Kitchen Transformation Led by SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Kit

A kitchen renovation for just $700? It can be done … just ask Ben Coles.

Ben and his wife redid their walls, cabinets and countertops for $500. Now they have the look and feel of a new kitchen. The Coles began by painting their natural oak cabinets a dark grey. Then they changed their walls from beige with natural oak trim to white walls and white trim with some light grey accents.

The next part of the project involved applying the economically-priced SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refurbishing Kit.

Selecting SpreadStone Mineral Select

The SpreadStone Mineral Select kit comes in 10 decorative colors: Onyx Fog, Oyster, Canyon Gold, Mantle Stone, Natural White, Coriander Cream, Sundance, Volcanic Black, Iron Stone and Lodestone.  Each cost-effective kit (available for $125) includes application tools and required coatings to complete 30 to 40 square feet of space. The three-step process includes applications of a stone base coat, decorative stone coat and stone clear top coat.

The product is odorless and safe-to-use in the home. Pre-mixed and ready to apply immediately, this is not a faux surface. It’s not plastic-looking and it has no harsh chemicals. The kit provides the fastest, most economical way to completely renew a countertop with a real stone surface.

The finished SpreadStone Mineral Select countertops resist heat, stains, abrasion, impact and household cleaners. Adding the ultimate touch of elegance to a room, SpreadStone Mineral Select provides a natural design sophistication to the home.

Ben’s Kitchen

“We had three surfaces to do,” says Coles, a Canadian resident. “There was the island and desk area that were in green Melamine. Then the kitchen sink was a standard white pressboard.

“I researched countertops on the Internet and the pricing was crazy — in the thousands. Some DIY kits looked nice, but were expensive. Others seemed like you’d need lots of skill and looked messy. Another involved creating a textured look with a sponge … I felt it looked very cheap. Then I saw the YouTube video for SpreadStone and it looked very easy to do with little mess at a good price.”

Once they received the SpreadStone kit, the Coles took their time with the project. After taping off all the surfaces, they applied two coats of primer. Once that cured, they applied the two stone coats and attacked the sanding. Next came the two clear coat layers, and some touch ups.

“I found the entire process was very easy to do,” says Coles. “It didn’t take any special skills at all. My wife and I are very impressed with the SpreadStone kit. The countertops look great and the Daich Coatings kit saved us thousands of dollars!”

To learn more details about SpreadStone Mineral Select product and see how easy it is to apply, click HERE.

Ben’s Tips:

  • Be gentle with the sanding. Try to use a palm sander with 120 grit sandpaper.
  • Pay extra attention to the instructions on how to do the edges of the countertop. Roll the top surface down over the edge. Only sand the edges by hand, not with the palm sander.
  • Watch the YouTube video. Seeing the steps really helps master the DIY kit.

Anti-Slip RollerRock Ideal for Indoor Pool Deck

Even when it’s cold and snowy outside, it’s warm and inviting at The Inn at Scituate Harbor. Located on the Atlantic Coast in Massachusetts, the inn includes 29 comfortable rooms, each one with a harbor view.

When the weather is too cold to go outside, many guests enjoy the indoor heated pool that’s available year-round for the inn’s guests and local parties. To make the pool area as attractive and safe as possible, the inn’s owners added Daich Coating’s RollerRock and DiaHard100 Epoxy Clear Coat to the deck surface.

Problem/Solution

“Our indoor pool deck was a mess,” says Lynda Ferguson, general manager and co-owner of The Inn at Scituate Harbor. “It was cement and painted or covered with several different things over the years — but nothing would stick.

“In 2017 we decided to try the RollerRock product and it was awesome! This product looks great, it’s stayed down perfectly for several years and has also added a level of safety to our indoor pool deck.”

RollerRock Concrete Surface Covering

Made with real stone, RollerRock is not a paint. It’s a high-performance coating made of stone. Successfully installed on millions of feet of exterior concrete since 2005, RollerRock is applied with just a roller and brush. Available in 15 colors, the surface has a clean, speckled stone appearance.

Because of the stone texture of RollerRock, the product has delivered an anti-slip score of 0.093 — almost twice the OSHA recommended standard. That anti-slip aspect helps a great deal for guest usage of the indoor pool at The Inn at Scituate Harbor — and with the pool parties hosted there for local children.

RollerRock has endured so beautifully in the high humidity of the indoor pool area at The Inn at Scituate Harbor because it resists water, salt, chemicals, mold, mildew, impact and abrasions. The product can also be used on outdoor pool decks and concrete surfaces because it resists UV rays, hot tire pickup, and freeze/thaw conditions.

DiaHard Epoxy Clear Coat Sealant

To seal the RollerRock on the indoor pool deck surface, the team at The Inn at Scituate Harbor used DiaHard 100 Epoxy Clear Coat. The low-odor, zero-VOC formula provided a strong sealant that is salt and chemical resistant.

