Kitchen Countertop Reveal Using the Rust-Oluem Countertop Transformations Kit

I have been quite excited all week to share this….  As you know from my recent posts, my kitchen is in the midst of a minor makeover.

No new cabinets.  No new countertops.  But the existing is all being TRANSFORMED.

When the friendly folks at Rust-Oleum heard about my kitchen revamp, they kindly sent me their Countertop Transformations Kit in the Oynx finish to try out on my existing hunter green laminate surface.  From the many posts I’ve written on my kitchen, I have been quite indecisive on what to do with the countertops, and I thought the Rust-Oleum kit would be a great solution!  This do-it-yourself “coating system” gives existing countertops a whole new look that is durable, long-lasting, and the look of a natural material.

I was very happy to finally say bye-bye to the old countertops which were quite dated!  Here’s the before…

Last Friday night (once the kids were in bed), my husband and I set forth on starting the transformation process.  The Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit comes with most of the supplies needed for the project.

But there are a few other things that you will need to purchase separately like rollers, painters tape, trays, gloves, and brushes.

The Instructions in the kit will explain EVERYTHING in detail, plus there is a very informative DVD (that you can view here) that will take you through each step of the process.  I can absolutely say that at no pint was I confused on what to do – the instructions are very clear and explanatory.

Bravo Rust-Oleum, for supplying great instructions! 

Here is a basic overview of the 5 steps to transform your countertops (image provided by Rust-Oleum)

Day 1

One of the most important parts to this project is to protect the areas around the countertop (ie: cabinet, floor, and backsplash).   You don’t want the product to get on any surface other than the laminate countertop area.  Unlike regular paint, this product creates a thick, hard surface and is difficult to get off other surfaces once dry.

Tape and use plastic or drop clothes

Once your surface is prepped and ready-to-go, you can start the sanding process.

As they say in the video, for the next step, you have to “work fast and work together”.  This could be difficult for some couples, but my husband and I worked in sections and abided by the rules – work fast and work together to cover the entire surface. After applying the adhesive (see manual for actual step-by-step instructions), it’s time to spread the Decorative Color Chips.  This was one of the most interesting parts of the entire project.  Be forewarned – they fly everywhere – I’m still finding chips in odd places and it’s been over 5 days.

At this point, the adhesive with the adhered chips has to dry overnight, so we embarked on the remainder of the transformation the next morning (12+ hours later).  The surface is VERY rough, but no worries…it’s far from being complete!

Day 2

The next step is to sand, sand, sand!  And then…sand some more.  At this point of the project, I was LOVING how the counters looked.  They had a concrete, dull appearance and I was so excited!

It was finally time for the last step….to adhere the protective top coat.  And it was done!  The top coat (which I hadn’t realized) leaves a glossy finish.  At first, I was a bit disappointed that the surface didn’t have a dull, flat or satin finish, but over the days it’s grown on me.  It would be nice if Rust-Oleum had a choice of a glossy or matte top coat (maybe in the future?).

Important Note: When the surface is dry about 48+ hours after applying the protective top coat, the painters tape can be removed.  It is VERY important to use a sharp blade to score the tape edge.

DO NOT just remove the tape because it will remove the countertop material as well.  Some of the wall paint was removed when I took off the painters tape, so I’ll have to go back and fix it.  Around the sink is a tricky spot, so score and remove the tape VERY carefully.

The Countertop Transformation Kit which is available at Lowe’s, covers up to 50 sq. feet or 20 linear feet.  My countertop surface is 18 linear feet and I had just enough product, so I would say that the product included is accurate to the area it covers.  If you are unsure of how to measure your countertop to get an accurate calculation, follow these steps.

The cost of the kit is $249, and the additional supplies will be about $30.  For about $300, you can achieve an entirely new and beautiful countertop surface, whereas a new laminate countertop (of this size) would be about $1500 and granite countertops would be about $3000.  That being said, there are other countertop paints available that are less expensive.  Rust-oleum makes another one-step laiminate countertop “coating” that is $20 +/-, but I have no experience with the product, it’s process, or how it wears over time.  Since it’s a one-step process, I would be reluctant about it’s durability.  Have you tried it?  Have you transformed your countertops using another product?  I’d love to hear!

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I chose to use the Oynx color, which is all black, but there are a total of 5 colors to choose from ~ Take a look at them {here}

Want to see the countertop colors in action?  Use the Kitchen Makeover Virtual Tool to see a preview.

