other cabinet in the house until we can get countertops! Oh that makes me sad…
Let’s take a quick look at what we have accomplished in this room!
Paint the walls Paint the cabinets New light fixture New rug(s) Paint drop leaf table and use for a folding table
- Paint the mirror or replace
Paint the gold towel bar
Projects we added
Board and Batten wall Painted Counter
We just have the mirror and decorating left, I would say that’s pretty darn good! I’ve had to change my idea for the mirror a bit so we will see if Vicki and I can come up with something cute. Otherwise tune in next week for the final REVEAL! I can’t wait to share it!
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