As styles and tastes change over the decades it can be pretty easy for the decor in your home to go out of style or for homeowners to seek something different. As you start to change up your home it can be important to keep in mind how the renovation or decoration will age over the years, unless you’re into remodeling every couple of years.
For a recent project, I decided to create my own Coffee bar which will come in another blog post later on. But before I could tackle that coffee bar I had to fix up the cabinet that I would be using for it.
This old counter-style microwave stand was a great size for what I was looking for and offered storage for coffee and more. The outside is made from hardwood and I will be replacing the door pulls but leaving the hardwood as is for now. The countertop however I decided needed to go. It was an older brown fake marble-looking counter that with the hardwood just had an outdated feel. To match the light colour scheme of my kitchen I decided to turn the brown countertop grey and looked up a few ways to do this in preparation.
Rather than turning to something like paint or epoxy I decided I wanted to go a less permanent route in case I decided to make changes to my kitchen decor in the future. This led me to vinyl. Now I’m sure you’re thinking that you’ve seen the usual vinyl counter wraps and if you are a fan of something that looks simple and stylish the traditional version of this that you use to be able to buy off a giant roll at the hardware store may not be what you’re looking for. Personally, I am not a fan of the fake vinyl wrap marble look or a pattern so I went with a plain matte light grey.
I purchased my vinyl online, not from a hardware store, but a craft store, more specifically a vinyl craft store that sells sheets and rolls of vinyl for cutting machines like the Cricut or Cameo craft machines. At just $15 for a 12 in by 5-yard roll of vinyl I had more than enough to work with for my small counter and was thrilled with the look of the matte vinyl rather than a glossy finish. I picked a removable vinyl to give myself the option to change it up later if I want without having to worry about using goo be gone or scraping the original countertop.
Now, on to the DIY! Rather than going vertically front to back on the counter, I found that I would need fewer sheets and it would be less noticeable to go horizontally, which only required three lengths.
I cut and measured the vinyl to the right length then peeled back one edge height-wise on the vinyl, lined it up with the edge of the counter, and stuck it down. With the edge lined up and stuck down I slowly smoothed the vinyl swiping back and forth with my finger to make sure there were no bubbles as I went further. Another alternative to using your finger to do this would be a piece of paper towel you press on the vinyl with or something sturdy like a credit card to make sure everything is flat. I would not recommend peeling the entire backing off at once, instead let it come off as you go, as seen to the right.
At the end of the first sheet, I had left a bit of extra vinyl just to ensure that it would be enough length. Leave this for now and I will come back to it. Moving on to the next sheet I used the same process but made sure that I lined the beginning edge up with the top of the first sheet stuck down and the sides. Watch the other sheet as you go to make sure you are staying in line so there are no gaps or major overlap which would be visible. When done, leave the extra as with the first sheet.
Now, this is where I saw problems but it was due to the back lip that goes up on the counter I had to work with so most counters may not have this. From my experience, It would be best to cut thinner strips and lay them the same as the previous one if you have to go up a lip on the back of the counter. Use a fingertip or card to make sure the vinyl gets on the corner all the way so there are no pockets and be careful not to rip or stretch it. Stretching can happen fairly easily if you are tugging or pulling the vinyl with your fingers in one direction without the backing to stabilize it. Once up and around the back lip I trimmed the back overhang and took care of the bit of extra on the sides that I mentioned before, with a box cutter but you can use an Exacto knife or a very sharp paring knife if preferred. Just be careful not to put too much pressure so the knife doesn't slip.
And that’s it!
A quick and easy countertop that gives your counter a completely new feel and style.