Mini kitchen rejuvenation, what to do first?

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  1. Ouchmyknees

    Ouchmyknees Well-Known Member

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    We will replace a broken gas cooktop and paint the old blue laminate benchtop with this product.

    Rust-Oleum Desert Sand Countertop Transformation Kit

    Not sure in what order? Install new cooktop first or paint first?

    Also anyone knows how much it cost to install the gas cooktop?

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  2. Joynz

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    Paint first.
     
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  3. Depreciator

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    The combination of a painted benchtop and tenants might be disappointing. How big is the benchtop? A replacement one might be pretty cheap.
     
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    It is our PPOR so we won't upset any tenants. The benchtop is very small, 2-2.5sqm, how do I do a replacement one? I expect to be expensive as it needs to be custom made to fit around the edges of the stove and the sink, no?
    I'm desperate to get rid of the blue laminate, it hurts my eyes every time I cook.
     
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    You might upset yourself with a painted benchtop. They look okay at first, but I'm not sure how they wear. I painted a bath once and did it all properly. It looked fine for a year or so. I reckon we need photos. You need a benchtop with a cutout for the sink and the cooktop. So you measure the existing benchtop and order it, and then get a handyman to do the cutouts and install it. I've done it myself in a few kitchens and it only takes a couple of hours.
     
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    Thanks for the comment, do I need to go to a kitchen specialist to order the benchtop? We have a rather bizzarre L shape old benchtop so I think it maybe difficult to custom.
     
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    A 'bizarre' shape will complicate things. Take a photo of it, get the measurements, and go to a kitchen place and get them to give you a cost to supply and install.
    It's going to cost more than painting it, but you will be happier with the result. If you were going to pull the kitchen out in a year or so and do a reno, paint would be fine.
     
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    White Knight 1L Clear Bench Top Protective Coating

    There is also that you can try. It is straight paint so cuts out the flecks that you have to apply.

    also a cheaper alternative to have a play with

    We are going to give it a shot soon for a short term spruce up
     
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    Try one of the major hardware stores first. You might find that a full gut and total redo is not as expensive as you thought (will probably need an installer unless you are handy).
     
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