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I painted my kitchen countertops – the ugly duckling house

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No, I didn’t go crazy with the color, but I did use this painting project as an opportunity to figure out how light I would like the countertop to be.В  Did you have to guess which color I chose?В  Yup.В  Gray!В  It’s a sickness, people.

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In all fairness, this painting product from the Rustoleum crew has only sixteen color options.В  Three of them are shades of gray.В  I chose the middle gray tone, called “Gray Mist”.

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During my limited time researching this product, I’d learned from user reviews that this stuff was pretty toxic and would take three full days for the paint to cure.В  Not only that, but the paint would not require priming if I were painting over laminate (which I was) and would stick to just about anything it touches, so it was important to protect anything I did not want to bond with the paint.В  Like my precious floors.В  Three old bedsheets drop cloths later, I was ready to begin.

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Knowing how toxic this little painting adventure would be, I prepared myself with the basic tools:В  gloves, breathing mask, foam roller, etc.

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It’s a good look, don’t you think? (UPDATE: В The mask you should be wearing is more like this. В Please take proper precautions and protect yourself from these harmful fumes. В Do as I say, not as I do.)

I found that the paint stick really came in handy on this project.В  Even though we had a warm weekend (yay!), I had read that the paint consistency would be important if the temps were going to drop lower as the paint dried (per the can’s instructions, you should only use this product when temps are between 50 and 90 degrees for three days in a row).В  I found that the color separated from the tint base quite easily (I’d only bought the paint two days before painting), so stirring it up was key.В  The paint seemed pretty thin as I ran through it with the foam roller (picked for it’s “smooth finish” promises on the packaging), but as I applied it to the countertop, I found the coverage to be quite thick.В  Here’s how it looked after my first coat:

As you can see in the pic, I wasn’t exactly trying to color in between the lines; I just slapped on paint where I saw fit.В  I wasn’t trying to hard to make things perfect or protect anything except the floors or appliances.В  I got too close to the stove only once, and found that if I wiped it up quickly enough, a damp paper towel took care of it fairly well.

Despite my lovely accessories, I could still smell the fumes a little too much.В  Just warning ya, but this. stuff. REEKS.В  I kept the windows open all night despite the dip in temperatures just so the fumes wouldn’t be hanging out in the house while I got ready for work the next day.В  Not exactly the wake up call I would prefer, know what I mean?

Okay, so now here’s what you’ve been waiting for… the before, taken during the day…

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