How to Update Formica Countertops


When you update worn-looking Formica countertops, you effectively give your whole kitchen or bathroom a face-lift. This can helps boost your mood when you start out the day or when you are toiling away over a hot stove. Updating your Formica countertops doesn’t have to be expensive or incredibly time consuming. The simplest approach is to paint your countertops to give them a fresh look. Make sure to choose paint that is appropriate for a countertop.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia-based cleaner
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Sponge
  • Painter’s tape
  • Primer
  • Foam roller
  • Countertop paint
  • Polyurethane
  • Clean the Formica countertop thoroughly with an ammonia-based cleaner. Rinse the countertop with clean water, and allow it to dry completely.

  • Sand the Formica countertop with a fine-grit sandpaper to remove dirt and grease residue, which will reject the paint. Clean the dust from sanding off the countertop with a damp sponge.

  • Stick painter’s tape along the edges of the Formica countertop so that paint doesn’t accidentally get on the adjoining surface.

  • Apply a coat of primer on the countertop using a foam paint roller. Roll the primer on smoothly and slowly to avoid air bubbles. Allow the primer to dry for two to four hours.

  • Scuff the surface of the primed Formica countertop with fine-grit sandpaper. Do not sand the primer off; just break the surface so the paint will adhere firmly. Clean the dust off the counter with a damp sponge.

  • Apply a layer of countertop paint on the primed Formica countertop with the cleaned foam roller. Do not rush when painting; you don't want air bubbles to form in the paint. Allow the countertop paint to dry completely, about two to four hours. Apply a second coat, and allow it to dry thoroughly.

  • Apply a layer of polyurethane with the foam roller. The polyurethane helps protect the Formica countertop surface and repel stains.

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