How to Resurface a Laminate Countertop to Look Like Glass

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Resurfacing laminate counters is an inexpensive way to update your kitchen. You can paint over laminate countertops to create a variety of looks from granite to concrete to glass. While glass countertops are all the rage, the cost of installing real glass can be prohibitive. Using a little paint and some creativity, you can achieve the same results at a fraction of the cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Paint primer
  • High gloss oil-base paint
  • Non-yellowing polymer coating
  • Clear sealant
  • Smooth paint roller or sponge paint applicator
  • Paint pan
  • Paintbrush
  • Tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Straight trowel
  • Using the coarse sandpaper, remove the existing polymer coating from the surface and sides of the laminate countertop.

  • Tape off areas that will not be painted, such as around the sink or back splash, and cover the floor with a drop cloth.

  • Pour the primer into the paint pan. Apply one coat of paint primer using the roller or sponge applicator. Let it dry for 24 hours.

  • Apply three to four coats of high gloss enamel oil-based paint in the color of your choice over the primer, allowing each coat to dry before the next coat. If you are going to add other colors, or a custom design, allow the last coat to dry completely before applying.

  • When paint is completely dry, use a paintbrush or straight trowel to apply the non-yellowing polymer over the entire surface. Allow to dry until the surface is a little sticky. Smooth and polish it with the straight trowel. Repeat this step several times, depending on how shiny you want it. Let each coat dry completely.

  • Using a paintbrush, apply one or two coats of clear sealant to the surface and let dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use a hair blow dryer to help dry and smooth the polymer faster and smooth out any air bubbles.
  • Leaving or creating air bubbles and nicks will give your faux glass a more natural look and will be filled by the clear sealant.
  • Be sure there is proper ventilation whenever you are painting or using polymer.

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