Transforming Ugly, Old Kitchen Countertops into Drop-Dead Gorgeous Showpieces

Imagine inheriting a 1962 home that had never been renovated. Where do you start to make your mark? If you’re Stacey Cidlevicz, you start in the kitchen. And, you start with the countertops.

“The original countertops were 58 years old,” says Cidlevicz, a resident of Virginia Beach, Va. “They were lifting at the seams, chipping and peeling. The high cost of a brand new countertop would not fit our budget, so I started researching options online. That’s when I found the Daich Coatings SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit.”

Easy Kit

Cidlevicz watched the how-to videos online, read reviews and decided to tackle the DIY project. In one weekend she turned her countertops from ugly to exceptional.

“The kit was easy to use and came with everything needed to apply each coat,” says Cidlevicz. “We chose the Volcanic Black color to truly change the look of the kitchen. This was a true transformation that took place right before our eyes.

“To preserve the beauty, we applied the epoxy coating to the finished countertops. Then we started other changes and upgrades in the kitchen. Now it’s one of my favorite rooms in the house!”

Fast Transformations

Kristina Bomberger understands the frustration of having an old, ugly kitchen countertop. Hers were from the early 1990s. She had Formica countertops covered with stick-on paper.

“I have children at home plus parents and everyone is always using the kitchen,” says Bomberger, a resident of Bend, Ore. “The video instructions for the countertop kit made it very easy to know exactly what I needed to do and when. This was a simple DIY project with big results. The Natural White countertop just sparkles!”

Now that Bomberger has successfully tackled her kitchen countertops, she’s on to other remodeling challenges. “I’m looking at the Daich stone coatings for other surfaces throughout my home,” says Bomberger. “This is fairly addictive. You see great results very quickly and can truly transform different parts of the home!”

Real Roll-On Stone Coatings

SpreadStone is a dynamic multi-colored decorative stone finish that provides shimmering mineral accents and color highlights found in natural mined rock. The coating system has outstanding resistance to hot pans, stains, abrasion, impact and household cleaners, making it ideal for the general wear and tear common with busy kitchens and other areas of the home.

The proprietary stone technology used in the SpreadStone kit allows homeowners to make easy — and cost effective — upgrades to surfaces like bartops, tables, vanities and countertops. The kit comes in 10 decorative colors and sells for $125 online. Each kit covers up to 40 square feet of surfaces space.


Application of the product can be done in three simple steps — a stone base coat, a decorative stone coat and a stone clear top coat. The coatings create a lasting and elegant new upgrade for any room. The finishes are essentially odorless and come pre-mixed and ready to apply immediately, with no harsh chemicals.

Easy DIY Countertop Transformation

If you think tackling new countertops as a DIY project is too hard for you, think again. Take it from influencer Michelle Felux with Breaking Down the Box. She was surprised at how easy it was to transform her countertops with our SpreadStoneMineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit.

“I expected the application would be a lot more challenging than it was,” says Felux. “When I actually started tackling this project, it was really easy to achieve the look I was going for!”

The “look” she wanted was to transform her old Formica countertops into true accents for her refurbished kitchen. Out of the 10 colors available, Felux selected the Natural White stone color. The SpreadStone is a dynamic multi-colored decorative stone finish that provides mineral accents and color highlights found in natural mined rock. So, along with the white base, Felux now has real stone accents in her countertop.

“On a DIY scale, I’d say this is a ‘1 or 2’ for the entire project,” says Felux. “It was really very easy. I love the shimmering mineral accents that stand out and make this countertop so unique. This product immediately changed the look of my kitchen.”

Standing Up to Family Life

For Felux, who wrote about the project in her blog, it wasn’t just about getting a new look for her countertops. It was about getting a surface that could stand up to the constant demands of family life.

“I have a toddler,” says Felux. “Sometimes she is not the nicest with our kitchen counters. However, the countertops have not chipped or warped in any way during the past few months. The Daich Coatings surface is holding up really well — to heat, liquids, stains and rough treatment!”

Easy Steps

Because Felux has a full house, she decided not to take her entire kitchen out of commission to do the project in one weekend. Instead, she tackled half one weekend, allowing the family to use the other half. Then she switched the next weekend.

