If you’ve been following along on my social media, you may have noticed my remodeling of the bathroom (on a budget and attempting DIY).

You can check out how I turned the bathroom vanity to the most beautiful blue color for under $30 here: https://royalechristine.com/2019/09/16/3-step-bathroom-vanity-makeover-diy-no-sanding/

For reference, here is the photo of the bathroom vanity before I started (below).

After making the bottom part of the vanity look amazing (photos below), I had to do something to update the countertop.

Here’s the secret! For under $10, you can update your countertop.

Out of all of the steps I’m about to post, the secret step is painting with Chalk Board by Rustoleum.

The best part, the price is great, and you will have paint leftover for another project.

Here are the steps I took to redo the laminate counter.

Step 1: Use Krud Kutter to Gloss Off.

Make sure you have gloves and rags to apply. One rag to wipe on in circles. One rag to use second to wipe off.

I didn’t have to buy this because I purchased it for the walls and the bottom portion of the vanity.

You can buy Krud Kutter – Gloss Off here:


Here are some great gloves for your projects: https://amzn.to/302AF04

Step 2: Tape and prime with the best.

If you get sloppy like I do, you should definitely use painter’s tape. I’ve had great luck with FROGTAPE. (Notice I was tired and only taped half of the sink. I’ll be mad at myself later.)

Here’s a link to FROGTAPE (this link may be a different size that what I had on hand from other projects – please check the description): https://amzn.to/2QluHmV

Again, the primer was leftover from the other bathroom projects.

You can find the ZINSSER Primer here: https://amzn.to/2NdJjSZ

Step 3: Paint with Chalk Board by Rustoleum. (Buy a good brush!)

You can find Chalk Board paint here: https://amzn.to/2LEOSrp

Here’s my photo of a test prior to starting:

Coat 1:

Coat 2:

Coat 3:

Coat 4:

I didn’t take a photo, but I did a fourth coat, because my brush lost 5 bristles. Since I took out a portion of the bathroom lights, I couldn’t see them until they were stuck in the paint. Buy a great brush and pull loose bristles before starting. I was going to sand the errors out, but they aren’t very noticeable.

This brush has amazing reviews for chalk paint: https://amzn.to/31CpEzv

Step 4: Seal with Polyurethane.

You can purchase what I bought here: https://amzn.to/30fTn4O

I’ve used other clear coats in the past, and this worked the best.

There are a lot of options, so be sure to read the options carefully. This said matte, but it definitely has a shine and shows a few errors (dropped bristles).

Here is the final result:

The final AFTER. I am so happy with the result.

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