Wednesday, April 16, 2014

one room challenge...week 3


Are you guys good at estimating how long a diy project will take?
Hands down, I'm the all-time worst! I think I've mentioned this every time I've done 
a One Room Challenge.    
I do have one item I can cross off the list, the new counter top on our island. 
I've been dying to tell you about it, I first found out about it after reading
You guys know I'm all about getting a high end look for less, 
and I'd never steer you wrong, right?
It's Formica...and I LOVE it!


It deserves a post all its own with pretty pictures, so I'm holding off on
giving you all the details until the end of the challenge when I can show it off
with doors on the cabinets and such. Ok, I'll spill a couple of my favorite features,
no seams in my huge island, and did you notice the bullnose edge...LOVE!  
Formica has come a long way and I can't wait to fill you in, it's the look of
 marble without the expense, or worry of maintenance.

Update on some of the unfinished items...
the cabinet doors are painted, they still need hardware
 and to be put back on the hinges. Tutorial to come, I'd still be painting if it
weren't for the HomeRight paint sprayer!  


We have hardware!! Thanks so much for weighing in on the color!
I made a trip to Ikea and picked up some different styles and sizes.
GOLD it is, add another paint project to the list.


I also started painting my tile, it's porous and is soaking it up.
 This photo shows one coat of primer. For my test I used two
coats of primer and two coats of paint.   
And then there's the chandeliers and the hood...I'm making myself finish
these before I can go on to the pretty fabrics. :)


There you have it friends, thanks so much for following along and all of your
encouragement on Instagram - you're the BEST! 

Let's go see what these ladies have been up to this week...



   

58 comments:

Sara Lorton said...

That top is oh-so-good...I can't believe it's formica!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Guaranteed formica countertop sales soar after this post!!! It looks AMAZING Pam, I can hardly believe it's formica. You are totally rocking my world right now!!!! Also the painted tile looks sooooooo good!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow!!! just gorgeous, pam!!! that countertop- swoon!!! i can't wait to see the painted tile, too!

Kim said...

Formica? Exactly what Lisa just said … Sales will be UP today missy!! Can't wait to hear all the details!!

Julia Konya said...

Wow, formica?????
And painting the tiles! You are awesome!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

No way! Your island looks SO good! My Mom put a marble formica on her counters last year, and it really does look so nice! I'm just so excited for you...your kitchen is going to be so stylish, of course!

Denise Greenwood said...

The formica is great Pam!! Looks amazing! Painting your tiles - wow how smart! It's so hard to push through the boring stuff and wait for the pretty things right??

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

A labor of love, for sure. You know I feel your sweat, and know how deep into it you are! It is looking great, and the formica is fabulous!!!! Best of luck dear friend, xo Nancy

Christine Dovey said...

I can't BELIEVE that's formica- for realz??!?! Amazing!!!!!! Your doors are looking great too and good call on the gold hardware- cant' wait to see it all together next week:)

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

Oohhh - can't wait to learn all about those fabulous new countertops!! And finishing spraying your cabinet is huge! I can already tell it's going to be quite the reveal!!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Pam...I love the island and I need to find out more about Formica...it looks beautiful!

Jen (House of Ruby Jean) said...

Love it all, Pam! That island is BANANAS!! I'm having fun joining the ONC too...so inspiring.

Mallory High said...

That is incredible and the Formica on your island is EXACTLY what I want on mine! I want to know more:) You're going to have one smashing kitchen! And you are a very, very brave person. xoxo

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

That's Formica!!!!! WOW....I love it!!! Can't wait to see the room finished.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks amazing. Can't wait to see more.

Erin Burke said...

Oooo....the counters look good! I've been doing lots of laminate research for our upcoming kitchen reno. Think I'm going faux soapstone on the perimter counter. Can't wait to hear (and see) more about your marble....and the painted tile!

Tobe | BIA said...

that hardware is deeeeeeeeelicious. you are smoking, lady! some serious progress up in thur.

The Pink Pagoda said...

I just cannot believe that's formica!! Sooooo interesting. I'm wondering about a backsplash....

Sorry, back to your ORC. It's looking great, Pam! You're completely changing the look of the room with the paint. I'm looking forward to hearing how to paint tile! You're not afraid to try anything, are you?!

Vel Criste said...

I can't believe it's formica?! Really thought it was marble!!!!!! Love the handles you chose as well, a bit more contemporary so I'm dying to see the finished room Pam!!!!

Ashlina Kaposta said...

in the thick of it huh? oh thats formica? whaaaa? its going to be so good. can't wait to see.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looking so good Pam...I can't wait to see more!! Can't wait to see your tile with the finished coat...it's making me want to paint the tiled wall in our Laundry room.

Jenny said...

Dang girl! You are killing this one room challenge! It's looking fantastic, and I can't believe that island is formica - never would have guessed by looking! And painting tile - you go!

Mallory said...

