“I Knew If I Could Paint, I Could Apply This Product”

Teresa Woodruff is a not really a DIYer. However, inspired to get rid of her baby blue kitchen countertops, she took the plunge.

“I can, and do, paint inside my home,” says Woodruff, a resident of Washington. “So I figured I could roll on a new countertop finish — and I was right!”

Kitchen Upgrade

After living for 28 years with the “battle scarred and worn” kitchen countertops, Woodruff and her husband, Mark Jensen, dove in to tackle the project. They started by taking out the sink and faucet completely, to give them easy access to the countertop surface.

“Preparation is everything,” says Woodruff. “If you follow the instructions you’re in great shape.”

Woodruff and Jensen decided to start by painting all their kitchen cabinets white. Then they painted the walls Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) by Sherwin-Williams®. Adding the Onyx Fog countertops from Daich Coatings was the perfect fit. After that they installed a two-piece light bronze metal-looking backsplash above the stove. New flooring and appliances will be added soon.

“The SpreadStone™ Countertop Finishing Kit was a life saver,” says Woodruff. “I bought a second kit to coat our two small bathroom countertops. I guess I’m really becoming a DIYer after all.

“The new countertops make me feel happy. The real stone coating is very elegant. I’m glad we took the plunge with the SpreadStone product — we truly love the results!”

 

Bye-Bye Formica® Countertops!

Back in the 1940s and 1950s, Formica® countertops started popping up in new homes across America. Unfortunately, they’re still in many homes.

“My countertops were standard Formica and not in good shape,” says Christy Duggan, a Mississippi homeowner. “This year we decided to redo our kitchen, and I knew they had to go!”

Budget-Friendly Options

As Duggan researched her options and watched YouTube videos, she found the SpreadStone™ Countertop Finishing Kit most appealing.

“The Daich Coatings kit stood out both in ease-of-use and the look of the final product,” says Dugan. “Plus it fit from a budget standpoint. We had priced out new countertops and they were expensive.

“To replace my countertops the product would be about $1,000 and my husband Matt and I would have to do all the installation labor. Instead, we invested $250 for two SpreadStone kits, and it was half the amount of work.”

Tips for Success

Using the Bright White finish, the Duggans got to work. Matt and Christy invested a full day in prep of the countertops to make sure they were ready to accept the SpreadStone product.

“Take time with your prep work,” says Duggan. “We used Bondo® to cover the seams, small holes and some soft spots on the countertop. After sanding them smooth, we easily applied the base coat, stone coating and clear coat. It just takes time in between the steps for them to cure.”

Impressive Results

With their new countertops complete, the Duggans finished the kitchen overhaul by painting cabinets, replacing the sink and faucet, and installing new appliances.

“The overall appearance of the SpreadStone finish is stunning,” says Duggan. “There are no more seams, the countertop is shiny, and the feel and texture are perfect. I’m completely impressed with the results.

“This was a full weekend project, but it was easy for a DIYer. The results are beyond my expectations. We have enough left in our second kit that I plan to cover the bathroom vanity.

“I think I’m addicted to Daich Coatings. We’re even talking about resurfacing a small outdoor kitchen space and a counter on the deck!”

 

Full Kitchen Makeover for $1,100

Is it possible to fully update a 1970s kitchen with new flooring, countertops, stove, lighting and cabinets for just $1,100? Yes, it is!

New Flooring

Anna took on this challenge when her husband agreed to put in much-needed new flooring in their kitchen. Her old floor had vinyl tiles with a brick appearance. In several places the tiles had come up, and the subfloor was rotted.

“The new flooring was the most expensive part of the makeover,” says Anna. “Our beautiful new floor is luxury vinyl planking that’s 100% waterproof.”

Like-New Cupboards

While her husband worked on the flooring, Anna got started sanding and prepping her Formica cupboards. She removed hardware and scrubbed each piece with steel wool, then repainted the hardware.

