We loved it. I was ready to stop there. It was just looking so good. Isn’t that funny? I think there is a life lesson in there about potential. About how we might think something is really good, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying/working at it/giving it our best–because that good could turn into something even better–that you could have never imagined. That’s life our countertops. There were a few key products we used. For the sealer coats, we used Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish (it came with the countertops). We applied it with a paint pad (shown in the center, picked up at Home Depot) and then buffed it into the grain with an old, clean t-shirt.
For these coats, we didn’t buff it in with a t-shirt, but just put it on thick with the paint pad (we used a new pad for each coat) and then went over it again pulling the pad in a straight line the distance of the tops without lifting it.
The timeline for the project went something like this: we received the countertops last Tuesday, cut them down, sanded them, sealed the underside–twice!, installed them, sealed the tops–three times!, and put two top coats on and now, a week and a half later we’re done. Not bad, right? We’re really happy with that timeline and head-over-heals with the results.
And yes, a backsplash is coming. Let’s talk about that and our new sink and faucet next week.
Happy weekend, friends!
Psst. We partnered with Craft Art for this project. All words, opinions and sweat are ours, all ours!
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