Still wondering about the product, here is some additional information~

Overall, the Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit was really easy to use.  On a scale from 1 to 10, the level of difficulty would be a 2.  A beginner with no handy skills can absolutely use this system and achieve beautiful results.

My kitchen is still in the midst of being transformed, so I’m only making a minor reveal of the countertops.  I hope to have it complete and ready to share by next week!

Stay Tuned till next time!!

The product mentioned in this post was provided by Rust-Oleum, but the review and opinions provided are 100% my own.

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  1. says

    WOW!! I never knew such stuff existed!! I’m super excited! We just sold our Brand New custom built home and bought an older home that needs alot of help…and this would be perfect!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Michell for the kind comment! Old Home = Lots of Love and fun projects! You must have SO many ideas floating around in your head. What style home is it that you bought? The countertop product that I used would be a great way to update the kitchen – let me know if you end up using it. I’d love to hear about your results! xo Jenna

  2. says

    Wow Jenna they look great!! I rent and hate our counter tops. But there’s no way we’d plop down $300 to redo them. I would however spend $20 or $40 bucks to. I’m gonna read up on that other rust-oluem counter top product you mentioned. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see your kitchen all prettied up!! ~ Catie @ Catie’s Corner

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Catie! Unfortunately I haven’t tried the Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating paint. I would be a little hesitant since it says “coating” and not “paint”, but if you rent and your existing surface looks really bad, why not give it a try?! If you use it, let me know! Jenna

  3. says

    Jenna, your countertops look INCREDIBLE!! That really is such an amazing product and it is so great that they are coming out with ways for folks to get an updated look without breaking the bank. Great job! :-)

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Vanessa! The kitchen is really making a transformation! Rust-Oleum truly offers great products that can change and revamp a space, but won’t cost you a fortune. Thanks for the kind comment. xo Jenna

  4. Melanie says

    We won this at last year’s Country Living Fair in Atlanta and it has totally changed the look of our kitchen. We have also done the cabinets with the Rust-oleum kit in white. The only thing we didn’t like with this kit was the final glaze turned yellow on the white.

    • Jenna says

      Hi Melanie, thanks for the comment! I was hoping to use the Cabinet Transformations Kit as well, but decided to just paint them instead. I’m sorry to hear about that the glaze turned yellow – that stinks! Did you replace or repaint the cabinet doors? Rust-Oleum is actually having a contest to win $5000 by submitting your before & after photos – check back tomorrow on my site for more details. xo Jenna

    • says

      Hi Jenna and Melanie…I am currently using the Cabinet Transformations on my cabinets as well in Pure White. We did the uppers and we are horribly disgusted with the top coat as well. It made the cabinets look dingie looking. I am hoping to see if there other protective coats to use on the bottom portion. I am going to see if sanding the protective coat off in the bad areas will help and perhaps re-applying some paint. We also had issues with having to use triple and sometimes quadruple coats. I don’t know if maybe using a darker color would have helped with some of these issues.

      • Jenna says

        That’s really unfortunate, Latoya! I would definitely contact someone at Rust-Oleum (go onto their website) to let them know of your unsatisfactory application to the cabinets. Being unfamiliar with the cabinet product, it’s difficult for me to give a direction to help. I just hope you can resolve it!! Have a great weekend and thanks for being a new follower! xo Jenna

  5. says

    That’s amazing! I too love how it turned out to have this concrete look! I’ve always love Rust-Oluem over Krylon! I can’t wait to see what else you have planned!

    • Jenna says

      Thanks so much Stacey! The look is SO different – the countertop sheen has grown on me more and with the new color of the cabinets, it looks great. Stay Tuned for the rest of the reveal. xo Jenna

  6. Sue Poteat says

    I have used the cabinet transformations in Espresson for my white cabinets and love, love, love it! Made my kitchen look much more modern. I highly recommend it!

  7. FABBY says

    OMGoodness!, this is great, what a great finish it is! I love your kitchen and it’s going to look fab!! Have a nice week. I’m dropping by from AMM…hope you visit. Hugs, FABBY

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Deborah for leaving such a kind comment! So far they’ve held up to the everyday wear of young kids…hopefully they will continue to! Jenna

  8. Kelly says

    I am preparing my parent’s house for sale and just finished the kitchen cabinets in Rustoleum ‘linen’. We also hated the way the glaze ended up looking (dingy) and thankfully just tried it on one of the small drawers first. We did a lot of work when we could have just painted them white. I want to try the Rustoleum countertop transformation but I am not sure if I can afford it with all the other things I am fixing in the house. I may just do try the cheaper Rustoleum countertop paint.

