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
- Fine sandpaper
- Paint rollers
- Bonding primer
- 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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