How to Decoupage a Laminate Countertop

Lauren Vork

Laminate countertops don't look good if they're out of style. One good way to spruce up a less-than-fashionable laminate countertop is through the use of decoupage, a method involving plastering decorative paper onto a surface. Partially or fully cover your laminate counter with a paper facade of your choosing.

  1. Clean and dry the countertop thoroughly, using sponges and tile or counter-cleaning soap.

  2. Lay out the paper cutouts you wish to use to decorate the countertop. Arrange them as you want them to be positioned for the finished countertop. If you don't like the color of the laminate, lay large sheets of decorative paper down to cover it, serving as a background, before placing the smaller items over it.

  3. Remove the pieces of paper. Attach them to the counter permanently with decoupage medium, working from the bottom layer up. Coat each piece of paper's underside completely with a generous amount of medium to ensure a smooth application and strong hold.

  4. Mix the resin in the disposable container. Add equal parts of the two resin liquids (resin and catalyst) and stir them with the craft stick. Continue stirring vigorously until the liquid becomes cloudy; less stirring and the resin won't set up properly.

  5. Pour the resin slowly over the countertop, letting the stream of the mixture hit at the center of the decoupaged area so that it will flow outward. Pour a little at a time and watch how far it spreads before pouring more. Use another craft stick to spread out the resin; you want it to spread far and thin and in an even consistency. Spread the mixture to the edges of the countertop; it's OK if it's a little thinner here to keep from dripping over the edge of the counter, though you'll want to watch for drips over the next few minutes anyway, wiping them with a scrap of leather or denim to avoid lint.

  6. Run the fan while the resin sets. Direct the fan to blow just above the resin, not into it; this will keep dust and debris particles from settling into the resin as it hardens and keep the surface smooth and clean.