Application of the product can be done in three simple steps — a stone base coat, a decorative stone coat and a stone clear top coat. The coatings create a lasting and elegant new upgrade for any room. As a bonus, the cost effectiveness of the product (priced at $125 or less on our website) makes it easy and inexpensive to change the color whenever you like to suit changes in your home’s decor in the future.

Tips from Felux

“Having some counter space available for our on-the-go family to still be able to use was critical for us,” says Felux. “In a household that’s less active, the entire project could definitely be tackled in one weekend.”

One final tip from Felux: wear a respirator when you sand the surface during the prep stage. “The dust masks do an OK job,” says Felux. “However, a respirator gives you the best fit and cleanest breathing air for the fine dust. Otherwise, you’ve got everything you need in the kit to easily transform your countertop!”

Try your hand at this easy DIY project. See the instructional video that shows how easily you too can change the look of your home’s countertops with real stone coatings!

Chase Away Inside Blues with Interior Wall and Tile Refinishing Projects

Bored with your interior walls? Say farewell to ugly tiles and worn-out wallpaper.

Keep busy while at home with an easy DIY project that transforms your interior walls. At Daich Coatings we offer two different ways to enhance your interior walls with a wide variety of finish options. 

Read on to discover how you can:

  1. Use textured brushes to make your walls look like smooth polished marble, natural suede, parchment, dream lace or linen.
  2. Roll on a premium stone or porcelain finish right over existing tiles in a shower, countertop or kitchen backsplash.

Rolling on Wall Finishes

VertiStone® Roll-On Wall Texture uses a unique stone coating technology that adds natural textured beauty to your walls in just minutes. Without mixing, prep work or multi-step labor-intensive processes, VertiStone quickly transforms a room.

Use decorative textured brushes to get different finishes. You can make your walls look like smooth polished marble, natural suede, parchment, dream lace or linen!

 “Textured magic happens on walls so easily when using VertiStone,” says Peter Daich, president of Daich Coatings. “This is a DIY dream project. Just pop the lid from the can and roll on beautiful walls.”

Outstanding Colors

VertiStone tints to thousands of colors and can be applied directly onto drywall, block, masonry and concrete surfaces. Designed for both interior and exterior use, the fast-drying finish features extremely low VOCs and is odorless. The breathable finish does not encourage mold and mildew, so it can be used in high humidity areas of the home, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

 “One of the most unique ways to use VertiStone is to tape off different sections of a wall in a grid pattern,” says Daich. “Then, once the finish is applied and dries, simply remove the tape. You’ll immediately have the effect of real tile.”

Covering Up Old Tile

If you’re looking to cover up tile that’s already in place, SpreadStone Wall Tile Refinishing Kit can handle the job.

“Sometimes the look of a tile gets old and dull,” says Daich. “Other times the grout is stained or you just want a change.

“This DIY kit project is fast and easy. It can be done on tiles in bathrooms and shower areas, on a kitchen backsplash, as an accent wall tile or even on decorative columns.”

All-in-One Kit

The SpreadStone kit includes everything you need to roll on a premium stone or porcelain finish. Starting with a bond coat and stone coating, the existing tile surface is completely covered. A stone accent coat is then applied with a textured roller. Following that, a stone highlight coat is applied. Finally, a stone clear coat is added to seal the finish.

Your new SpreadStone surface on the tiles is hard and durable. It also provides a waterproof barrier. The coatings resist cleaning chemicals, mold and mildew for long-term beauty. All the water-based products are odorless with fast drying times and come in 20 different colors.

“The SpreadStone pre-mixed formula makes it easy to tackle this project like a professional,” says Daich. “By following a few easy steps you can quickly say farewell to dirty grout lines and old-fashioned tiles in just a weekend. And, best of all, this kit is just a fraction of the price that you’d pay to replace your old tiles!”

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.

Before You Begin- Surface Prep Tips

BE CAREFUL If debris is in the pores of your wood or concrete it may effect the anchoring of your Daich Stone coating. Surface Prep Tips Ensure all your surfaces are clean, dry and clear of debris.

Surface preparation is part of the the job.

Achieving a successful and lasting upgrade comes down to making sure your surfaces are clean, dry, clear of debris and ready to be coated. Use the tips provided below to get the maximum value for your investment! 

