How to Change the Look of Laminate Countertops


Laminate is a type of surfacing material used to fabricate kitchen countertops. Laminate countertops cost significantly less than many other countertop materials, such as granite and marble. If you don't have the money to replace your laminate countertops, you may want to find a way to change the look. As long as the countertops are in relatively good condition, you can paint them to alter their appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Finish paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Painter's tape
  • Clean the surface thoroughly to make sure you get rid of any dirt and debris. You can use baking soda and water to give the counters a good cleaning. Remove the sink and any fixtures that are attached to the countertops. Use painter's tape to protect objects or walls you do not want the paint to touch.

  • Use fine sandpaper to lightly sand the surface of your laminate countertops. For the sandpaper, you should consider 120-grit. Don't press too hard during the sanding; simply apply gentle pressure. Your goal is to scruff up the surface so that it will accept the paint.

  • Apply a primer coat onto your laminate countertops with a standard paintbrush. Use a type of primer that is safe to use on laminate. An example is Zinsser B-I-N. The primer is alcohol-based, so you should leave it for an hour to set. Open any doors and windows to ventilate the area.

  • Paint the laminate countertops with a finish coat that is safe to use with the material. You can use a paintbrush, roller or sponge to apply this coat. An example of a type of paint you can use on laminate is Aqua-Tile Water Base Epoxy, available in multiple colors.

  • Allow the paint to dry on the countertops for a full day. If you wish to apply another finishing coat, you can do so at this time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you speak to the manufacturer of your laminate countertops about the requirements of the particular product before making any changes.

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