Having the advantage of an existing backsplash of off-white subway tiles that are now back in style, Anna chose a taupe color for her cupboards. After completing the repainting of the cupboards and hardware, she turned next to the countertops.

 

Countertop Tips for Success

“I did a Google search for countertop alternatives and found Daich Coatings,” says Anna. “My tight budget forced me to look for different options instead of replacing the countertops. The SpreadStone Countertop Finishing Kit was the perfect solution.”

Anna was more than ready to get rid of her Formica laminate countertops. They had unsightly burn marks and chips that she was eager to cover.

After selecting the Oyster color kit, Anna got to work.

“The best piece of advice I can offer anyone doing a kitchen rehab is to try and have a design plan in place with all your colors chosen before selecting the countertop color,” says Anna. “After that, just follow the easy instructions in the kit!”

Anna offers these tips to anyone tackling the countertop kit:

Tip #1 – Clean and prep your surface very well before applying your base coat.

Tip #2 – Once the base coat is completed and thoroughly dry, apply the stone coating. Move the stone pieces around on the countertop to get an even distribution. There’s no “right or wrong” for this step — it’s just your personal preference.

Tip #3 – A rotary sander makes the job of sanding super easy!

Tip #4 – Take extra time to thoroughly clean the surface before applying the sealant.

Tip #5 – Apply several top coats of sealant for a very durable finish. I used three!

Tip #6 – Make sure not to get any water droplets on the surface during the curing time of the sealant.

Economical Countertop Kit

With the countertop finished, the entire kitchen upgrade was almost complete. Anna found a “new” stove on Craigslist for $75. Then she visited a local thrift store and found a hanging light fixture for over the sink. The price? Just $8.

“The Daich Coatings countertop product was the most fun I had with this project,” says Anna. “The results even fooled a contractor friend of ours. When he came over to see it, he thought we had replaced our countertops with real granite!

“The countertop kit was right up my alley. It saved the day to complete my new kitchen on a very tight budget. I’m recommending this kit to all my friends. It’s an affordable project that brings very impressive results!”

Razzle Dazzle Countertop

            Boring. That’s how Marjorie Mora describes her old, greyish kitchen countertops. What she needed was a change.

            “Frankly, the kitchen countertops were ugly,” says Mora, an influencer with Razzle Dazzle Styles. “We needed a nice pop of color to the countertops, and the Oyster color in the SpreadStone Countertop Finishing Kit did the job!”

Tips for Success

            Mora tackled the countertop project with gusto. She watched the installation video and read the directions. Then she taped off areas and got started.

            “We improvised a bit with using a paint brush in some cases instead of the rollers,” says Mora. “This is a very personal project, so you have to get the finish you want.”

            Another tip from Mora is to have extra sand paper on hand plus a dry wall scraper. “We used the dry wall scraper on the last coat after it dried completely,” says Mora. “It smoothed out the stone beautifully. Just lightly scrape the top layer, then you can sand it a bit. Once the clear coat goes on it looks very pretty!”

Out with the Old

 

“It’s really exciting to have the new stone finish on the countertops,” says Mora, who documents the process on her blog site. “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the easiest, I give this project a rating of a 2. 

“Expect it to be a bit dusty and messy of a project, especially at first, but the benefits are definitely there. The finish has a richness to it. If you can scrape and paint, then you have all the talents needed to successfully complete this DIY project and get a gorgeous-looking countertop!”

From the Kitchen to the Bathroom … Homeowner Adds Real Stone Coatings

“My 1950s era home hadn’t been changed since it was built,” says Renee, a resident of Indiana. “The kitchen countertops were ugly orange Formica with steel edges. I went online to research decorative DIY options and was thrilled to discover the SpreadStone™ Countertop Finishing Kits.”

Once she got started, she just couldn’t stop. Renee began with her kitchen countertops … then she moved on to the tub and countertop in her main bathroom. All along the way she was transforming surfaces with real stone products from Daich Coatings.

