You guys know we’ve been working hard on this camper renovation. We have done so much work to it. Which includes the dining room wallpaper, bedroom wallpaper, painted cabinets, kitchen backsplash, and recently the kitchen countertops. I have seen this vinyl self-adhesive peel and stick countertop paper before and thought we would give it a try. It would be very pricey to replace all of the countertops in the camper because they are so small and would have to be a special order. Since we are trying to keep the cost down so we can save for our house, this was the next best option.
I wanted to lighten them up a bit and stick to my woods and whites theme. So I chose this marble pattern. They do come in different tones, but I liked the marble look.
If you notice in the before photo, the edges of the countertops in the camper are trimmed out with a wood-toned plastic piece. We painted that edge white when we painted our cabinets. So the only thing we needed to cover with the vinyl countertop paper was the TOP surfaces. I believe I saw when I ordered it that you can roll the edges around to the bottom, but we didn’t.
I installed the smaller pieces myself but really needed Deb’s hands to help hold up the larger pieces. It is very sticky but it does come off if you start off crooked and re-sticks as promised. We had to remove one piece several times because we kept finding new bubbles. But we finally got the hang of it.
We will be adding a small bead of caulk around those plastic edges … and around the back of the countertop by the walls. (See photos ????????)
We cleaned the countertops really well and used the same DeGlosser that we used when we painted the cabinets. The directions didn’t say to use that but we thought it may stick better.
We rolled down the backing of about 6″ to begin with and started against the wall. Using something flat, like a ruler or even a credit card, we pushed the air bubbles out before we removed the next 6″ of backing.
We cut the pieces 4″ larger than needed to give us enough wiggle room. Rather than trying to attach the first part of the vinyl to the countertop completely straight against the wall, it was easier to have a larger piece and trim it. If it started out crooked, we had extra to cut off. We will be using caulk about the edges to finish it off.
When we butted two pieces together, we did it in an inconspicuous place. Ours happened to be behind the kitchen sink.
We won’t be able to set hot dishes on this countertop, which we never have done that inside our homes, so we won’t here. And, obviously, we haven’t actually camped with this so I can’t tell you what will happen in the future, but I think it looks fabulous. It does have 4 1/2 stars and almost 600 reviews, but I will for sure keep you posted on how it lasts.
I am very happy with how it turned out and it wasn’t as hard as I was afraid it would be. What do you think? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram.