The Granite Look for Kitchen Countertops Is Just a Spray Away

Granite-look countertop via Charles & Hudson's Flickr feed You don't have to install new countertops to upgrade the look of your kitchen--you can buy coating systems that transform your countertops for a fraction of the price. Image: Charles & Hudson/Flickr

Updating the kitchen is probably the costliest project on most home owners’ lists. If it’s not in the budget, we hear all about the quick fixes you can do in your kitchen.

But, thanks to, we’ve found this neat new product, Countertop Transformations from Rust-Oleum, which offers an affordable DIY solution. It’s a coating system to give your laminate countertops the look of natural stone products, like granite. Check out some of these before and after pictures. Though this project can be done in a weekend, it’s not your typical $20 bottle of spray paint, but instead comes with a full kit (tools included) that costs $250—still much cheaper than new granite countertops.

Before you commit to it, check out CasaSugar’s test run, which has great detail and gives it high marks. But in a nutshell, here’s how it works:

  • You’ll first scuff up your counter surface with the kit’s sanding tool.
  • Next, using a roller brush, you’ll apply the adhesive base coat.
  • Then you’ll spray a wetting agent onto the counters to keep the surface wet for the rotary chip dispenser, a nifty little tool that scatters decorative chips that will give the counters that stone look.
  • When you’re done scattering the chips, you’ll use a scraping tool to remove any excess, and then sand the surface again with a provided tool until your counters are nice and smooth.
  • Then you’ll run a wet rag over everything before applying the protective top coat, and ta-da! Your counters will be ready to use in 48 hours.

TIP from CasaSugar: If you want to replace your sink, now is a good time. It’s hard to get an even edge if you try to install one after.

What do you think of these easy “updates?” Have you tried one that backfired badly? Does this sound like something you’d attempt?