Adding Real Stone Finishes

Available for less than $125 a kit, 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 decorative stone solutions come in 11 decorative color options. All application tools and required coatings are included in a kit. Each kit transforms up to 40 square feet of surface. The finishes are essentially odorless and come pre-mixed and ready to apply immediately, with no harsh chemicals.

“Everything was included in the kit and the instructions were very clear,” says Renee. “This is an easy DIY project. In three steps I had transformed those old kitchen countertops!”

Renee, a retired professor, went all-in for her kitchen project. She repainted her wooden cabinets, got a new backsplash, and switched from an orange to bright white kitchen countertops. But she didn’t stop there. Next she tackled a top-to-bottom bathroom update.

Big Bathroom Changes

Renee was happy to say farewell to her outdated pink and green bathroom. She decided on new flooring, wall tiles and sinks. However, rather than ditch her old countertop and tub, she decided to give them new life.

“I liked the results of the kitchen countertop so much that I got another SpreadStone kit to tackle my bathroom countertop,” says Renee. “It looked so elegant when I was finished that I kept going.”

After gaining the green light from Daich Coatings, Renee purchased one of the company’s SpreadStone™ Wall Tile Refinishing Kits. She redid her pink tiled-walls and is happy with the results.

Satisfying Results

“The customer service team guided me through using the base coat from this kit on my tub surface,” says Renee. “Then I completed the project with the same color and finish as my countertop from the SpreadStone Countertop Kit.

“I love that the double sink vanity matches the bathtub. Daich Coatings products allowed me to easily change the dated 1050s pink and blue bathroom into a more contemporary style. I’m already looking around my house for the next project to tackle!”

SpreadRock® Helps Homeowner Gain a “Beachfront Property”

Barb M. lives in a condo in Highland Heights, Kentucky...

…That’s about 600 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. However, Barb likes her beach vacations so much that she decided to bring the seaside to her home … and SpreadRock® helped!

Seaside Mural

 “I’ve pictured a calming beachfront mural on my patio wall for several years,” says Barb. “I enjoy the beach for vacations. So, I hired artist Chris Powers to transform my patio with an oceanfront mural!”

Powers, with Good Egg Art Studio in Ludlow, Kentucky, was happy to oblige. The experienced mural artist included everything Barb likes best on her patio wall — jumping dolphins, fishing and sailing boats, sea grass, sandpipers and even footprints in the sand.

Creating a Calming Setting

Before hiring Powers to create the mural, Barb looked carefully at her patio floor. She decided it needed a change.

“I wanted the floor to continue the look of the sand from the mural,” says Barb. “So I searched for sand-like coatings and discovered Daich Coatings. We chose the Brownstone color in the SpreadRock product because it looked like a variety of sandy colors in the mix.

“I understand the product is actually real stone. However, it had the look I craved for this patio.”

Barb enlisted the help of her son for the patio project. He put down a golden colored base coat to prep the concrete. Then they applied two coats of SpreadRock and two coats of clear sealer.

“SpreadRock was just the right product to give that ‘finished look’ to my DIY patio project,” says Barb. “I’ve recommended this easy-to-apply product to others. I’m so pleased with the outcome … and with my new beachfront property!”

 

Passionate About Pavement

The product Bartley was “hooked” on is SpreadStone Decorative Concrete Resurfacing Kits from Daich Coatings. The pre-mixed, factory-tinted stone coating system locks onto concrete to create a surface with a stunning decorative appeal and outstanding performance.

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Easy Steps Get You a New Kitchen Countertop

Kitchen After

Easy Steps Get You a New Kitchen Countertop

Kitchen After

Step-by-step details. That’s exactly what influencer Jennifer Schriner provides you with in her story “Update Your Kitchen Countertops Without Removing Them.”

Last year Jennifer, owner and publisher of the Inspiring Savings blog, tackled her own kitchen countertops. She chose our SpreadStone Countertop Finishing Kit in Natural White to put elegance back into her kitchen.

