How Do I Fix a Hole in a Kitchen Countertop?

Kitchen countertops are integral, hardworking parts of a kitchen. Keeping countertops in presentable and working condition requires routine maintenance, such as cleaning and repairing problems as they arise. It's possible to fix a hole in a kitchen countertop with water putty to restore the counter to functioning order. Water putty is a dry powder putty that is mixed with water to form a pliable, permanent, non-shrinking putty that can be sanded and colored or painted once dry.

Fill a hole in your counter top with water putty for a reliable repair.
  1. Mix 3 parts dry putty powder with 1 part water in a disposable container, using a putty knife to stir it until the putty forms a dough.
  2. Add dry paint pigment, powdered tempera paint or dry earth powders such as sienna to the water putty to achieve a color match with your countertop. Add only the amount of color necessary to achieve the desired color; adding too much pigment will lengthen the putty's drying time.
  3. Scoop a quarter-sized clump of putty onto the putty knife. Press the putty into the hole on the kitchen countertop. Continue filling the hole with putty. Allow the putty to dry for about 20 minutes. Don't scrape or smooth the wet or drying putty. Clean around the repair site with a damp cloth, if necessary.
  4. Scrape away any excess putty with the edge of your putty knife. Allow the putty to dry for about 8 hours. Steel putty knives featuring a knife blade that is also part of the handle construction are the most reliable.
  5. Sand the dried putty filling with medium-grit sandpaper until smooth and level with the kitchen countertop. If you premixed your color, your hole is repaired.
  6. Paint the filled hole with enamel paint, using a small paintbrush, if you haven't premixed the color. Allow the paint to dry before using your countertop.

Things You Will Need

  • Water putty
  • Water
  • Disposable container
  • Dry paint pigments, powdered tempera or dry earth powders
  • Putty knife
  • Dishcloth
  • Sandpaper, medium-grit
  • Enamel paint
  • Paintbrush


  • Buy water putty in hardware, grocery, discount and home improvement stores; buy paint pigment, tempera paint and earth powders at craft and home improvement stores.
  • Water putty can be used to repair holes and cracks in a wide variety of materials and household surfaces.


  • Never use oil-based paints or pigments to color the putty. The two products are not mixable, and the putty will not harden, rendering your attempt at repair useless.

About the Author

Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.

Photo Credits

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