How to Paint a Countertop

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A new countertop does wonders for the look of an old room, but you don't have to actually buy a new counter. Painting your old countertop gives the room a new look without dishing out the money for a new counter. Following a few simple steps saves you time and frustration.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Paint rollers
  • Bonding primer
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane sealer
  • Clean the counter with a solution of half water and half ammonia. Rinse well, and let it dry.

  • Sand the countertop. Try to take off the gloss but not the color.

  • Roll on the primer. Work slowly to avoid air bubbles. Let the primer dry for the recommended time. Let it sit overnight if you can.

  • Paint the countertop, and let it dry. Apply a second and third coat, letting the paint dry fully between each new application. Use these extra coats to fill in any gaps or areas of thin coats.

  • Apply two to three coats of clear polyurethane sealer. Let each coat dry before adding another.

  • Wait at least 24 hours before using your newly painted countertop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tape off anything you don't want paint on.
  • Plan to not use the room where you are painting for several days.
  • Open windows and allow for proper ventilation if possible. Ammonia, primer, paint and polyurethane all contain strong odors.
  • Wearing gloves, protective goggles and mask helps protect you from any chemical reaction to the use of these products.
  • Don't use your newly painted countertop as a cutting board or potholder, and it'll stay nice longer.

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