TikTok user Melissa Mondragon shared a video of her and her husband renovating their kitchen countertops for less than $200. The trick? They created convincing fake marble covers for their granite tabletops.
Both Mondragon and her husband aren’t interior designers or contractors by any means, which adds to the allure of the project — anyone can do it.
To pull off the hack, the couple first covers their countertops with white paint before painting on the marble “veins” and topping it all off with a coat of epoxy, a polymer that seals it all together.
The process reportedly took four days, with the couple telling Insider that the hardest part was painting on the veins. Mondragon also added that the paint kit she used is safe for food contact after a week.
The TikTok of the couple’s kitchen transformation has accumulated more than 43 million views. The comparison between the before and after shots of the countertops is pretty drastic and Mondragon insists the whole project cost $180.
According to a comment Mondragon wrote on her video, this is just a temporary update before the couple does a full remodel of the kitchen.
Unfortunately, the video seemed to ignite backlash from the granite countertop enthusiasts of TikTok.
“Painting granite should be a crime,” one said.
“This is like putting carpet over real hardwood floors,” another added.
“Natural granite like this costs 5-10k and you just painted over it with 50 dollar clearance paint,” a third lamented.
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