WOW I really wish I would've found this last year before we replaced our counters SO CHEAP and I LOVE the results.
Four unfinished wooden crates from Michael's ($12.99 each), spray painted white, tacked together and then bolted to the wall. Genius!
To paint over ANY surface, without sanding, use a product called 'ESP Easy Surface Prep', available at hardware and paint shops. Wipe on, wipe off and paint in 90 minutes. Works well over enamel paint , without having to sand. SAVES HOURS of work. It was recommended to me by a professional painter.
I love this. My latest idea is to use chalk paint colored like Martha Stewart shows how to do on her site and match my kitchen cabinet color - Meadowlark from Sherwin Williams and then it would flow easily and be seemless; very serene and calming. I'm in the midst of painting so maybe I'll post pictures.
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