One of the best things about natural stone countertops is that they’re available in pretty much endless arrays of hues and patterns. But what if you choose your color of granite only to change your mind a few years down the line? Or maybe you remodel your kitchen and the countertops no longer match the rest of the room.
If you’re in a situation like this, do you have to completely replace your kitchen countertops or is there a way to alter the color of them? You know you can refinish surfaces like your wooden cabinet doors, but a lesser-known tip is that you might be able to dye the natural stone of your kitchen and bathroom countertops if you want to change the color.
Can you dye your countertops?
It may be possible to dye natural stone countertops such as granite and marble. But, just like when staining wood, this will probably only be possible when going from light to dark, not dark to light. Also, bear in mind that the dye may fade over time if it is exposed to the sun, so the dyeing process may need to be repeated periodically.
After your countertops have been dyed, make sure you follow the standard advice for looking after and cleaning marble or granite countertops.
How to dye countertops
This process is better left to the professionals because it can be lengthy and time-consuming, and the results could be less than desirable when it’s done by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
First of all, the sealant will need to be fully removed so that the stone can absorb the dye. The surface may also need to be sanded and polished to ensure that it is absorbed evenly. Warming the stone before applying the dye will also help it to absorb the dye properly.
The dye should be applied smoothly and evenly across the surface, and multiple applications may be needed to achieve the desired color. After the dye has been applied and fully absorbed, the countertop will need sealing again.
If you need help choosing a color for your bathroom or kitchen countertops, then get in touch with Amanzi Granite. We help customers design their ideal countertops around Kernersville, High Point, and Greensboro, with a showroom in Kernersville to help you decide.