    • Jenna says

      So sorry to hear Kelly that you didn’t have success with the Rust-Oleum cabinet kit. I’ve received a few comments saying the same thing. Did you return the product after not being happy with the sample? Depending on the state of the countertops, it may be worth using the transformations kit because it truly gives the best and entire new look! Let me know what you decide and good luck with selling your parents home. Jenna

  9. Amy Krause says

    Wow- looks great!
    I painted my countertops a few years ago, just by sanding, using kilz and rolling on an enamel paint. It has not held up well, especially by the sink, but we are remodeling the entire thing this fall so I don’t really care.
    Just one question, does the countertop have bumps, or does it just appear that way in the photo?
    I am interested in the rustoleum cabinet kit I keep hearing about- we have beautiful solid cherry cabinets from the 70’s, but they are an ugly color. I want to try the kit on them.

    • Jenna says

      Thanks for the comment Amy. Interesting to hear that the process you used to redo your countertops, didn’t wear well. Before deciding on the Rust-Oleum kit, I was going to use the same products you mentioned (glad I didn’t though). With the Rust-Oleum kit, the countertop is slightly bumpy to imitate the look of a natural stone surface. It’s not overly bumpy, but also not completely smooth. For the cabinets that I made over, I did not use the Rust-Oleum Cabinet kit, but went with regular latex semi-gloss paint. From the comments left on this post – – there was mixed results with the Rust-Oleum cabinet kit. I think it depends on the color you use, but many readers did not have success with the light colors. Let me know what you end up deciding on – I’d love to see pictures! xo Jenna

  10. says

    I have been contemplated a mini makeover in my kitchen and countertops were on the list of things to research. You’ve done most of the work for me, so thanks!

    • Jenna says

      Do it, Do it – you will be so happy you did. I was very apprehensive about jumping in to actually redo my kitchen, but everyday I say to myself, “why did I wait so long?”. You will definitely be happy you did it. Keep me posted about your progress! xo Jenna

  11. sl says

    I would love to do this to my kitchen countertop. Yours look GREAT!!! I am still trying to convince my hubby. Did you put the color chip on the backsplash and edges? Is so was it hard to get them in these spots? Is not, does it look odd without color chips? Thanks for any info you can share.

    • Jenna says

      Thanks for the comment! Yes, I did put the chips on the countertop edge and backsplash. With the tool that is provided, it sprays the chips all over and will cover the vertical surfaces. If there are spots that don’t get covered, you can throw chips on them, which will adhere because the adhesive is very sticky. All surfaces of the counter, absolutely needed to be covered with the chips or you won’t achieve the quality needed to hold up. I hope this answers your questions – let me know if you have anymore.

  12. Marti Roush says

    Could you please elaborate on your comment that the chips must cover all areas or the quality needed to hold up won’t be achieved. Do you mean that the chips facilitate the hardening process, and without them, full hardening won’t occur? Also, did you notice any odor at any stage in the process? I have an allergy to paint. Many thanks.

    • Jenna says

      Hi Marti, When you are at the point of adding the “chips”, you want cover the entire countertop surface – the more, the better. After the chips are added the next day, you put on the sealer (top protective coat). If the countertop is not covered enough with the chips, your old countertop color will show through. The chips DO NOT facilitate the hardening process, but the chips are essentially the color that changes the countertop. So the first coat is the glue, second is the chips a.k.a. “color, and the last coat is the protective seal. There was very little odor throughout the process. I was very worried about this with having two young kids, but it really wasn’t an issue. Honestly, we ended up going out for meals during the process since the kitchen was OFF LIMITS! Let me know if you have any more questions. ~Jenna

  13. says

    Hi there! You mentioned the peeling of the top coat when the tape isn’t properly removed. We just did these countertops this weekend and had one spot where it did that. What did you use to fix the area??? On another note I would totally agree that the difficulty level is at a 2. It was SO easy and the instructions were great. The scoring of the tape, though, really is vital.

  14. says

    I ordered my kit and will be doing this next weekend! Thanks for the tutorial, I know the kit comes with a DVD but it is great to have your thoughts etc. I’ll let you know how I did :)

    • Jenna says

      That’s awesome Dharma! So how did it go?? The DVD was definitely helpful, but I hope my tutorial helped alittle more with the details. -Jenna

  15. says

    How has the material held up over the past year+? We have red countertops that I HATE and I want to update them/our kitchen – It would be great to update the countertops for cheap! Thanks.

