Countertop Transformation




   Counterfeit countertop ? Depends on how you look at it - Is it real marble ? No. Does it look like real marble? It sure does!

Epoxy can mimic the aesthetic of natural stone but has loads of added perks. Epoxy is 10x more durable than concrete, you won't find the high gloss shine that the epoxy has in natural stone and the significant lower price point never hurt anyone.

We are completely obsessed with how the countertops turned out and I'm so excited to share this alternative to making your kitchen gorgeous on a budget without sacrificing quality and aesthetic.













Why we chose Epoxy?

1. It's 100% non-toxic. Safe to eat and cook on.
2. It is SO high gloss that it is reflective! Like a mirror!!
3. The cost is considerably lower than natural stone , I mean like a 1/4 of the price!
4. We could customize it to the exact look we wanted
5. Its UV and Heat Resistant.  Great because of all of the natural light we have from our massive windows not to mention you can literally put on a hot pan on the countertop , not that I would but you could, without it damaging the surface!

HELPFUL TIPS:

1. Use a travel sized spray bottle for a fine mist of shimmer using the FX powder / alcohol mixture. We ended up using this the second time we did the countertops and it was exactly what I wanted! It doesn't leave any circles or drips when sprayed and gives a little sparkle ( not glittery , very natural looking) to the surface!

2. If you are going for a lighter marbled look only use a tiny bit of the FX powder , in my case the color silver,  in your mix . Silver can look super dark super quick! You can also add more powder so more is less in the beginning!

Same goes for the pearl –– we made this mistake the first time around , yikes! I mixed wayyy too much pearl into the alcohol thinking it would show up an opaque pearl white. . . boy ole boy was I wrong! It looked beautiful at first but as the days went on and it cured it looked completely pearly YELLOW! See below , NOT a good look. . .



3. Wear old clothing –– Everything article of clothing I wore to do the countertop down to my underwear (seriously) I no longer own... just FYI !

4. Mix, roll , torch each countertop section at a time –– Especially if you only have 2 people on the job. This prevents feeling the need to rush and then making mistakes.

5. Apply just the Prime Coat to the vertical surfaces ( the edges/ backsplash) 4 hours before starting the flood coat. This is optional but its better to be safe than sorry and I totally recommend it!

6. No "shortcuts" Follow the instructions!!!






Questions? Let me know them in the comments below! 

* This post does contain affiliate links which means I will receive a small commission for any purchases made through them. Thank you in advance for your support! 





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  2. Hi I love your project! I wanted to know why is the temperature so important before mixing? (Step 2)
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  3. wow thank you for your video and all the details. For the veins what paint did you use? We are going to finish our rental apartment kitchen with your same look.

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  4. So what was your total cost? Either I read over it or didn't see it! TIA!

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  5. This is actually the best demo of an epoxy marble countertop. Thank you for all your tips!! I'm encouraged to try it!!

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  6. When can you apply the second coat of epoxy? I have some spots 5(too muddy looking) I want to fix in mine and I just finished the first coat

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  7. Kayla I have researched and researched Epoxy countertops and yours is by far the most beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I have two questions. You say not to use too much metallic pearl. How little is too little? Also is the metallic silver what you used for the veins? If so how did u mix it? Did you use what was left in your bucket? Thanks for your help.

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    1. Thank you so much! No amount is "too little" , it is simply just preference! You can always add more ... but to me "less is more" ! and yes just use the left over in the bucket or what is dripping off the edges!

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    2. Kayla, I just purchased countertop epoxy white marble kits. I'm ready for the process except for the veining. When you used what was left over in the bucket wasn't it white from the base coat color poured in? Or did you mix the powder into the first bucket? thanks

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