How to Paint your Corian Countertops to Look Like Marble | Raising A Farmhouse

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How to Paint your Corian Countertops to Look Like Marble

I have been meaning to post this tutorial for quite some time now. but just never
 got around to actually writing it up.

When I decided to paint my counter tops, which I have done before in our rental home, I never could find anything about anyone painting Corian in the history of EVER.
Everything was about formica.

So I knew if I did it, I would be flying blind on whether or not it would work or hold up.

So after much debating, I said "screw it, I'm doing it!"

I am happy to say that six months later they are holding up well.

If you remember, this is how my bathroom started out here

So without further ado, I'm going to show you how to get your
 Corian counter tops to look like Marble.

First and foremost, Clean your counter tops really well.

Then get your orbital sander and low grit sand paper, I think I used like 60 or 80, 
the lower the number the grittier it is.

This will give your paint something to adhere to.

Give an all over good sanding.

Tape off your faucets if you can't or don't want to take them off.

Most Corian counter tops will have the integral sink, I taped it off and painted right up to it.

I haven't had any issues with water or peeling or anything like that.

Clean the sanding dust off the counter top.
For my base coat, chose any oil based epoxy paint.
I used this.

Give a good thin coat.

For areas behind the faucet that my roller couldn't get to, I used a bristle brush.

Let dry for a few hours and you can apply your second coat. Let dry to touch.

Now here comes the fun part.

You are going to need black acrylic, white acrylic, sponges, a feather and a spray bottle.

I used a q-tip to stir my paint... don't ask me why I took a pic of that..
 but at the time it seemed relevant for some odd reason..

I started off mixing a very light grey for my base stroke and applied it with the sponge and just randomly went all over the counter top  with this.

Once I had a good pattern going, I mixed up two different greys, one medium and one dark.

I started doing detail lines over the light grey areas.

If my lines got harsh I lightly sprayed the water and it softened up the lines.

Just keep working your pattern out. Don't worry about messing it up, worse case scenario... 
it's paint.. 
you can redo it!

You can go as heavy or as light.. some people like it really subtle..I like it bold.

Do what works for you.

When I was done, I let it dry over night and then sealed it with a concrete clear gloss sealer that I got from Lowes.
I'm not going to lie to you tho, any sealer is going to slightly yellow over time.

It's been six months and mine are still very white, however not as white as these pics.
Don't be fooled by the high end sealers or that Envirotex epoxy crap that looks super insane to work with. Believe me anything clear over white with time will yellow... slightly, and I mean very slightly.

I decided before I did this that I could live with it versus shelling out thousands of dollars for something I would probably stain with hair dye anyways.

I think it looks pretty dang good tho.

So there you have it, from gross Corian to chic marble, 
for a minuscule fraction of the cost.

By the way, I am still loving my navy cabinets.
It was a really bold move especially for my very neutral house.

If you have any questions regarding the process of the counter tops
 feel free to leave a comment or email me!

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