    • Jenna says

      Well…. I’m glad I transformed the countertop using the kit, BUT it hasn’t held up like I had hoped. At the same time though, it wasn’t in the budget to get new countertops, so this kit was great for a quick fix. If you’re looking for something for years to come, new countertops will probably be a better solution. I’m thinking in about a year or two to do them over. If you want to read more and see pictures of the Kitchen One Year Later, visit this post:

      • Matt says

        Thank you for the update! I was wondering if this stuff held up over time. I really liked the idea, but was hesitant. Thank you so much!

        • Jenna says

          The countertop has held up so-so after almost 2 years of using the Rustoleum Transformations Kit. I’m still happy we used the kit since there was no budget for new countertops at the time, but they haven’t held up as I’d hoped. The edges have chipped and the tops have scratched in some areas. They also never look completely clean even when they are. Overall, the quick fix was well-worth it to change the look of the kitchen, but if you’re looking for a long term change, I’d pass on the product.

  16. Michelle says

    Just finished my counter tops in Java stone. The color is fantastic…and transforms to look much better then the previous blue counter tops i had. I will mention some caution to those about to embark on this project…it says to work in sections…BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT THIS. You will end up with a visible “line” in the counter top at that junction. Even though we never let the first section dry and worked together constantly. If I had known it would leave a line i would have just base coated then chipped the whole thing without working in sections. I was able to go back and “fix” the line by base coating and chipping… sanding it out…only to leave a new line. So there was no way out of that one. Be extremely careful scoring around the sink. it is difficult to sand real close so adhesion of the chips may be less then optimal. Also..behind the sink next to the back splash…the counter top lifted there too. After speaking with company about fixing it… they offered no solution after the final coat is on…maybe remove the surface and re sand and chip? that would mess it up more!…* Be careful also to check and recheck to fix all spots you missed in all angles of lighting carefully before applying the final coat. Same goes for the final top coat. It is only workable for four hours (top coat). The next day i noticed i missed some spots….too bad for me.. the top coat was hardened in the can and unworkable, so i could not touch it up. Sooo….i am going to dab on some base coat over the areas that the counter shows through (no chips)…then caulk around the sink to seal behind it where the counter chips lifted. Finally.. i will use the cabinet resurfacing top coat to dab on areas that i missed with top coat on the counter (only small tiny areas). Also… I highly recommend using a small rotary or belt sander to sand….. it save a lot of time!! I lost the diamond embeded sanding block after I scuffed up the counter top to prepare it. The company told me that 60 grit sand paper will work to sand the chips down (which it did just fine). When they say to close windows and keep pets out… they are not kidding! I left the house with all pets for 5 hours during dry time and the counter top caught dust already! It’s a dust magnet. In conclusion…I am 85% happy with the results. I think i can “fix” the areas mentioned, but not to perfection. It certainly looks better then my original top. BTW. i did the cabinet resurfacing kit too… and I am 100% satisfied.

  17. Linda says

    Your comments where very helpful but can any one that has had the countertops for a while tell me about how durable the counter surface really is over time it would seem to scratch very easily

    • Jenna says


      We are going into out second year with the Rust-Oleum countertops and they have lasted so-so. Yes, there are some scratches, but the overall look is still nice. If you’re on a budget and looking for a fix to last year a few years, this is definitely a product to think about. I don’t think it’s a long term solution, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, it’s great. You can check out more on my kitchen in this post:

      Good Luck! Jenna

  18. Annette says

    I just finished putting the top coat on my transformations kit I did in my kitchen. So far it looks great and I cannot wait until it dries. I can barely wait until I can put my kitchen all back together to see the new and improved one! I used the charcoal kit that I purchased on e-bay for $160….

  19. Danny says

    I saw that you had a one year follow up. But I was wondering if you still have the same countertops and if so how they are holding up. Have you need to touch up any areas?

    • Jenna says

      Overall, I am happy that I decided to use the product to transform the countertops. It has held up fairly well, but on the edges of the counter there has been wear and tear. It is not a forever / long-term solution, but it is great for a quick and inexpensive update!

  20. Debbie says

    Has anyone used the transformation kit on a fireplace mantel and surround?
    I have an oak mantel that I think looks dated. Our kitchen cabinets turned out looking
    Good with white and I would like to do the same on the fireplace to brighten it up.

  21. says

    Hi Jenna!

    Your countertops turned out so nice, I decided to give it a shot! I’m very pleased in the way mine turned out as well!

    Thanks for the inspiration!