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How do I paint laminate kitchen countertops? Thank you.

By Shelley from Green Bay, WI


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By Joan 13 1,479 04/11/2011 Flag

Ask at your local home improvement store. There is paint to do this. I saw a program on the Home and Garden channel one day a few years ago, showing how to paint counter tops so that they looked like granite. It was a few day long process, but they looked real when the job was done.

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By church1040 3 1 10/12/2012 Flag

I used rustoleum countertop paint and it is chipping off in spots. Can I paint over it?

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I have laminate for my countertops and I am intereseted in painting them until I can make up my mind about what material to replace them with. Anybody out there ever paint theirs?

Klorde from Virginia Beach, VA

RE: Painting Countertops 10/17/2005
Home Depot and Lowes has spray paint for plastic. This should work. This is a new product.
By octoberbabye (Guest Post)
RE: Painting Countertops 10/18/2005
Go to Thrifty Fun search near the top of your page (NOT the Google search). Choose "Home Improvement" in the first box and "Kitchen" in the second box. Scroll down the entries until you come to one with the heading that says something like "Transforming Old Formica Countertops". This lady did a great job!
By Grandma Margie (Guest Post)
RE: Painting Countertops 10/29/2005
I recently painted mine. I cleaned the counters thoroughly, applied one coat of latex KILZ, then used craft paints to create a marblelized look with various sizes of sponges. I used an acrylic satin finish (4 coats) afterwards in lieu of polyurethane which tends to yellow, sanding in between each coat........worked beautifully!
By TaylorP

Archive: Painting Countertops

I am wanting to paint my old white Formica Countertops. What do I need to do to prepare it for painting and what steps can I take to have a smooth and shiny finished product? Thank you.

Jennifer from Pensacola, Florida


RE: Painting Countertops

We painted our bathroom countertop that was ceramic tile several years ago in our first home. It looked great compared to the outdated color that was there, however, after a year or two standing water made it start to peel and it was very prone to scratching. We did use a special product made especially for painting over this type of material yet it didn't hold up in the long run like we had hoped. It is worth a try, be sure to not leave standing water on it if it is near a sink and you could always try to touch it up in the mean time until you are ready to replace it. Best Wishes! (10/17/2005)

By Sharon from Merton, WI

RE: Painting Countertops

Here's a previous article that may help: (05/16/2006)

By ThriftyFun

RE: Painting Countertops

Use a really good primer and then a coat of melamine paint. (05/17/2006)


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I painted our countertops and they look great. First, use a good ammonia based cleaner on the counters. Then roughly sand the countertops and wash them again. Let dry.

I then applied one coat of KILZ. After that dried, I painted them with black satin paint. When that finally dried, I used craft paints to marbleize the counters with greens, aquas, white and a touch of pink. Minwax acrylic topcoat was applied after paint was dry and I applied at least three coats.

Countertops are shiny, as I used gloss clear acrylic. Have had them for over two years now. No chips, no cracks or blemishes and we throw all sorts of stuff on the counters and kitchen desk counter :-) Hope this helps.

By lj

RE: Painting Countertops

Has anyone tried painting their countertops with crackle paint? (11/29/2007)

By Cindy

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I have used the rustoleum paints for my bathroom countertops and kitchen. I used the hammered paints which turned our great, it gives them a metal look, then seal them with one to two coats of poly. If only doing a small area I would use the spray paint, it is more efficient but a little messy so don't forget about over spray. (12/13/2007)

By Ashley T

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Has anyone used the spray paint that looks likes stone? I am in the process of painting my counter tops in the bath and have 2 coats of the bonding primer on so far. If anyone has used the spray paint method how did you do it? (02/28/2008)

By stacey

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I painted my kitchen laminated counter top and I did the back splash also. For more info contact lordlady210 AT yahoo.Com (09/03/2008)


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I painted my kitchen countertops four years ago, and just finished giving it a fresh coat of spar urethane. We added spray glitter to our countertops, and has a soft sparkle just like granite stone. We absolutely love it, and it is very durable! I would recommend it to anyone, but also recommend you getting specific instructions before attempting such a project. (02/12/2009)

By Laura

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I painted my countertops a few months ago and sealed with several coats of a water based poly. The counters look great, however, I get white spots whenever something wet sits on it. As soon as it is dry, the spots go away. Any suggestions? (02/19/2009)

By tbonette

Archive: Painting Countertops

I plan to paint my countertops, and the question is what do you do with the metal on the seams? What would be the best colors? I want to do the granite look.

By Writer10 from Birmingham, AL


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I know of two manufacturers of paint specially for painting counter tops (MDF and Melamine) and such like - Plasti-Kote Projekt paints and Ronseal One Coat Melamine and MDF Paint.

Check out the manufacturers websites for your country - they usually have guides and how tos showing how to use the paints. (04/17/2009)

By alloydog

Archive: Painting Countertops

I want to paint my counter tops in the bathrooms and kitchen. I don't want to have to worry about putting my flat iron or toaster oven on them. Does anyone know a heat/alcohol/water resistant finish I can put on counters?

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