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Will Painted Countertops and Tile Withstand Heavy Use?

We are trying to give some new life to our old kitchen in our church. We have dusty rose cupboards, oak cabinets, light pink ceramic tiles on the bottom half of the walls and some steel on the walls.

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Questions:
1) Can we paint our countertop so it withstands heavy use?
2) Can we paint the ceramic tiles so that they will withstand heavy use?
3) We also need some ideas on colors so that everything is fresh and modern looking, not dated.
Thanks.

By Carol from Canada

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

1. Not without sealing it with a poly product which makes it permanent.

2. You can paint tiles, but even with sealer, they won't take the every day wear & tear of daily kitchen use.

Having done many refacing projects, check with local kitchen supply stores and resale stores and see if they offer bulk countertops. In our area, we have a couple outlets with dozens of countertops in many colors, lengths, styles for a fraction of the cost of custom.

Once you find your counter top, choose paint colors or tile to match for walls & cupboards.

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

It always comes down to trade offs and how much money is in the budget. If you're looking to stretch what you have for a year, the painting with a poly sealer would do. Perhaps then you start saving for a new countertop so that is in the works.

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November 1, 20100 found this helpful

Since you are a church, maybe you could check with your members to see if any of them own/work for businesses that could donate materials or labor.

Removing wall tile and replacing it with plain white tile is very inexpensive if someone will do the work for free. Countertops that are standard size are not very expensive. Another option might be to cover your existing ones with tile.

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