Ideas for Covering Countertops

Replacing countertops can be an expensive undertaking. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on new countertops, there are some quick fixes that can spruce up dull and outdated looks. Whether covering existing stains such as burn marks or re-covering with leftover materials, there are many options available to help you spruce up your countertops.

Heat-Safe Area

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.

Linoleum Covering

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.

Mosaic Covering

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.

About the Author

Lacey Roop's articles have been printed in various print magazines such as "UpCountry" where she was a feature writer for four years. She has written pieces for "Bluegrass Now" where her work graced the cover on two occasions. Lacey has a BA in English and has been writing professionally since 2003.