In continuing with our small budget, big impact series, today we’re talking about countertops! While we can all agree that a coat or two of fresh paint in an updated shade can be a simple way to change the feel of an entire space without costing you a fortune, we also believe that replacing your countertops can be a quick and inexpensive way to achieve a new look. Imagine guests walking into your updated space thinking that you have undertaken a complete remodel – only to be amazed when they find out that new countertops are the only change you’ve made!
Now we know you may be thinking, “Didn’t they say SMALL budget?” Yes, we did! These days, a complete replacement of countertops can rack up a bill into the thousands. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Countertops can be an inexpensive part of any renovation – you just have to know the look you’re after, and be willing to remain flexible as you select the material and design that will most closely fit that look while staying within your budget.
A Look that is Totally You
From bathrooms to kitchens, breakfast areas to laundry rooms, countertops set the stage as a “work area” or a place for displays. You want something that is both beautiful and functional. Because of the wide array of options available for countertop surfaces these days, you are sure to be able to find one that fits the design you have in mind without causing you to break the bank.
These days, laminate is available for countertops that replicates the look of marble or granite – but without the expense! We love laminate for an inexpensive yet beautiful look for a kitchen, laundry room or anywhere you want a lot of bang for your buck.
Another affordable way to update your counter surfaces without replacing them is to refinish with a concrete overlay. Get a stylish new look and stay within your budget! Drying time can take a few days, so keep that in mind when you are planning out the schedule for your project. Guests may think you’ve spent a fortune on new stone – but you’ll know the secret. Check out the details on this DIY project from Modern Builds. http://www.modernbuilds.com/diy-overlay-concrete-countertops/
Using your current countertops as a template, wood can be sanded, stained and sealed to give your space a classic, but updated, look. Even using wood from an old family home or a worn-out piece of furniture passed down through the generations can make for a design that is unique and thoughtful.
It won’t last forever, but paint is a quick way to cover up a look you simply don’t adore. There are even painting kits available that can give off the look of a stone finish. Because paint can chip, you’ll want to complete the project with a sealant or top coat. So why not give those freshly baked holiday cookies a beautiful new backdrop to cool upon?
As you know, City Home Center offers a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes of tiles. Typically used for back splashes or flooring, what about stepping outside of the box and creating drama through texture, using tiles for countertops? We love the sleek look using subway tiles shown in this photo from abeautifulmess.com. It’s simple, but delivers great impact.
A Little Help from Your Friends
Even with a DIY, don’t be afraid to consult a professional for assistance. You want to make sure you are measuring correctly, and that you understand the techniques involved with the surface type you choose. It’s also important to use the proper tools and supplies (glue, grout, sealant, etc.). In addition, you’ll need the right types of products for the job (think food-safe sealants if you are working on kitchen countertops). Beginning a project without knowing what you’re in for can cause you to end up needing to start over again from scratch, essentially negating any cost savings you expected from doing the project yourself.