You never cease to amaze! I would have never ever thought to paint tile and I can already see how great its going to look. I used "carrera" formica in our last home and really really liked it too! xo

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Gorgeous! You'll finish it all, Pam! I believe in you. That island is fabulous. I can't wait to hear all about it. It looks amazing!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

The island looks amazing. I love Formica now! And the best part is that it is headache free. That is priceless. Can't wait to see that hardware.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I am going to sound like a commercial....THAT'S FORMICA? It looks amazing, and I want to know so much more about it. I would have know that this DIY project was beyond my abilities at this stage of my life. You are going to have a new kitchen in a few short weeks. Hang in there it is looking so great.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Holy formica! I need to see this stuff in person. I love that you are painting the tile. I've always wanted to try that. Ripping out and re-tiling is always big bucks.

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home said...

Looking so good! I cannot believe that's Formica. Amazing.

Andrea said...

Formica?! Wow, it looks fantastic! I am so impressed with everything you are doing to your kitchen! It is going to be gorgeous!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Shannon said...

Pam, it's going to look SO GOOD! Can't wait to hear all about the counter top!

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

Hooray for GOLD!!!! it's going to look so great Pam :) xo Kristin

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You've gotten so much done!! I'm so loving the cabinet color and I'm blown over by the marble formica. Genius.

Beth Connolly said...

This is going to be great. I echo everyone on the formica find.

SHERRY HART said...

What the what.....you painted your tile? And formica....that looks exactly like marble....what is this world coming to? I am all over this makeover so 6 weeks can't be here soon enough:)

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

Your formica looks so so so gorgeous! I'm beyond excited about that discovery!! Can't wait to see your hardware, too! :)

erin williamson said...

Daaaang, I almost marble formica'd my dining table for the last ORC and now I see that I should have! That looks GOOD!

Reichel Broussard said...

Seriously?! Formica??? Can't wait for more details! And the tile are going to look amazing! Can't wait!

Dana Frieling said...

Pretty sure the above comments say it all! I'm so glad you're happy with it. And, can I told you "I told you so!" concerning changing the blogging world. You go girl!!!!

Abby M. Interiors said...

Look gorgeous! Great choice on the counters AND in painting the tile. I can totally picture the end results and it's going to be stunning. You've got this! xx

StagerLinda said...

I can't believe you got a bull nose edge on Formica! It is gorgeous. You must be exhausted but it is looking fabulous.

Libby said...

We put a granite look formica in our laundry room/pantry and love it! Such a bargain it's amazing. Yours looks fabulous: look forward to seeing more!

mrs. V | Chez V said...

Seriously. Sherry literally stole the words out of my mouth. What the what?! Formica?! Who knew?!

therelishedroost said...

OH its going to be great!!!

Summer Hogan said...

Wow, I am SO excited to hear about the formica! It's all looking so fantastic!

Tiffany said...

That formica countertop is genius. I've always loved marble countertops in the kitchen, but I know myself too well. I would freak out if anything happened to them. What a fantastic idea.

Jessie said...

Thanks for introducing a good option for marble countertop. Yours look beautiful, by the way!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Formica what?! Love the edge. Your kitchen is going to be amazing!

Andrea said...

Oh Pam, this is going to be fabulous! I can't believe that is formica. You're right, formica has come a long way. You sure fooled me. I can't wait to see the tile painted.

Mott said...

Looks gorgeous! Love that you are painting the tile instead of replacing it. I've been looking at paint sprayers; I have too many projects I want done and don't have the patience to tackle them with a paintbrush and roller. Would you share which model you have?

kate@willowinteriors said...

You are doing so much work!!! I know you'll get it done!! That 'formica"!!?? Shut up!! Amazing! So glad you are going with gold hardware! Can't wait to see more!

Jennifer Lippi said...

Love the counter tops! Definitely the look for less. I love that you are making yourself do all the the grunge work first before looking at fabrics. So self disciplined!
xo,
Jennifer@decoratingdelirium

Bethany DeVore said...

wow, it's already looking so different! I can't believe that's formica, looking forward to the details!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Dying over here, Pam! The Formica option and paint sprayer info have got my attention...big time! I will be right over to steal your gorgeous hood. ;)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I am catching up on your challenge...this is one of my favorite series of yours!...looking great and following you on Instagram!

Kristin said...

Hi Pam,
I can't wait to hear about painting the tile. Greetings from Sloan's Lake!

Kristin

Sherry Calamia said...

The formica looks great! I love the idea of painting the ikea pulls Gold! This is going to be such an amazing transformation!

Haute Indoor Couture said...

This looks amazing, I can't wait to see everything when it's all done! Who would have ever thought formica would look so good!?

thehorseenabler said...

I am in awe of those laminate countertops! Hot damn -- I so wish they'd been developed when we redid our kitchen six+ years ago .... We did Calacatta Xtra (seriously, that's its name) and it was Xtra Xpensive. However the heart wants what the heart wants, and this tricky ticker wanted calacatta. But I would trade a less necessary organ to go back in time and live with plywood if I knew such a good looking laminate would soon be on the market. Love seeing it writ large in your kitchen -- thanks for the pictures!

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