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
- Painter’s tape
- Foam roller
- Countertop paint
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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