Painting over a countertop and range hood...

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Susie W

I have just got a new house and I have a couple of questions. Our counter top is a very ugly old yellow colour. Now it is in good condition and we would like to keep it, but only if it is possible to paint it a different colour. So is it possible? Now question number 2 is can you paint a range hood. The one we have is a very old dark brown and we would like to paint it a lighter colour. So can i paint it and if so is there anythings special I should know before i start?

thank you so much

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Thank you for your Ask Jane question - and welcome to the Be Jane Community! We love to know that there are fellow Janes in Canada! If you weren't aware of it, Eden is from Vancouver.
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In answer to your countertop dilemma, I want to make sure I understood it properly. The "ugly yellow" countertop that is still in relatively good condition is a laminated surface such as Formica.
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As for how to deal with this, there are paints made for use over laminate coverings. If it is a matter of cost, then go for it! Though to be honest, it's rare to see great results. More often than not they tend to look "painted" and the paint tends to scratch and chip easily.
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If you're up for painting here's what you'll need to do:
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<li>First wash the surface to with a 50/50 solution of household ammonia and water to remove soap films or grease. Make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands when you do this as well as protective eyewear for the rest of this project.</li>
<li>Then sand with a fine sand paper (150 grit) and prime it with a high-quality adhesion-promoting primer like Zinsser's latex-based Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer-Sealer before you start painting. These few steps will give you the best possible out come and the best durability. You may want to wear a mask to protect yourself from both the fumes and the dust.</li>
<li>Follow the primer with one or two coats of a high-quality finish paint. In moisture-prone areas alkyd (oil base) finishes are preferred, as they provide a harder finish than water-base paints and are more washable and durable. Though check on the ability to prepare food in correlation to this type of paint. The reason for this is that some paints continue to give off chemicals that can find their way into food prepared on them. There are also several epoxy coatings that are excellent for durability, check with your local paint store for availability.</li>
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To add to the longevity, we suggest you use a cutting board when cooking, avoid harsh cleansers, soft scrub works great.
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As you can see there are a great deal of variables in doing this project that is why we suggest that before getting started you should check out the cost of buying a new, pre-made, laminate countertop. You may be surprised as to how inexpensive they can be.
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As for painting your range hood, this is definitely a project you can do yourself. The steps for this project are similar to the ones stated above in the respect that you'll have to lightly sand the surface with a fine grit sand paper (#150) to get rid of the glossy effect you currently have on it. Then you'll need to prime and paint. As for which paint to use, our suggestions are:
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Use a spray paint to allow the most professional looking finished product. You can use a spray gun if you have one or use spray paint in a can. Using a brush can leave streaks. Apply several light coats of paint instead of one or two heavy ones to eliminate dripping.
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Make sure to tape and cover with plastic all of the surrounding cabinets and areas (including the ceiling) before getting started so that you'll only end up with paint on your range hood.
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When purchasing the paint and sealer, make sure you ask a salesperson if the paint you are purchasing can withstand high temperatures due to the fact that it will be placed right above your stove.
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We hope this helps. We'd love it if you'd let us know how your projects turn out.
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If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at any time. We're here for you!
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Best of luck with all your Jane projects!

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