Enter my sister-in-law Mary. She is starting a side business called Fantasy Faux. She loves to faux-finish anything that isn't moving or breathing. Her first love is furniture re-do, but she also can do countertops. Guess who she chose to be a guinea pig and practice on? Moi, Myself, Me!
Here are a couple of before shots...the countertops were supposed to be neutral...
So, the first thing we decided to do was try to smooth things over by sanding the fool out of them (pun intended).
Hmm, that didn't exactly work. Talk about resiliency. These 'tops may be mighty ugly, but they were built to last. So on to Plan B. Mary concluded that we would be putting quite a bit of layers on top of them...that would smooth things out anyway. First step, primer.
...aaaaaand buh-bye pink! I'm loving it already! Now, about that stove. It's going to really be in our way. So we pulled it out, revealing another dark secret...how do you like my red kitchen?
Yeah, I like it too! Much better than the old wallpaper that I lazily never finished painting over! Hahaha. Okay, next step, the base coat. We chose a warm okre/mustard color. Almost too mustardy. I'm craving hot-dogs fo' sho'!!!
Okay, maybe it's not so bad. I guess all these paint fumes are just getting to me! Let's get back to work. The next steps went from exciting to waaaaay scary. I freaked out more than once. Have I made a huge mistake? Have I gone from guinea pig to lab rat? But I know and trust Mary. I have seen her work. So I bit my tongue. Well, until the last night. Anyhoo, enough talk. Let's paint: