Updating a 1984 sailboat is quite fun! (new cushions/fabrics/curtains etc.) I have lots of posts coming for all the revamping with the “pretty” stuff in the cabin. But this post is specifically about the counter tops.
I HATE 80’s faux wood laminate.. well I hate any faux wood laminate but especially from the 80’s..
I was stumped as I couldn’t find a company that would replace the laminate on the boat, vs. at a home so I got crafty and used Contact Paper and Bar Top Epoxy. I LOVE how it turned out and it only cost a whopping $28.
My thinking, “being that if bars have encased all sorts of things in bar tops over the years for thousands of customers and those last”, there is no reason I couldn’t use a little “faux” granite.. i.e. contact paper.. and cover it with the same bar top epoxy and make my own counters look and function well.
What you need:
- Contact Paper with a “Granite” look. any other kind may not blend well as you’ll be using lots of pieces to put the counter top together – you can get all sorts of looks of contact paper here
- Squeegee this helps to get the contact paper down really good as well as spread out the epoxy.
- Epoxy, I used the Rustoleum Super Glaze
- Xacto knife
- UV protected indoor/outoor top coat (since this was for a boat i used outdoor spar urethane in a matte finish)
- timer/stopwatch. I used my phone’s stopwatch
Step 1: lay out your contact paper, I got it over the edges a bit, and used the squeeegee to really get it down flat, keep lifting up and re/laying down until you have no bubbles..
Step 2: around the edges, use the exacto knive to cut off the excess. this helps so that you don’t have to try to measure the contact paper exact, you can have overrun and cut exactly to where you want it off.
Step 3: mix the epoxy following the instructions EXACTLY
Step 4: pour/brush/spread epoxy on the contact paper. I did mine really thin so I used a paintbrush to help brush it all over. Depending on what look you want, you can go really thick or thin. I found that the thinner nice covered coat looks GREAT!
Step 5: let dry for 24 hours,then brush over a coat of polyurethane or spar urethane. I used a satin/matte finish with UV protectant so nothing would yellow.
Step 6: let dry and really get solid for 48 hours. then use your counter!
couple of notes:
- do not put anything over 120 degrees on the counter. basically the same as your old laminate anyhow.
- Move quickly once the epoxy is mixed. it starts to set pretty fast so be decisive and quick.
- Mix more epoxy than you think you’ll need!
Post pics! I’d love to see what yours turns out like
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