Epoxy Countertops, Recipes and Remodeling

As much as I love cooking, I have really loved redecorating parts of our new house! In the fall of 2019, our family moved from Appleton to Wrightstown when we bought a 90’s style ranch. Along with the massive amounts of leaves, trees, and basement amazingness… this house came with the highest amount of Golden Oak everything I had ever seen. All of the wood was a golden orange. Kitchen cabinets, window trim, door trim, bathroom cabinets, and all of the 12 interior doors.
It makes my eye literally twitch thinking about it. On top of the obviously aged, yet real oak, the walls were dingy and painted a shade of greige that has since lost its luster. As a result, the brownest room received a makeover first, including Homemade Countertops with a neat Epoxy design.

ranch home

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Published January 7, 2021
Updated March 1, 2022
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Why we did a renovation so soon

Our new house came with the perk of having a second bathroom. With 6 people, this was a must-have on our list. We didn’t even consider any houses that were under two full bathrooms. But the joke was on us because we actually bought the first house we looked at. I am serious, we were crazy. And by we, I mean I. When we were looking at this house Tyler was not convinced. He, and our realtor, wanted us to look at more houses before “settling” for what I felt was the obvious choice. From the moment I walked in through the door, which my dad had to literally push me through, I felt this pang in my heart…

everything was brown in the bathroom

I was home.   It physically took my breath away. We were all smitten after the second viewing! Within the first 24 hours after signing the papers, and after our first night sleeping on our mattresses on the floor, each of our three sons said the home felt like it was always ours; that it felt more like a home than the one we had lived in for the last ten years. It was magical. And Tyler found out we actually DID have a walk-in master closet!
Along with posting about recipes, I would love to take you on a journey through our renovating, remodeling, additions, tree removal, gravel shoveling, and updates of our 3-bedroom 2-bathroom ranch with all of the trees into a 5-bedroom 3-bathroom ranch with an amazing backyard.

Elliana in Green Bay Packers outfit looking at the winter snow outside

Even though there is a deck in this picture, that deck no longer exists. In summer of 2021, we had help from family and friends, and a lot of elbow grease, in completing a poured and stamped concrete patio! Check it out by clicking the link below.

Golden Oak every place you look

Our first year was fraught with many trials, wins, illness, pain, homeschooling (ahem- “crisis-schooling“), lockdown, overwork, trees, runaway animals, sleepless nights, teething toddlers, and mold. Oh, the mold! I might spare you the pictures of the mold in the bathroom that we had found. Maybe.
One thing I do miss from our old home is the kitchen. It was so pretty, and nice, and new; and now my kitchen is grimy, outdated, and golden oak. I am not a fan. But God is a fan of teaching me patience- which I sorely lack- and I am resounded to live with the brass fixtures until it is time to redo the kitchen. If it were up to me, it would be painted by tomorrow. I am serious.

boys and Tyler in golden oak orange kitchen

There is a piece of my brain that did not fully develop impulse control. I like to say “YES” to all of the chocolate. And candy, cookies, and pretzels. Sometimes it is the best part of me, and sometimes it is the worst. Our kitten Ethel is proof of this! One of our neighbors posted a mewing kitten outside of her home, has horrible allergies and asked someone to come get it. Consequently, we got her. See? How could I resist!?

Ethel cat leaning towards camera and curious
Ethel cat sitting, she is a Tourtose shell cat

Epoxy Countertop project begins!

So, come along with me on a journey with food and recipes, kids and pets, remodeling and construction! I am so excited to be sharing our lives with each of you. And I promise to keep politics out of this blog. Really. No one needs that kind of negativity in their lives in 2021.
Our first project was a redo of the hallway bathroom. The walls were brown. The ceiling was brown. The doors, cabinet, countertop and even the sink and shower, were all shades of brown. It was nasty. And it had a smell, a sour smell that no amount of bleach and floor cleaner could kill. The previous owner had installed a handicap accessible toilet, so they were tall and long. Not good for a 3-year-old who was still toilet training. When the old toilet came off, it revealed the source of the smell. Mold, y’all, it was mold. We ended up having to rip out the entire laminate flooring (honestly not a big loss) down to the subfloor and cleaning it, painting a mold-resistant layer on the subfloor, and redoing the rest of the room.

