Scorching a countertop with a hot pan can leave a nasty burn stain that it is nearly impossible to remove. Creating a heat-safe area on your countertop is a great way to mask the unsightly stain. The area will be the place to put hot pots and pans without further fear of scorching or damaging your countertops. Simply apply contact cement or tile adhesive to the back of four tiles. Place the tiles together in a square formation and cover the stained area. If the area is larger, you can use more tiles.
Using leftover linoleum is an excellent way to re-cover countertops without actually replacing them. Glue the linoleum to the countertops using a linoleum adhesive. Trim any excess areas of linoleum off with a craft knife. A narrow strip of molding made for linoleum projects can be purchased from a home improvement store to cover the edges where pieces may meet. If you choose to cover your countertops with linoleum, remember that it is not a heat-resistant material so hot pots and pans cannot be placed on it.
Creating a mosaic scene is a great way to update old bathroom countertops. Mosaics can be made out of most any material including, seashells, old bits of tile and even glass pieces. Spread a thick layer, about 2 inches, of cement or grout on the existing countertop. Smooth the cement or grout until it has a level appearance. Arrange your tile pieces, glass or seashells into your desired pattern. You can have fun with this part as there is not a wrong way to place the items in the cement or grout. Apply a top clear layer of sealer over your new mosaic countertop to protect it from water damage.