How to Remodel Kitchen Countertops

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Kitchen renovations are often one of the most expensive remodeling projects in the home. Between pricey kitchen appliances, wood cabinetry and countertops, the remodel of your kitchen is likely to cost a hefty sum; however, there are many ways to help reduce the costs involved with a kitchen redo. One way to cut back on expenditures is to remodel your laminate kitchen countertops by applying a beautiful faux paint technique. With a few paint supplies and several simple faux finishing paint steps, kitchen countertops are renovated with a beautiful finish and an economical price tag.

Things You'll Need

  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Towel
  • Painter's tape
  • Sandpaper, 150 grit
  • Mouse sander
  • Tacky cloth
  • Oil-based primer
  • Small, short nap roller
  • Roller pan
  • Practice wood board
  • Sea sponge
  • Latex paint, light color for countertop base coat
  • Latex paint, medium color
  • Latex paint, dark color
  • Paint glaze
  • Paint mixing containers, 2
  • Polyacrylic topcoat
  • Clean your countertops. Using trisodium phosphate, a degreasing cleaner, wipe the entire countertop surface down with a towel to begin your kitchen countertop remodel. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  • Apply painter's tape to areas you do not want to paint. To further prepare your kitchen countertops, adhere painter's tape to spaces where the countertops meet the walls, edges and other areas you want to remain paint-free during your project.

  • Sand countertops. Using 150-grit sandpaper on a mouse sander, lightly sand the entire surface of your countertops and wipe away any sanding residue with a tacky cloth to prepare your kitchen countertops for your remodel project.

  • Paint countertops with primer. Paint the countertops with an oil-based primer with a small roller and allow to dry at least four hours. The primer seals the surfaces and prepares them for the subsequent coats of faux-finish paints.

  • Choose three colors for the faux-finishing technique. Select three neutral colors in the same color family such as light beige, medium beige and dark beige for your countertop surface.

  • Paint the kitchen countertop surfaces with latex paint in the lightest paint hue. To begin the actual faux-finish technique, use a small roller and roll on a coat of the lightest color paint until all the countertops are covered. Allow to dry.

  • Mix medium and dark color paint with glaze. In two separate containers, mix approximately three parts paint to one part glaze for the medium paint and dark paints. Depending on the desired result, use more or less glaze for a paint mixture that is softly muted and has extended drying properties.

  • Apply medium color to the kitchen countertops. Dip sea sponge in the medium paint with glaze and blot off excess onto a paper plate. Gently blot paper sponge in up and down motions on top of the base coat of paint, making sure to leave some base coat areas visible throughout. Dry thoroughly.

  • Apply darkest color to countertops. Dip sea sponge in the darkest color hue with glaze, then blot and apply in up and down motions over the medium blotted areas and the base coat, making sure to let the other colors show through. Allow to dry 24 hours.

  • Paint the countertop surfaces with two coats of polyacrylic top coat. Using a short nap roller, apply two thin coats of polyacrylic top coat, allowing them to dry thoroughly between applications. Your kitchen countertop renovation is complete for years of enjoyment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before you begin your faux finish, practice the steps on a practice board until you are satisfied with the results.
  • Add paint glaze to medium and dark latex paints to give the colors a softer look and give the paint additional drying time to be able to work with it longer before it dries.
  • Choose three colors in the same color family and same values for best results.
  • Do not cut food on your remodeled countertops to avoid knicks in the finish. Use a cutting board at all times.
  • Do not place hot food directly on your refinished kitchen countertops. Trivets protect the painted finish.

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