Updating Formica Counters And Backsplash On A Budget

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

Well hello my dear readers, it has been a while since I've written a blog post and I'm excited to be back! It's always so fun to share a DIY that was both easy and affordable with you and I'm always excited to see who tries it out for themselves. Our little kitchen has come a long way since buying our house. It started very dark and brown with outdated appliances and awful flooring... a picture for proof.

When we first moved in I hired someone to paint our counters white- what a difference that made. It was enough to tie me over for a few more years but the time came to finally update the outdated Formica and backsplash.

Decisions, decisions, picking out kitchen details were harder than I expected. Since I couldn't land on a set idea, after seeing this on Instagram on my friends' page @via_justine I HAD to try it. Painted countertops sounded easy enough and guess what it truly is! Best part? If we do change our minds down the road we can just replace them but now I can smile looking at them. So let's get to it we will start with the counters first.

The paint used is Rust-oleum's Appliance Epoxy ultra-hard enamel. It is washable and moisture resistant and creates a smooth and glossy finish! First up you want to clean your counters well with a brillo sponge. Next up we lightly sanded the counters to remove any extra debris and give it a little grit (no need to go overboard with the sanding.) Lastly, we taped any part we didn't want to be painted and since we were covering the backsplash anyway we didn't have to worry about that.

Be sure for this project that you purchase foam paint rollers and a paint brush for details. The paint goes on thin and smooth. Do your first coat and let it dry for a couple of hours then do your second coat and let it dry for 24 hours. After the 24 hours, you will apply your 3rd and final coat. Be sure to let your counters dry completely for 48+ hours and be very careful not to set anything on them until fully dry. Use precaution with your new counters such as always use cutting boards and keep extra paint for knicks and stains.

Can I just say that I am a terrible painter and this was something that I could do! The crisp white made the kitchen bright and they're truly beautiful! For the backsplash, we went with a brick paneling found at Menards! I would suggest going into the store and looking at different paneling and pick one that you love. You could get creative as you like and do a German schmear look with red faux brick.

I cannot take any credit for this part and by the sounds of it from my husband working- it was a bit frustrating. You will need a skill saw, measuring tools, caulk gun, and a lot of patience. Jacob did an amazing job and both glued and nailed the backsplash on. I cannot believe what a difference this all made! Our kitchen may be tiny, but she sure is cute now!

We've still got some hardware to finish, and a sink to install but I was too excited to share with you all! We are also painting our bottom cupboards because dogs... and we're thinking a shade of blue- so stay tuned for that.

More details-

Light fixture: click here

Runner rug: click here

Tea Towel: Click here

Round hardware: Click here

Best DIY yet and totally affordable at $75. I am so happy with how this all turned out!

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