  • Concrete Surfaces
  • Wood Surfaces
  • Synthetic Surfaces

Is the surface suitable for coating?

Take an honest look at the surface you want to coat and choose the best path forward. A decorative stone coating like RollerRock®, SpreadRock® or SpreadStone™ will only be as dependable as the quality of surface that’s beneath it.

Good

If your concrete is in reasonably good shape – even with a few cracks or small holes – it can be easily prepared for a DAICH overlay coating.

Bad - Do not coat

If your concrete is in reasonably good shape – even with a few cracks or small holes – it can be easily prepared for a DAICH overlay coating.

  • DO NOT COAT IF - The concrete slabs are badly cracked and continue to move
  • DO NOT COAT IF - The slab has a continually powdery surface, this is a possible indicator of bad concrete
  • DO NOT COAT IF - You are attempting to cover interlocking stone pavers

Fix structural issues before you coat

If there are holes or cracks, now is the time to patch them up. A little time spent now will make a big difference in the final appearance and long term performance of your newly finished porch, steps, patio, and more.

Cracked Concrete

1) Hairline cracks usually do not require patching and can be coated normally when the decorative finish is applied.

2) Minor cracks can be filled with cement patch or ElastoLock Cement Patch or lastly a generous brush-applied coat of ElastoLock®.

3) Larger cracks will need to be filled with a suitable crack repair mortar. If the slab is still moving, the crack may reappear later on.

Heavily Pitted Concrete & Holes

Extensive surface pitting and unsightly large holes could transmit through your final finish. For ideal results, they should be skimmed smooth or filled with an adequate cement-based filler and allowed to cure fully before top-coating.

If your concrete is new, very smooth or powdery than etching is recommended

Just pour Daich Cleaner/Etcher onto wet concrete, scrub lightly and move the solution around with a stiff deck brush and let it fizz for a few minutes. After etching, thoroughly rinse away any residues. If the project is outdoors, follow with a good pressure wash for easiest, ultra-effective cleaning.

  • Add bonding profile to very smooth concrete such as garage floors
  • Open concrete pores for better penetration
  • Remove surface residues in new concrete
  • Remove efflorescence; a mineral salt that rises to the surface and blocks adhesion.

Clean your exterior concrete using a pressure washer

This is absolutely the most effective cleaning tool there is. Use at least 1700 p.s.i. with a “turbo nozzle” or “orbital tip” a few inches from the ground. Be sure to move slowly in a uniform SWEEPING MANNER.

DO NOT wave the washer back and forth quickly like a leaf blower. This will not clean properly in result in bonding issues. 

Is the wood suitable for coating?

Take an honest look at the surface you want to coat and choose the best path forward.

Good

If your concrete is in reasonably good shape – even with a few cracks or small holes – it can be easily prepared for a DAICH overlay coating.

Bad - Do not coat

If your concrete is in reasonably good shape – even with a few cracks or small holes – it can be easily prepared for a DAICH overlay coating.

  • DO NOT COAT IF - The wood covered with a previous coating that is peeling - strip down to bare wood
  • DO NOT COAT IF - The wood is oily such as cedar
  • DO NOT COAT IF - The wood with extreme checking / cracking - first replace the affected wood
  • DO NOT COAT IF - The wood is weak and/or spongy with obvious signs of rot - first replace affected wood
  • DO NOT COAT IF - The surface is plywood on an unsound structure - first improve the structure

Don't coat wet plywood

If any portion of the plywood surface needs to be cleaned, do not use large amounts of water, which will soak into the wood. A damp sponge for quick wipes is acceptable.

Otherwise sanding is recommended to “shave off” problematic areas and avoid water use before coating.

A wood moisture content of about 15% is ideal.

Interior Plywood Floors

1) Tap down any nails or tighten screws. If the head of the nail or screw looks rusty, it should be replaced with a new galvanized one.

2) Scuff the surface with 100 grit sandpaper to add surface tooth for better bond.

3) Vacuum all sanding dust CAREFULLY. Good vacuuming, means good performance.

4) Treat the seams between plywood sheets with DAICH ElastoLock Rubber Membrane Coating and Elastolock Seam Mesh.

Exterior Plywood Floors

1) Tap down any nails in the boards or tighten deck screws. If the head of the nail or screw looks rusty, it should be replaced with a new galvanized one.

