How to Redo Kitchen Countertops And Bathroom Countertops
If you have older laminate countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, chances are good that you have considered replacing them. Although laminate now comes in many beautiful finishes and textures, that was not the case in the 80's or early 90's But before you go and spend thousands of dollars to replace your kitchen and bathroom counters, try these techniques to refinish the counters yourself.
Paint The Counters. Simply select a shade of paint that you like and use it to paint the counter. You will need to prime the counter first and then coat with two coats of the paint. When paint is dry, coat with four to six coats of a polycrylic clear coat.
Apply a Faux Finish To The Counter. Prime counter, then apply a base coat in the color of your choice. Then using a sponge or rag, dab on a different color as a top coat. You can experiment with how much paint to add to the rag and create very interesting designs. If you are nervous about the design, you can purchase a special faux finish tool (looks like a mini paint roller) that will create a faux finish very easily.
Spray Paint The Counter. There are many spray paints available in stone, hammered and various other finishes. To do this, remove everything from your kitchen or bathroom and tape plastic extending two feet up the walls from the countertops. Prime the counter top and then spray paint the counter with two coats of paint using long even paint strokes. When dry, seal with four to six coats of polycrylic clear sealant.
Wallpaper The Counters. Select a wallpaper that is easily tearable and has a marbled or granite appearance. Tear into irregular strips using a downward and to the right motion. Glue the strips onto the counter overlapping each piece. When counter is covered, seal with four to six coats of polycrylic clear sealant.
Things You Will Need
- Wall Paper
- Floor Fans
- Paint Roller
- Paint Tray
- Polycrylic is better to use than polyurethane because it will not become yellow or discolored over time.
- Once you use any of the above mentioned techniques, you will no longer be able to place food directly on the counter to cut it. This is due to the chemicals in the polycrylic transferring to the food. But as long as you use a cutting board or plate you will be fine.
- When applying the polyacrylic, some people just pour it onto the counter and smooth it out with the roller. Be very careful with this technique because it can cause the paper to curl up if saturated in one spot with too much sealant at one time. That is why thinner layers that are painted on are better.