No room captures your individuality more than the kitchen. It’s also one of the most expensive areas to remodel. There are so many options when it comes to simply replacing a countertop, such as laminate, tile, stone or butcher block, it can be difficult to choose. Another type of surface that has been gaining popularity lately is Epoxy Resin. If done correctly, this choice can be the least expensive and most creative addition to your cooking space.
One of the most intriguing aspects using epoxy resin is that it can be poured over an existing surface, eliminating the need to remove and replace your current countertop. Even that old avocado-green Formica from the 1960’s can be transformed into a beautiful work-of-art. Best of all you can do it yourself.
This isn’t a beginner’s level DIY project. But if you have ever painted rooms, you have some of the experience required creating for a good looking countertop. Epoxy Resin involves mixing two major liquid components, epoxy and hardener. After these chemicals mix they will harden, creating a durable, scratch-resistant surface that will provide years of service.
You might already be familiar with the technique, as it has been used widely to create stunning wood tables. Adding paint to that resin mix offers an endless variety of looks. One can simulate the look of a stone countertop. It is even possible to incorporate LED lights into the mix for something completely surreal.
Because epoxy is in liquid form, it is poured on to the surface and will self-level before it hardens. The lustrous finish it leaves behind is durable, non-toxic and will retain its beauty with minimal care.
Although it is non-toxic, while the epoxy cures it will emit Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs). Your workspace will need to be well ventilated to outside air to reduce the odor. It can take several days for this process to complete. So you might be unable to use the kitchen for an extended period of time. But this provides a perfect excuse to fire up the bar-b-que or order pizza.
Of course, you can hire a professional to do the work. You can even order a custom-made countertop and simply install it as you would with any other material. The price will rise significantly when compared with DIY.
The same epoxy techniques can also be used on flooring or any other flat surface.
If you crave a custom look in your kitchen, and the traditional options just aren’t appealing, an Epoxy Resin countertop is an option worth exploring.