2) Scuff the surface with 100 grit sandpaper to add surface tooth for better bond.

3) Vacuum all sanding dust CAREFULLY. Good vacuuming, means good performance.

4) Plywood must be at least 5/8 exterior grade on 16 joists. Posts should be installed to a depth below the frost line. Caulk all holes and gaps before proceeding with application of ElastoLock.

5) Treat the seams between plywood sheets — and then the general surface with DAICH ElastoLock Rubber Membrane Coating, and ElastoLock® Seam Mesh and Reinforcing fabric. This will create a highly durable, resilient, water-proof base upon which you can install your desired Daich decorative stone coating.

Cleaning Pressure Treated Lumber Boards

1) Wet a section of the deck with water and then pour on Daich UltraWash™ Pressure Treated Wood Cleaner. Give the planks a scrub with a deck brush to remove any dirt, surface residues and old gray wood fibers.

2) Rinse the surface thoroughly with a pressure washer to remove all wash residues.

3) Repeat these steps on remaining sections of the deck surface and then allow the boards to dry out thoroughly for a few days. (Moisture level in the wood can be accurately confirmed with a moisture meter. A reading of about 15% is ideal for long-term coating performance.)

Pressure Treated Lumber Pre-Coat Preparation

With the surface clean and dry, the following should be performed:

1) Tap down any nails in the boards or tighten deck screws. If the head of the nail or screw looks rusty, it should be replaced with a new galvanized one.

2) If the planks are very smooth, scuff the surface lightly with 80 grit sandpaper to add some surface profile for better bond. Thoroughly vacuum any dust created by scuffing.

3) Fill larger cracks, holes or “checking” in the boards with ElastoLock® Water-Proof Rubber Spackle for a flexible waterproof plug that will move with the surface.

4) Roll on a uniform, generous coat of ElastoLock® with a 3/8” roller. Brush ElastoLock in between the deck boards to waterproof those surfaces as well. Also, be sure to generously coat all cut ends of the planks to block water intrusion. (If possible, coat the underside of the deck with ElastoLock too, for ultimate water protection all around.)

ElastoLock will fill minor cracks and checking and create a more uniform, waterproof and resilient surface. It will also function as an intermediate coating and adhesion promoter for coatings that will follow. Allow 24 hours to dry before proceeding with the desired coating system.

Waterproofing wood is super easy

  • Fill larger cracks, holes or "checking" in pressure treated lumber boards
  • Fill larger cracks, holes or "checking" in the boards
  • Coat surfaces to create a highly durable, resilient, water-proof base for other Daich Stone Coatings

Sand to create a bond where there is none

The main challenge when applying any coating to synthetic or “man-made” surfaces, is the lack of surface texture and porosity. Unlike concrete and wood, which have pores in the surface that invite penetration and anchoring of the coating, synthetic surfaces are often very smooth.

The simple way to overcome this is to rough up the surface thoroughly before coating to give your new finish something to grab and lock on to. As well, the installation surface must be clean and in good condition. The excellent bonding power of the DAICH spreadable stone products will do the rest.

Linoleum

1) Vigorously scuff with 40-grit sandpaper to add profile.

2) Wash the floor to remove any dirt or debris.

3) Glue down lifting or separated seams. Patch any tears or holes with ElastoLock® Spackle or cement patch.

4) Where seam movement between linoleum parts is significant, ElastoLock can be used in combination with ElastoLock Seam Mesh Tape to create a flexible join.

Ceramic Tile Floors and Countertops

1) Scuff with 40 grit sandpaper to break the glaze.

2) Wash the floor or countertop to remove any debris.

3) Roll on a uniform coat of ElastoLock as an adhesion promoter for coatings that will follow. Let it dry until the following day before proceeding.

4) If the existing grout line pattern will be used on the floor, roll on a coat of Daich Textured Primer. After the primer has dried fully, mask off the grout lines with Daich Grout Line tape before applying your desired floor finish.

5) If a new grout pattern (or seamless application for your floor or TILE SURFACE) is desired, skim coat the surface with polymer enhanced thinset. This will eliminate all previous grout lines for a new, flat surface.

6) Proceed with the decorative Daich Coatings floor or countertop finish of your choice, as directed.