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Can I decoupage a countertop?

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

I have an old bathroom vanity that's won't be changed anytime soon, I want to paint the bottom but the counter is that 70's yellow...yuck!!!! Can I decoupage it? Or any other suggestions?
I did find this....
http://budgetdecorating.about.com/od/kitchendecor/ht/Laminate_Paint.htm

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Hi Jen,

The short answer is yes, but. :-)

The problem is the countertop is likely smooth and slick, thus the decoupage
could be peeled off in one piece. No stick. No grip. Of course, this would be fine
if you did not intend to touch or use the sink, but merely wished to cover it up for
cosmetic sake.

You could use a palm sander or hand sand the counter top to make it slightly rough.
This would give it a bit of 'tooth' as they say, enabling the decoupage or paste to
adhere to the sink without slip.

The next issue would be water, so you would have to seal the decoupage beyond
the paper just a bit to ensure the water did not get under your paper. I would think
a good non-yellowing polyurethane would be the best bet for this, even a deck
sealer?

Best of luck,
KM

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

I've seen it done with that pour on thick ?poly? lucite? Any way... they cut the edges off and replaced them with pretty pieces of stained wood after it was dry.

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)


Oooh, Juney, that would look great!

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

It sure did! This was a shop just a short walk from my apartment in Germany nearly 30 years ago, or I would go ask for details.

I think that they painted and decoupaged some fruits and foods on the edges of the customer areas.

Spar varnish is used in wet areas, maybe that is what you'd use. I'd ask at the paint store.

Williamsburg, MI(Zone 4b)

The pour on acrylic would make a waterproof surface, but may scratch. I had an outdoor table that had this on it and once a year I would wax it with acrylic floor way to shine it back up and hide the scratches. In a bathroom it would hold up quite well, just make sure that there is enough caulk around the sink to seal it. The sanding first is a good idea too.

To use the pour on finish, do your regular epoxy with mod poge or whatever. When it is completely dry (at least 24 hours), then you mix the glaze and put it on. If you need to sand the edges, they will be opaque, but you can polish it as smooth as possible and then use the floor wax.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Thanks all!

Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

OH, Please post a picture when completed....Deb

Northeast, OH(Zone 5b)

I know a lady that does faux finishes with cement (concrete). Doors, counter tops and floors. They turn out so beautiful, you would never know that it is just a thin layer of covering. She adds color and tosses some coffee grounds, rock salt or even plant food to pit the concrete and make it look ancient. Then she applies polyurethane to seal it. She can make a fake brick floor that looks like it's a hundred years old!

Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

Our master bathroom jaquzzi tub is surrounded by a concrete design and yes, it's totally cool how they can age the "rock" or make it look like tile, whatever...we love it and it's so easy to clean....Deb

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Nice!

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

I had a counter like yours only mine was pepto pink.. yuk!!! I bought a bucket of broken tile at Lowes for a buck and did a mosaic top .. it turned out great and cost to do it was about 12.00 after buying the glue and grout and wood to finish the edge.
Id post a pic but my camera batteries are dead..sorry

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

ooooo, sounds pretty. Please post a pic when you get some new batteries, thanks!

Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

Yes, Please!!! Deb

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

OKAY!! I got the batteries charged last night .. this is it.. it was my first attempt at anything like this...its an white/ off white/ tan stone like tile that was already busted up.. I just took a chair in the bathroom and played like it was a puzzle and pieced it together I did have to break some up for smaller pieces. Before I did the puzzle I scuffed the counter up so the glue would hold. I glued. grouted then sealed the grout about 3 days later.. then I added wood around the edge to make it flush with the counter edge.. the material used to finish where its up against the wall is the press and stick bath tub edgeing for the floor. A very easy and Cheap fix to an ugly counter
this is a before pic

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Webster, WI

Please get some batteries blkraven! I would love to see it..... I have the same thing Flowerjen, only in my kitchen. I mean I do like yellow but this is an awful yellow! I have these pieces of butcher block that would be enough to redo the whole countertop, but I don't know how I would seal it. I don't want the shininess of epoxy. I would like to just oil it. But, does anyone out there know if this would hold up? And not water stain and koolaid stain etc.........

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

this is the after

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Webster, WI

WOW That was fast! Ask and yea shall receive! It is beautiful!!!
Did you tile around the sink as it was or did you have to lift the sink up to let the tile go underneath it? This is the other thing I've been wondering. Been wanting to do this for years to both the kitchen and the bathroom!

You did a great job!

Orofino, ID(Zone 6a)

I love it!!!! looks great! Deb

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks !I I think I did okay with it seeing I had NO idea what I was doing...lol..! and it holding up real well. I did it about a year ago.
I didnt want to get into the additional labor of having to adjust the faucets and drain when you lift the sink and I didnt have anyone to help me so I just did it up to the edge then filled in with grout. With just one of me here I didnt think itd be a problem but if your bathroom is heavily used by kids and teenagers Id lift it and do it that way. They arent as neat as we are..lol..

Piedmont, SC(Zone 7b)

If you are going to use poly buy the kind for outdoors. They have it a Lowe's. There is a product called FAMOWOOD Crystal Clear Glaze Coat. It is self leveling and is equal to sixty coats of of varnish or poly. I bought it at Lowe's to put on my table after I refinish it.

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

There is some oil that is used on butcher block. Ask at HD or Lowes in the kitchen/bath countertop sales section.

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

OMG! I forgot to say how much I really love that countertop!! What a great T to T!

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Wow, it looks great!

Webster, WI

Thanks for the input Juney and Smokey, I will have to ask at Menards. We don't have home depot or lowes here.

Ocala, FL(Zone 9a)

blkraven2 - your results are gawgeous! Very good job indeed.

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

thank you.. when I got the tile Lowes made me buy all that was broken and it was 11 buckets full!!! I was glad I had the truck that day..lol.. I was so excited about getting it for that price.. My sister just rolled her eyes when I told her what I bought.. (She knows Im crazy but knows I make something of all the junk I buy.lol..) I have since used the tile in making pavers for my yard and in making a table for by the pool this summer.. I still have about 5 buckets left...lol.. but I will use them up ...some how!!!

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