“Never underestimate the power of paint.” This is a common saying in the world of interiors, and as far as your home goes, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way in making everything look bright and new.
But there’s one area where this saying doesn’t hold true, and you would be better off not following this golden rule. We’re talking about your kitchen and bathroom countertops.
So, what do you do when like everything else, they too begin to show signs of wear and tear, which can affect the overall look of your kitchen or bathroom? We’ll tell you the best solution.
Here’s Why You Should Not Paint Your Countertops
Granite countertops are popular in kitchens and bathrooms for a reason. They not only look stunning but are also available in a variety of colors and patterns that cannot be replicated with other natural stones.
Add to this, granite’s incredible durability, the fact that it’s resistant to scratching, stains, and heat, and is difficult to damage, making granite an option you cannot go wrong with. That said, you should avoid painting them when they too start to look a little worn or outdated.
Painting granite countertops involves far more effort than simply buying a can of paint and getting to work with a brush. For one, paint does not easily stick to granite. To make it stick, you need to prepare the surface carefully by etching or roughing the granite to encourage adherence to the paint, which can be done mechanically or chemically.
Then you need to use a specific, high-quality coating that can stand up to heat and water to complete the job. None of this is easy to do without the right expertise, knowledge, and equipment (unless you have a high appetite for risk). And when you call in the experts, the amount you’d be spending would be far better used to replace your countertop completely, which will immediately transform your space more aesthetically and safely than a risky paint job.
There are more disadvantages even if the paint were to stick. For one, paint, irrespective of the kind, is not as durable as granite itself and is likely to crumble.
Additionally, it’s not completely water-resistant, and will start getting stained and flaking off the minute it starts absorbing water, which is again thoroughly impractical.
Countertops With a Leather Finish
Many people choose to go for a leather finish when it comes to their granite countertops. Leathered finish on granite countertops was originally developed for exterior usage.
The finish is achieved by using special brushes that eat away at the softer material, leaving behind only the harder elements. It leaves your granite countertops with a subtle yet elegant textured finish that is very durable, low maintenance, and easy to clean.
Many of our clients have been installing granite countertops with leathered finish in their kitchen and bathrooms to provide the space with subtle texture and something new to the room!
To put a leathered finish on your existing countertops, they would need to be removed and brought to a stone fabricator that offers this service. Make sure they have the right CNCs to perform this service as it is not possible to provide a consistent finish along the whole surface by hand.
Contact Us Today
For all the reasons listed above, when it comes to painting your granite countertops, it’s far better to just not do this. If you really need a change, maybe replacing them entirely is the answer.
At GranitePro, not only do we have the expertise to do just this, but we also have options to suit any space, look, or design you have in mind. So don’t worry about trying to fix your countertop with paint. Instead, contact us today to see how we change the look of your space with stunning stone countertops we install for you from scratch.