On the left are the countertops (island and cupboard) that I painted for under $100. Below is my friend’s new laminate countertops that were part of an extensive home reno project. Cost, about $1100. See any resemblance?! If you want to replace the countertops in a rental or an older home and don’t want to put out the big bucks to do it, consider painting them. Here’s how easy it is:
1. Thoroughly clean countertops with strong soap, or other degreaser and rough up the surface with sandpaper
2. Paint with a good quality primer – let dry for a day
4. Use a sponge to dab on your remaining colors (yellow and light brown, my two wall colors)
5. Using an old paintbrush, dip in black paint and by running your thumb along the bristles, spatter the countertops to give an antique effect – let dry for a day (note: be sure you use acres of drop cloths firmly taped or tacked in place because this is a very messy step!)
7. Sand again, remove the dust, apply the 2nd coat of varnish. Let dry for a day.
8. Sand again, remove the dust and enjoy your beautiful new countertops!
See the two photos below for an update on how well the paint has worn over the last 3 years of constant use. The area in front of the sink, chafed by belt buckles and buttons, has not done well. All the other areas look great.