DaiHard100 Epoxy Clear Coat delivers heavy-duty, industrial strength epoxy durability, wear-resistant beauty and easy maintenance. The self-priming formula has a specially-modified two-part “100% solids” epoxy chemistry that has been proven for years on automotive, commercial and industrial floor surfaces. The “clear shield” of the finish added strength to the pool deck surface that receives daily use.

Long-Term Results

“We’re really pleased with the long-term benefits of RollerRock,” says Ferguson. “We get a lot of positive comments on it from our guests.

“Another aspect that was great about this project was working with the staff at Daich Coatings. They were incredible. They offered us so much helpful information and they were extremely patient with us. This is a product and a company we would definitely use again.”

Out with the Ugly — in with the Impressive!

Stains. Lots of them … that’s what Davina Bell kept finding on her white Formica countertop. It was those stains that finally led her to explore options for redoing her kitchen countertops.

“I’m a ‘cosmetic DIYer’ in my house,” says Bell, a resident of Colorado. “I’ve painted my home interior walls, laid flooring and tiled. When I located the SpreadStone Mineral Select countertop kits online I knew this was the perfect project for our kitchen.”

Cost-Effective Countertop Solution

With a limited budget for her makeover, Bell did her research, ordered the kit and epoxy coating. Then she watched the Daich video showing installation tips. Within one weekend, she got rid of the ugly Formica counter and replaced it with a Volcanic Black SpreadStone countertop.

The SpreadStone Mineral Select Kits can transform existing countertops of laminate, cultured marble, Formica and other solid surfaces. The result is a dynamic multi-colored decorative stone finish that provides shimmering mineral accents and color highlights found in natural mined rock.

With the proprietary stone technology from Daich Coatings, homeowners can get exciting decorative option for enhancing their home interior. In just one weekend, worn-out vanities, bartops, countertops and tables can be turned into luxurious stone surfaces.

“Family members are surprised and jealous about my ‘new’ countertops,” says Bell. “My son and his wife just spent $8,000 for quartz countertops in their home — and he was really impressed with the results of this kit. The very reasonable cost of the Daich Coatings kit was totally worth the results.”

Finishing Off the Kitchen

  Bell’s “new” countertop was the final piece in her kitchen remodel. She had previously redone the floors with peel-and-stick planks and repainted the room.

“My new countertops are amazing,” says Bell. “The transformation from the ugly white Formica to the sleek new black countertops is so impressive. I just can’t stop running my hands over them whenever I walk into the kitchen!”

The SpreadStone Mineral Select kit comes in 10 decorative colors: Onyx Fog, Oyster, Canyon Gold, Mantle Stone, Natural White, Coriander Cream, Sundance, Volcanic Black, Iron Stone and Lodestone.  Each cost-effective kit (available for $125) includes application tools and required coatings to complete 30 to 40 square feet of space. The three-step process includes applications of a stone base coat, decorative stone coat and stone clear top coat.

Davina’s Tips:

  • Follow the directions and take your time.
  • Try using 180 grit sandpaper on your last pass to get the finished product as smooth as possible.
  • Be generous with the epoxy on the top to get a mirror smooth finish.

Get a Grip: With New DIY TracSafe® Anti-Slip Sealer

Reduce the chances of slips and falls on surfaces with new TracSafe® Anti-Slip Sealer from Daich Coatings. With anti-slip ratings up to twice the OSHA standard, TracSafe provides aggressive anti-slip performance with all-weather durability for both residential and commercial settings.

TracSafe Anti-Slip Sealer performs double-duty, as both a high performance clear coat that strengthens and protects surfaces, while also helping to protect the pedestrians who walk on it from slip and fall mishaps. Its high-performance, odorless water-based technology bonds firmly to all types of flooring materials, from concrete, masonry, stone and pavers, to tile, vinyl, linoleum and pre-painted surfaces —indoors and out.

Serious Response to Serious Injuries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 26 percent of the 8,982,730 nonfatal work injuries resulting in days away from work in 2017 were related to slips, trips, and falls.  That translates into more than two million situations in the workplace every year resulting in unnecessary pain and suffering. That number doesn’t include all the other slip and fall incidents that happen outside the workplace every year with customers, and the public at large.

But it wasn’t until a fall of his own, on a slippery tile pool deck, that got Peter Daich, President of Daich Coatings Corporation, serious about developing an effective answer to the problem.

“When I slipped on those tiles, I hit the deck hard and it hurt,” says Daich. “I was annoyed at myself for losing my footing, but was thankful I wasn’t injured. Then I thought about others, like children or someone elderly falling like I did, and not being so lucky.”

To Daich, the solution to the problem seemed obvious: give any property owner the ability to immediately improve foot traction problems on their own, with no complicated steps or prohibitive costs. A coating that could be applied almost anywhere by anyone, making the task of adding slip-resistance to walkways, steps, shower areas, pool decks and more, a no-brainer. “That’s how TracSafe® was born,” says Daich.

Fast, Safe and Effective

In the home, TracSafe can be used on garage and basement floors, utility areas and workshops, pool decks, patios and terraces. In commercial settings, the sealer can be applied to numerous surfaces, including entrances and steps, walkways and access ramps, pool decks, balconies, valet parking areas and commercial/industrial floors.