Original full bathroom design with brown walls, doors, countertop and ceiling

I feel like this image is not an accurate representation of the actual amount of brown in the room. I mean, you cannot even see the ceiling! It was just so much brown. We ended up removing the countertop and redoing one in a really awesome style.

Making the Countertop

One of our friends had started doing Epoxy Countertops, and we wanted to give it a try. Tyler made the countertop, trim, and mirror frame out of MDF and used a tool to router the edges. This step did take quite a bit of time, as he literally made this piece to fit the exact space on the vanity. The Countertop was custom built down to the rostered sink rim and trim around the mirror.

countertop base made from MDF and painted grey

 After the countertop was primed, Tyler used spray paint to give a base coat of grey and blues like a vein. The main reason for using a blue vein was to give the Epoxy Countertop a look of depth and tone. Doing this also helped to make the countertop design not look flat.

subtle coloring on grey countertop base

Almost ready for pouring! We set the countertop on blocks to keep it completely off of the table as the Epoxy is unforgiving when stuck. We also had plastic on the floor and tried to vacuum dust out of the space for days prior to this Epoxy pour, as any and all dust would be visible in the epoxy as it dries.

spray paint on tabletop next to MDF countertop

What Epoxy Countertops Brand did we use?

Doing the epoxy was so fast, I did not have the time needed to take pictures while we were doing the pour. We used Stone Coat Countertops for our Epoxy and their recommended steps. We loved watching videos and chose to make the bathroom into a Carrara Marble design with grey, blue, and gold veins. Truly one of a kind! Since we have last used their products there have been a lot of changes to their products available.

Moulding and Trim

Tyler made the crown molding and also the trim that encases the lights and mirror out of MDF. He used a router and made all of the pieces fit like a beautiful puzzle. During the countertop pour, we also had to work on the pieces and make them look like they were all cut out of one Marble slab. The main tool Tyler used for this trim was his Bosch Router. This was the first project on the house and this Router has been used over a dozen times since. If you need a great tool for home projects, this one comes highly recommended by Tyler and me.

Waterfall Epoxy Countertops design

This is the inside edge of the sink basin. It was so much fun making these waterfall edges. We used spray paint for all of the colors, and also gold and grey accents.

 Once the Epoxy Countertop was cured and completely dry, Tyler went to work gluing the undermount sink to the finished countertop! This step was nerve-racking as there was very little working time as the glue dried quite fast.

undermount sink attaching to Epoxy Countertop base

Extra Epoxy Countertop Bathroom Projects

In the bathroom, the vanity and doors also had a makeover. We sanded the golden oak stain off, then stained them all a chocolate brown. This process included two layers of polyurethane over the top as a topcoat. This was my first-time using stain, and it went easier than expected.

vanity cabinet-stained chocolate brown for epoxy countertop remodel

Epoxy Countertop Dry Fit

After the sink basin was dried in place properly, Tyler brought it in for a dry fit. Doing so helped to make sure the fit was correct. However, the countertop fit like a glove and no modifications were needed.

dry fit of Epoxy Countertop on vanity

Installing the mirror with the side trim and crown molding to hold the mirror was extra tricky! The mirror is not glued to the wall, but literally resting on the MDF molding Tyler made. Tyler designed the pieces to look like it was all cut out of one piece of Carrara Marble.

Epoxy Countertop mounted in place on bathroom vanity

Chevron Wall Art

After the bathroom was painted, and the gross brown was gone, I made a stencil and designed this wall behind the toilet to look like a hand painted chevron wallpaper. Using cardboard, I measured out what the spacing would need to be and then cut slices and made a template. With the stencil, I used a pencil and made likes where the brushstrokes will go. Using a thin paintbrush, I painted over the pencil lines, and voila! On the other hand, I could have bought this one for $19.00, but instead made mine for $0.00. Being frugal is the best!

Tyler even put up some shelving so we could display some fanciness. Thanks to Heather, Kim and Emily from 3 of a Kind for the AMAZING sighs and plant! Check out their website below. Not only do they do crafts, but they also have bows, gifts, handcrafted decorations and more. We are so proud with how the entire bathroom came together. From the new flooring to the trim and Epoxy Countertop, the entire bathroom is new and fresh.

block wall hangings with decorations in bathroom

Enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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