Cheap & Easy Bathroom Countertop Ideas

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An unattractive or outdated bathroom countertop is difficult to ignore, and it can take an otherwise good-looking design down. You can almost always find a cheap and easy countertop idea, however, that's right for your skill level, style and spending limit.

Paint It Faux Good Measure

Chalkboard paint isn't just for diner-wall menus or kids' artwork; it's a useful medium for a faux-stone finish, especially if you're working with an unattractive mottled or speckled laminate counter:

  1. Abrade the countertop lightly, using sandpaper. Don't remove the pattern, just scuff it to make the paint adhere better.
  2.  Wipe off the dust.
  3. Apply a coat or two of the flat black paint. 

The idea is to let some of the laminate's pattern show through -- the specks or mottling should appear like the flecks in natural stone. But flat paint won't hold up to moisture, so when you achieve the look you're after, seal it against water damage by applying quality polyurethane.

Warning

  • Open windows for ventilation when painting indoors.

Spray It Granite

Creating a faux-stone look with a painting technique can be quite involved compared to using faux-granite or stone-textured spray paint. Protect the surroundings and basin with plastic, and, again, open windows for ventilation and seal the finished product to protect it from water.

Get a New Look for Pennies

Copper finishes are attractive but expensive. By creating a slightly raised border around your countertop and covering the surface with pennies, you get the look of copper without the cost extraordinaire. Seal the coins in place with a pourable two-part epoxy, creating a glass-like top.

In-Style Tile

Tiling projects almost always result in leftovers, but if you don't have any, chances are that someone nearby does; check local classified advertisements or secondhand building supply stores for affordable tiles that you like. An existing countertop acts as a base for mortar, but add a backer board to the wall if you plan to also make a protective backsplash. Seal natural tiles before filling the gaps between the evenly spaced tiles. Alternatively, use broken tile or sea glass to piece together a puzzle-like mosaic.

Tip

    • Do a dry-run layout to gauge a pattern and ensure that you have enough tiles. 
    • Disconnecting the plumbing and removing the sink results in a proper finish -- and is a relatively easy project, if you can operate a few basic tools, such as a wrench, pliers and caulking gun for sealing it back in place.

Cheap Replacements

If you decide to replace the countertop, contemplate inexpensive options, such as distressed butcher block, sealed planks, or a cut-to-size tabletop, for example -- an unconventional counter can be a room's focal point, showing off your creative ingenuity. With the basin disconnected and out of the way, removing the countertop is basically a matter of unbolting it from underneath.

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