It's amazing to see what tiles and a brand-new faucet can accomplish!
A bathroom countertop could be among the most significant features of your bathroom. It serves as an accent piece of your bathroom's decor and serving as a practical purpose to wash and groom your clothes.
Removing countertops isn't cheap, but if you're willing to make it yourself you'll save some money We took looked online to see what other homeowners have tried and, as a result, we have put together 27 plans for bathroom countertops that you can try your hand at by yourself at home.
Thinking of changing your bathroom countertop to an all-new countertop sounds enjoyable and exciting until you consider the cost. Instead of purchasing countertops, why not make one yourself? Find out more about 16 amazing DIY countertop ideas!
Take Off Backsplash
Prior to placing epoxy on any surface, it's essential to cleanse and prepare the surface to ensure that epoxy can bond correctly and not separate later on. To achieve optimal results, you need to make sure that the surface is horizontally level. In the event that the area is sloped or vertical in one direction, it will be a follower of gravity and flow slowly toward the direction of the slope. It is still an option to paint epoxy to a side of a vertical object, the color process differs slightly from that of the horizontal surface.
My bathroom vanity was covered with an angled backsplash that had been fixed to the wall using the use of a waterproof sealant. Therefore, the best solution I had was take off the backsplash completely, and apply epoxy while it was in the horizontal position. After the epoxy is fully dried, it's easy to put it back to the wall.
To take off the backsplash use a sharp knife and slice through the sealant. The sealant is usually applied to all sides of the backsplash to stop water from leaking behind the sink. Be sure to cut the sealant in two places: both sides of the drywall, and on the bottom of the sink between the backsplash and the vanity. Use a screwdriver to gently remove it from the drywall. Be careful not to force on the drywall too much in case you end up damaging the drywall, and could result in additional work to fix it.
A few vanities out there include a backsplash that is not removable. Therefore, you must be aware that epoxy can slide down when applied on a vertical surface. In this situation, most of the color pattern is required to be created prior to using the epoxy.
Remove Old Sink Faucets
The next step would be to uninstall the faucets and shower. The removal of the faucets and shower is easy. you must hire a professional from Shower Remodel Los Angeles. In the first place, beneath the sink switch off the cold and hot valves that supply the faucets with water. After that, unwind your flexible water hose off the faucets. Put a bucket underneath the sink to collect any water that is trapped in the water hose. After the hose has been removed take off the locknuts and take the faucet off the top of the vanity.
There are people who apply epoxy without removing faucets, however, it's more difficult to work around faucets, and creates a mess. The faucets in the bathroom in our home were old and required replacement which meant I did not have an alternative.
Scrape the old sealant and buildup from Countertop
After the faucets and backsplash are taken off, grab the putty knife and run it over the countertop and scrape away any sealant or buildup. Spray TSP cleaner (trisodium phosphate) on the countertop and then wipe it clean with a towel. TSP cleaner will remove oil and grease from the countertop. If epoxy is used on a surface that is oily or greasy it won't adhere properly and may eventually break into pieces. Be sure to perform the same thing with the backsplash.
Sand The Vanity With 320 Grids Of Sandpaper
Once all the oils and grease have been removed, make use of an orbital sander that has a 320-grid sand disc to sand the vanity's top. Be sure to sand the surface again after using the TSP cleaner is removed, or else you'll be spreading the grease across the surface using sandpaper. Sandpaper can make the surface of the countertop slightly rougher and makes the epoxy bond stronger. The objective is to ensure that the epoxy sticks to the countertop for a lengthy period of time.
Fill In Any Gaps Between The Wall And Vanity
Most walls will have an element of texture the wall. The texture of the wall makes it uneven with low and high places across the wall. Because the countertop is set on the walls, you'll notice small gaps in between the countertop and the wall. If the gaps aren't filled, the epoxy may flow through the spaces behind the sink. To solve this issue you can use silicone sealant to fill in these gaps.
Some vanities come with more gaps. These likely will not be sealed by an adhesive. It may be necessary to use Bondo to fill those gaps.
Apply Bonding Primer On The Surface
Prior to applying bonding primer, I taped my sink using Visqueen sheeting and scotch taping. At first, I was not planning to put epoxy into the sink as the sink was white. However, I realized the white color of the sink differed slightly from the epoxy's color, and I decided to use epoxy in the sinks too. If you decide not to apply epoxy to the sink, ensure there are no gaps or holes in Visqueen otherwise, the epoxy will leak into the bathroom. Also, wrap the vanity to ensure that you don't have epoxy and primer on the cabinets or walls Then, apply bonding primer to the surface. Connect the faucet holes above the cabinet, so that there isn't any epoxy spilling across the cabinet. I used small foam pieces to fill the faucet openings.
