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New bench tops or laminate paint?

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New bench tops or laminate paint?

This is my first major DIY project. I'm wanting to update the kitchen, and after lots of research I plan to paint the kitchen cabinetry and carcases with Dulux Renovation range, however I'm not sure how to tackle the bench tops given their "unique" design

I'm wanting to keep this project as low cost as possible (unfortunately this house was a rental and has been handed back to me in poor condition, so many other maintenance projects have set my budget back a bit) 

The sink and tap-wear we're replaced beginning of last year with Chrome fittings, and a stainless steel dishwasher to the right of the sink (sorry about old photos)

 

 

Do Bunnings make custom benchtops to suit this style, or am I better off painting the laminate? 

Has anyone used a spray gun to get a glossier finish? 

 

All advice welcome, I'd really love to start sanding in the next few days once I know how to approach the benchtops

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Re: New bench tops or laminate paint?

@SaraKearney,

 

A very warm welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. We're really happy to have you join us and look forward to seeing how you can transform your kitchen. We hope you also share other projects and plans for around the house and garden with us in the future. We're sure you will get plenty of helpful information, advice and inspiration from our amazing community members - please don't hesitate to post anytime.

 

The Dulux Renovation range has proved very popular with Workshop members. Here's some previous projects and discussions that you might like to check out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope those projects prove useful resources to you. 

 

Our resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert @MitchellMc will be more than happy to assist you with your benchtop questions but he is taking a well-earned break this week. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. In the meantime, let me tag some other experienced kitchen renovators in @2Belindas, @ProjectPete, @redracer01 and @JDE to see if they might like to share their thoughts.

 

Thanks for sharing your project with us, and please let me know if you ever need a hand getting the most from the Workshop site, or have any feedback about how we can make Workshop even more useful to you.

 

Jason

 

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Re: New bench tops or laminate paint?

Hello @SaraKearney 

 

In order to get the most bling out of your budget I agree with your decision to use the Dulux renovator range! You can use the same range for your bench top. Using a spray gun is a good idea, but if this is your first attempt, I suggest getting some practice first with the house fence and some exterior paint. A few projects under your belt will give you the confidence and knowledge to attempt to spray not only your bench top but your entire kitchen! Investing in a spray gun will open a whole new world of possible renovation projects. However if time is of the essence then use a high quality paint roller for your project for a superior finish on the paint. However if you invest in a spray gun go for a mid range unit such as the Wagner W100. A good starter unit for you and will pay for itself when you do your first furniture renovation! Good luck and please post when you have finished your project I look forward to the reveal!

 

Red


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Re: New bench tops or laminate paint?

Hi @SaraKearney,

 

It's great to see you've already received a helpful response from the knowledgeable @redracer01.

 

How are you going with your project? It would be worth popping into one of our stores and discussing your custom bench top needs with one of our special order or kitchen experts. I don't believe we have a service which will assemble the entire benchtop and deliver it to site. However, they might be able to do some of the angular cuts you'd need to join the rectangular benchtops.

 

Please let me know if you need further information or had questions. We're here to help.

 

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Re: New bench tops or laminate paint?

Thanks for your reply Jason! I have read many posts of similar projects on Workshop forum and I'm excited to see the results! 

 

In the end a friend is respraying the cabinetry for me (french polisher by trade) so far the results have been great, I'm excited to see the finished project! 

 

Bench top will end up being sprayed eventually also, we just have to configure how to do so inside the house. 

 

Thanks for your help!

 

 

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Re: New bench tops or laminate paint?

Thanks for the update @SaraKearney.

 

Looking forward to seeing the resprayed cabinetry and what you do with your benchtops.

 

Jason

  

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