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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Laundry Room - DIY Countertop Part 1 - The Fitting

I am so excited today to share my $30 counter top!!!
 Let me start by saying I wanted a marble counter top because it would look sooooo good!!! 
 It wasn't a real big area so I went to see what it would cost. 
For Carrara marble it would have cost $650 and for another light colored marble it was going to cost $530!
That was so not the Batchelor Way!!
So, I thought I would just put in laminate that looked like marble.  I got quotes for $214 and $288 not including installation!!  Then I searched and found a guy who would build it on site for $150!  
We had pretty much decided that that's what we were going to do, but just for kicks we decided to check out the Restore. 
Thanks to the Restore this is the story of my $30 Faux Marble Counter top.

The problem was that our counter was an odd size.  Instead of the usual 24 inches deep we needed it 36 inches wide and almost 5 foot long.  We actually found two counter tops that had once been kitchen islands or peninsulas and each was big enough to carve out our strange shape.  We opted for the rounded edge because we figured it would show less wear and tear with all our kids.  
No corner edge to bang things on!!
We bought it for $5!!
 Here she is in all her raw beauty!!
You can't tell by the picture, but is is a light goldish-blochy color.

The first thing we did was cut the counter to fit our space.  Les used a radial hand saw and straight edge to cut the basic square.  Then I used a jig saw to cut out the "L" shaped arm.  We scribed the "L" shaped area to get a really close fit.  Nothing was really square so scribing was vary important!!!

We made cleats made from scraps of wood, mounted them to the wall, and set her in place!! 
Yeah that was angels singing!!
(But only after hours of trimming.)
We couldn't ask for a better fit.  

It looked pretty good, and at this point, I must admit, I thought about just leaving it.  I was a little chicken about the faux finish, but the icky blemish or hole right in the middle-front of the counter top was rather ugly.  I knew every time I looked at it I would remember what a chicken I was.  So I kept moving toward my original goal.

I filled that icky hole with wood filler and sanded it smooth. 
Then I used the pieces of scrap counter top to make sample boards. This way I could screw up those boards without screwing up my big counter top.!!

Not too bad!!
What do you think so far?  Have I really gone too far this time?
I'll be back to show you how I faux painted the counter!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love your faux finish, it is looking fabulous. I am totally impressed. Can't wait to see it all done. Hugs, Marty

Pine Tree Home said...

Wow. Can't wait to see how you pulled this off. Looking good.

OrangeBlossom said...

Amazing! Looking forward to how you painted it!

Wolf Teacher said...

Sister Batchelor, you are nothing short of amazing! And inspiring to the max!

Mikey said...

Hi there! I'm very excited to find your marble countertop tutorial! I was wondering if the painting method you used would work directly on existing royal blue laminate countertops? Or is there anything I need to take into consideration? Thanks!