Mix It All Together Epoxy
The kit of epoxy comes with Part A and Part B which will need to be mixed prior to applying it to the surface. The first step is to determine the amount of epoxy you will need to complete your project. and must call a professional in Bathroom Remodeling and Find the width divided and depth in feet, and then add the two numbers. For instance, my vanity is five feet long and two feet in depth. If you add the two numbers, you'll end up with an area of 10 square feet. In order to cover the area of 10 sq feet you'll require half a gallon (2 quarts) of epoxy (that's mixed with).
Mixing the epoxy, make use of a bucket or pail that has measurement lines so that you can accurately mix a 1:1 ratio. The first step is to pour 1 one-quarter cup of Part B into a container, and after that, 1 quart of Part A. I generally put Part A outside in the sun for a few hours to warm it up prior to mixing. Part A will flow better once it's warmer. Make use of an always paint mixer for mixing the epoxy. To get the best results, it is recommended to blend it for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Epoxy is clear on its own, Therefore, for the color to be white mix 2 teaspoons of white gel coat paint to the bucket. Make sure that everything is mixed thoroughly before you apply it to the vanity.
Spread Epoxy Over The Vanity Top
Pour the epoxy on the counter and then spread it out using an oblong knife or the chop brush. Allow the epoxy to drip down the edges and make use of a chop brush to evenly spread it over the edges.
Draw Black Random Lines Across the Epoxy
When the white-colored epoxy has been uniformly distributed, it's time to add color. You can create this as imaginative as you want and apply any colors you'd like. To make it easy, I applied black spray paint and added some lines to make it appear like marble. The first step is to take black spray paint, and then spray some of it on the edge of the mixing stick. You'll be using the stick as a pencil to draw lines over epoxy. If you wish to make the lines darker, spray some black onto the tips. Then, draw random lines using this mixing stick on epoxy.
Take an electric hair dryer and blow out the black lines using hot air. As the epoxy warms, it gets softer and runs more smoothly and the air expands the epoxy. This means that the straight lines you traced using a mixing stick can be bent or moved with the use of a blow dryer. The air can be blown in any direction, making it the most artistic you can imagine.
Discard Bobbles By Using A Torch
After spreading epoxy on the top of your vanity there will be bubbles that develop during the process. To get rid of these bubbles, you'll need a propane torch and swiftly move it through the top, making sure that the flame is approximately 8 inches away from your vanity. The flame heats up the epoxy, and the bubbles appear to pop. If you find bobbles, run it through again. Don't overdo it with the torch, as this could cause a yellowish tint to it.
Scrape Away Dripping Epoxy On The Edge
The last procedure is scraping any drips of epoxy along the edges of the counter. During the time of curing it is necessary to repeat the process every half hour on the backsplash and vanity until the epoxy doesn't drip anymore. However, if you didn't scrape the epoxy that is leaking and you want to remove droplets using a random orbital sander the next day when it is cured. Allow the epoxy to dry for 72 hours prior to installing the faucets and fixing the backsplash.
Install The Backsplash Faucets
When you are installing the backsplash it is important to ensure that you're using a water-proof sealant. I taped the vanity and backsplash to make sure I don't cause an accident with the sealant. When the backsplash is set and put in place, you can remove the tape. It's done with the bathroom vanity using DIY epoxy resin.
Don't Forget The Ceiling
One of the spaces which require lots of elbow grease, and one which is often overlooked can be the ceiling. I've seen how an attractive white ceiling can truly make a room feel new after we put in new ceiling tiles for drop ceilings in our basement.
Along with adding new fixtures, we painted the entire bathroom (including the ceiling). If you've not yet painted your ceilings and you're not sure, you'll be amazed by how brighter it could create a space (especially one with a limited space like that of our bathroom).
Pros And Cons Of Painting Ceilings
Let me tell you the truth painting ceilings can be difficult. However, the process went pretty quickly due to the limited area.
Tips For Painting
Start painting the ceiling to ensure I don't need to be concerned about trimming my ceiling paint.
Use paint intended for ceilings. We employed Sherwin Williams Eminence Paint for Ceilings. It comes with a large brush and roller for trimming.
Think about using paint leftover from a different project for smaller areas.
I don't like to waste paint. As I had some paint left from the basement renovation I used it up to decorate this room