“This is an especially timely product for our aging population,” says Daich. “People are living longer, and they’re doing that in both their own homes and in group residential settings. A product like TracSafe helps people avoid life-altering falls. This is an important safety element.”

Easy Installation

To install TracSafe, simply roll down two coats of the product a few hours apart using a 3/8” paint roller. Light foot traffic can be resumed in four to six hours (or when fully dry), with normal foot traffic allowed the following day after a 24-hour cure period.

TracSafe’s anti-slip coating technology lays down a uniform foot traction surface that exhibits effective slip resistance properties in both wet and dry conditions, with bare feet and various common pedestrian and work footwear.

The aggressive bond strength of TracSafe does the rest, locking its slip-resistant performance into place to battle the most common and challenging conditions. “TracSafe has excellent adhesion and is designed to last with outstanding resistance to sun, snow, water, salt, chemicals, snow shoveling, foot and vehicle traffic,” says Daich.

“There’s no horizontal concrete surface that won’t benefit by adding TracSafe. Once applied, the exceptional slip-resistant features of the sealer helps people avoid dangerous slips and falls. This has the potential to reduce prolonged pain for individuals, plus costly litigation and skyrocketing insurance costs.”

Durability, Beauty and Dependability

But sheer utility wasn’t the only goal of the Daich Coatings product development team. TracSafe was purposely designed to invisibly blend in and enhance the look of surfaces.

“TracSafe doesn’t try to steal the show and drastically change the look of existing surfaces,” says Daich. “If you like the look of your surface as it is, whether it’s concrete, tile, linoleum or a pre-painted floor or wood deck surface, it can essentially stay just the way it is because TracSafe is a clear coating that preserves the look of the existing surface. If anything, TracSafe simply makes it look better, freshening it up with an attractive satin sheen.”

TracSafe is a low VOC pre-mixed formula that features fast dry-time and easy water clean-up. Once applied, TracSafe provides all-season exterior durability and reliable long-term slip-resistance indoors and out.

TracSafe, along with other Daich Coatings primers and decorative concrete products, is available online at The Home Depot® or online at https://www.daichcoatings.com.

Adding Curb Appeal with SpreadStone™ Decorative Concrete Resurfacing Kit

Cynthia and Dan Capezio wanted to add more curb appeal to their Florida home. Instead of looking up at their home, they looked down at their feet.

“My husband had our home built about 13 years ago,” says Cynthia Capezio. “The large driveway was plain concrete. Then, about five years ago another section was added at the bottom of the driveway, so the concrete colors in the driveway didn’t match. And, to make matters worse, we looked down and saw some very visible cracks.”

To make an impressive change to their home exterior, Cynthia and Dan started to search online for concrete resurfacing DIY products. That’s when they discovered Daich Coatings.

Taking the Plunge After reviewing online information for the SpreadStone™ Decorative Concrete Resurfacing Kits, the Florida couple decided to take the plunge. They ordered five of the large kits in the Cold Gold Slate color, enough to cover 2,000 square feet of space.

The patent-pending pre-mixed, factory-tinted stone coating is easy to roll onto a surface. The coatings dry quickly, so results are fast to see.

“In the beginning of the project we took a full day to clean and pressure wash the driveway and sidewalk,” says Cynthia. “We took extra time to make a diamond-shaped wood template for our stone design.

“It took us a day to figure out exactly how we wanted to do the tape placements. It wasn’t hard, it was just some decisions we had to make. Then we proceeded with the primer and laying down the tape.”

A Step at a Time

With the primer down, the husband-and-wife team waited 24 hours to let the curing take place. Then they followed the instructions and added the base coat and accent colors.

“Each step took us a full day to complete,” says Cynthia. “It’s an awfully big driveway. But, at the end of five days, it was finished.

“Next we tackled the sidewalk. That went much quicker since it was a smaller area and we had the practice of doing the driveway first.”

But There’s More …

To give a truly unique accent to their home exterior, Cynthia and Dan took an extra step. They drew out palm trees, then cut them out of cardboard. The pair traced them onto specific areas on the driveway and sidewalk, then painted them in. Now the palm trees stand out as a sign of welcome for their home.

“We love the new look,” says Cynthia. “Our neighbors have stopped and told us how nice it looks. Many have commented that it looks very professional. This project really increased the curb appeal of our home.

“This was another satisfying home DIY project we’ve done together. Next we’re getting ready to use Daich Coatings products to tackle the garage floor so it matches the driveway!”

Cynthia’s Tips:

– If you live in a warm location like we do, put down the base coat during the early morning hours. We did it mid-day and it was drying before we could roll it on!

– Contact Daich Coatings if you have questions. They were able to mail us real samples so we could see for ourselves what the product would look like before we purchased it.

– Take your time. When tackling a large DIY project like this, it’s great to pace yourself and to also go back to the installation instructions and videos.