What we like best about Jennifer’s story is that she takes you through each precise step of how she transformed her countertops.

So, rather than us walk you through how easy it is to get new stone countertops, read Jennifer’s story. Just click HERE to learn how she made this happen in her own home!

Inspiration from Others

SpreadStone Countertop Refinishing Kit

Before we launch in to 2021, let’s take a final look back at 2020.

We were able to work with some wonderful people last year on a wide variety of projects. Here’s a look
back at some of our favorites. Hopefully they can serve as inspiration for your Daich Coatings projects moving
into the new year!

Adding Florida Curb Appeal

Homeowners Cynthia and Dan Capezio certainly added curb appeal to their home with our SpreadStone
Decorative Concrete Resurfacing Kit in a Cold Gold Slate color. They turned their plain concrete driveway into
a work of art … complete with decorative palm trees!

When she moved into her new Texas home, Lindsey Wiese wanted the garage floor to look as nice as the rest of the house. She used the DiaHard 100 Industrial Strength Epoxy Floor Kit to get just the look she wanted.
Using three kits, Lindsey invested just $300 in a tan coating that transformed her garage.

Garage Epoxy Coating
SpreadStone Countertop Refinishing Kit

This year’s Daich Coating’s “Kitchen DIY Queen” used SpreadStone Countertop Finishing Kits in Onyx Fog to help change the look of her kitchen. Michelle Caples got rid of her ugly blue countertops, repainted her cabinets and changed over the entire look of her kitchen!

Jack Paul created a wonderful new entrance to the basement apartment he shares with his wife in Pennsylvania. He used SpreadStone Decorative Resurfacing Kit in Cold Gold on the walls, and the Midnight
Slate on the stairs. Farewell ugly concrete and block walls … hello and inviting entryway!

RollerRock patio

Patio, pool deck and walkway … they all have new RollerRock coating on them at Judy and Bob Dulovic’s home. The Earth tone covers their previous RollerRock application from 12 years ago. Pretty good for areas of the home that get lots of foot traffic!

Creating a Safe Balcony

Balcony Shot

Like many homeowners, John and Darline McKay wanted to maximize their living space. One way they decided to do this was to replace a window in their main bedroom with a pair of full-lite French doors. This allowed them to “push out” and create a new second floor balcony overlooking a nearby golf course.

To achieve their goals, the McKays hired Carey Bros. Remodeling. Known as the hosts of On the House with the Carey Brothers radio show, brothers James and Morris tackled the project, plus expanded some living spaces in the home.

 

Picking the Best Products

When it came time to add the new balcony, the Carey Brothers knew exactly where to turn — to Daich Coatings.

            “We’ve successfully worked with many Daich Coatings products on previous remodeling projects,” says James Carey. “Our policy is to give our clients the best bang for their home improvement buck. So, we specify and install products that are durable, attractive and require minimal maintenance. Daich Coatings products address all of these criteria, plus provide so much more!”   

Step-by Step

Carey explains that creating the balcony flooring required three steps and three products. “We started with ElastoLock® rubber membrane coating to create a waterproof seal,” says Carey. “This included using seam mesh, a roll of reinforcing fabric and Elastolock spackle. This gives the balcony a leak-free system.

 

            “Once that base layer was on, we used textured bone primer and then applied SpreadRock® coating in a Sandstone color. It looks fabulous! Our clients fell in love with the color.

 

“Then we decided to take it a step further. So, we used the TracSafe Anti-Slip Sealer to clear coat and protect the Sandstone color. With TracSafe we have the added benefit that if the balcony gets wet, it still won’t be slippery for the McKays.”

 

            With the project finished, John and Darline now enjoy more light and fresh breezes into their Brentwood, California home. And, when the mood strikes them, they head out to the balcony to look at the mountains on their beautiful showroom-quality, slip-resistant surface!