I don't know about you, but I'm very skeptical of those 'looks just like the real thing' kinds of finishing techniques. Especially stainless and granite wannabes. That's why Tanya's remarks about her recent countertop makeover were of particular interest. The countertop before looks like it was a standard Formica product. Tanya wanted granite, but it was way out of budget, so she decided to use RustOleum's Stone Effects. Here's what she had to say about the project:
You apply it directly to your existing counter top. We followed the steps and at the end we bought the countertop epoxy and what a finish! It looks a lot like granite and it was only $100 (including the epoxy). (Note: Beware, anyone who wants to try this, with all the steps and the drying time for each step it takes about a week to complete and it isVERY MESSY. However, it was pretty inexpensive and looks fantastic.
And here's what the countertop looks like now:
The 'steps' that Tanya speaks of include a primer coat, stone coat and a sealer coat. For more info regarding the process, check out this PDF instruction sheet from RustOleum.