How to Cover Ugly Countertops


Covering an ugly countertop does not have to cost a large amount of money. You can paint and seal the surface to create a low-cost, new countertop. Choose neutral paint colors to increase the lifespan of the refinished countertop. Painting a countertop requires time for drying each application, so make sure you have enough time to start and complete the project. Use caution when wiping and cleaning the new surface to prevent scratching the acrylic sealer with abrasive cloths or cleaners.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean rags
  • Dish soap
  • Painter's tape
  • Dropcloth
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Flash bond primer
  • Satin enamel
  • Clear acrylic paint
  • Cardboard
  • Contrast paint, optional
  • Paper, optional
  • Wash the countertop with a clean, soft rag, water and dish soap. Rinse the countertop well to make sure there is no soap residue. Wipe the surface with a dry, lint-free towel and let it air dry.

  • Attach painter's tape along all edges that meet a wall or edge of an appliance. Place dropcloths below the counter to catch paint spills.

  • Sand the countertop to rough the surface. A 150-grit paper works well for counters. Wipe all dust from the counter surface with a damp lint-free cloth. Wipe the counter with a dry cloth and let the surface air dry.

  • Paint laminate counter flash bond primer across the counter surface, making sure to keep the coat smooth and even. Let the primer dry for a minimum of four hours. Paint another coat of primer and let it dry. The correct primer label will list it as being able to be used on glass.

  • Paint satin enamel on top of the primer in even and smooth strokes. Let the enamel dry for one to two days.

  • Add texture paint to the counter surface by applying a contrasting color over the surface with a crumpled piece of paper. Dab the paint onto the surface in a smooth motion. Let the paint dry overnight before applying a second contrasting color.

  • Seal the paint countertop by applying a clear acrylic. Let the acrylic dry for two to three days before using the counter or setting things on top.

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