What makes this faux soapstone paint treatment even more budget-friendly is that it doesn’t require any kind of special paint or wax.
Latex paint takes a good 3-4 weeks to cure, so keep that in mind before you put the countertop to heavy usage. If you already have black chalkboard paint, you can use it instead of the black latex paint that I used in this project.
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The only paint you’ll need is:
- Black latex paint (I used Lincoln Cottage Black by Valspar. A sample pot would be enough for a small project.)
- White latex paint
**If you are painting over laminate countertops, sand them with 220 grit sandpaper, clean the surface with diluted TSP or TSP substitute, and use Glidden Gripper primer before you start.
- Paint brushes (a regular paint brush, and 2 artist brushes- one fine-tipped and a flat/wide one)
- A spray bottle
- Plastic grocery bags – go ahead and tear the sides open so they lay flat
- Painter’s tape and plastic dropcloth
- Polyurethane to protect the paint finish (I used this matte varnish to mimic the look of real soapstone)
So, now I’ll show you how easy it is to get the look of soapstone at just a fraction of the cost!
The countertops and shelves in the kitchenette cabinet are made of 1/2″ birch cabinet grade plywood. They are faced with 1″ thick boards ripped down to 1-1/4″ to hide the sides of the plywood and to give the countertop the appearance of being thicker. Soapstone countertops are typically 1-1/4″ thick.
The plywood comes pre-primed on one side but I went ahead and gave it a coat of tinted primer making sure I primed all sides and around the sink and faucet opening in case it came in contact with water.
I’d love to hear where you’d use a faux soapstone paint finish!
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