Painting a Laminate Counter Top



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I need to repaint my counter top in the bathroom. It was painted with melamine paint. Do I have to use melamine again or is there some other kind of paint I can use instead of melamine? Also, my bathroom cabinets were painted with melamine, but I don't want to use melamine this time. Any suggestions appreciated.


By Karen

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March 3, 2006

I just bought a house and will need to paint and replace all the floor coverings. My problem is that the kitchen has pink countertops which are in good condition. The cabinets are white.

What do I do to make the pink work in the kitchen and how do I make it flow with the rest of the house. I am not sure what color of floor coverings to put in the house.


March 3, 20060 found this helpful

Using decor that blends the colors of your countertops and other parts of the kitchen/house will help. Curtains with nice designs and detailing and colored bottles are wonderful for this.

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By Carol (Guest Post)
March 3, 20060 found this helpful

Consider using burgundy with the pink to add another color.. This will give it a traditional look.. For a more contemporary look use beige or brown with your pink countertops.. I say, if it looks like a mistake do it again..

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March 3, 20060 found this helpful

Have you considered black. Black and white squares would match for a kind of retro look. I agree that for a contemporary look that beige or brown would be a good choice. The accent pieces that you use will bring all of the colors together. Have fun.

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By christi (Guest Post)
March 3, 20060 found this helpful

You could go really frilly with the curtains and I thinks silver appliances set on the counters would set off the pink.

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By C (Guest Post)
March 4, 20060 found this helpful

The color chocolate goes well with pink.

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March 5, 20060 found this helpful

You don't have to live with the pink countertops. Home Depot Or Lowes has special paint to redo countertops and make them any color you want. I would repaint them myself or hire a home improvement service that does refacing of countertops or repainting them. Pink is too retro for me. Jill

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By alex rock (Guest Post)
March 7, 20060 found this helpful

I agree that if you keep the pink, it will need a retro setting. Black and white checkerboard would be "neat-o" and "swell". It's a classic kitchen flooring and would go with any future renovations, too.i

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By Arianna (Guest Post)
March 21, 20060 found this helpful

We bought our home 1 year ago, and it also has light pink countertops in the kitchen with dark brown cabinets. What I ended up doing is painting the walls gray. Surprisingly, the pink countertops seemed to receed and no one notices them anymore! The other two colors I have in my kitchen are beige appliances, and white table and chairs. It works together in a soft, unobtrusive way.

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By Joyann (Guest Post)
July 27, 20060 found this helpful

Lucky you. I got pea-greeen counter tops in my mobile home, Yuck! I cant afford to replace them right now. Pink does not sound too bad. Could this be a case of "the counter top is always greener on the other side"?

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June 3, 20090 found this helpful

I just finished painting my kitchen/dining room. I also have a pink counter top. I have a snack bar too. I have lots of oak,cabinets and floors. I put up a chair rail, painted it white. The top of the chair rail in dining room is yellow ( Ace Hardware Chilled Lemonade.)This color goes in kitchen over the cabinets. The bottom of the chair rail is blue ( soft denim) It is a jewel toned blue. My door is Gray. Windows are timed in white too. I must say it is beautiful!I wouldn't have put these colors together til I picked the blue for a bedroom. I'm very pleased.

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January 15, 2020

I painted my old bathroom counter tops to mimic capstone. I researched and read and asked questions and repeat. I was very apprehensive, but I got there. I was so proud! I put on my first thin coat of Minwax Polyacrylic. I sanded, a bit too hard. I am heavy handed and had never done a project that required this. Now the heartbroken part. I had white places and spots. I have just applied a primer coat on top of that to start over or just paint the thing and forget it. But I will once again have to apply a sealer. Please advise. I don't know what I need to do. I do not want brush marks. I also do not want to go thru this again!

Thank you all for you tried and true advise.


January 16, 20200 found this helpful
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Normally you should be using steel wool to do the cleanup work and light sanding on the countertop. When applying the final coat use a paint roller to avoid the brush marks. Only use a brush around the edges to finish it off.

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September 9, 2019

I really want to spray paint my bathroom countertop with the Rust-Oleum stone spray paint. I have read so many different ways to seal it that I'm totally confused as to what to use.

I've seen recommendations for water based poly and then acrylic and epoxy.

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June 4, 2012

My bathroom vanity needs refinishing and I do not wish to replace it. It has been in place for 20 years and has gotten rather discolored.

By Sue M.

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March 3, 2012

I am truly working on budget here. I have read the many posts as to how to paint counter tops and am excited. But, I also have an issue with the counter top in that it was not cut straight where the two pieces join at the corner. There is a gap along the length from the back to the front where the two pieces are supposed to join. Anyone have any suggestions on how to fill this gap?

By gailbie

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October 1, 2007

Is it possible to (step by step and what products) paint my laminate counter tops to look like dark brown quartz?

Lisa Russ from Florence, SC


October 1, 20070 found this helpful

If I were you I'd call Home Depot or Lowe's and ask them before you attempt the project.

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October 11, 20070 found this helpful

Do a search on here in home inprovement...there are many people who have done it and offer some great suggestions.

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October 5, 20100 found this helpful

You can do this with acrylic paint. You must seal it and understand,seal,seal,seal it. I painted a kitchen bar and it still looks fine. However,we only ate at it.When your dealing with surfaces that get wet it's only a matter of time before you must redo it or replace it.

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April 16, 2015

I, on a whim, painted my laminate kitchen countertop without any real prep; it is now chipping. Will applying Minwax polycrylic help? If not, is there anything I can do or am I doomed?

By Daniel B.

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September 27, 2014

Years ago I had painted counter tops in an apartment. I'm not sure what process they used, but if I ever laid a sack of bread or any printed plastic on them it would leave the imprint...never to be removed again. Have any of you experienced this? I'm interested in painting mine, but am fearful of not being able to use them normally.

By Shree L.

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September 1, 2012

Has anyone tried to upgrade 5 inch glazed countertops?

By Marilyn D

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I see lots of posts here and elsewhere on the web about painting laminate, but none of the photos I've seen show laminate counters with the metal edges, and metal joints between the counter tops and backsplashes.

Has anyone done this? If so, what kind of preparation did you do on the metal? We're thinking of using Giani granite but haven't made up our minds yet. The counter is probably 50 years old, and a sad faded turquoise, so almost anything would be an improvement.

Thanks in advance!

By Catherine

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March 6, 2011

How do I faux paint laminate counter tops?

By FURCAR2 from Colonial Heights, VA


March 6, 20110 found this helpful

Ask at your home improvement store. I have seen it done on the Home and Garden Channel, but never paid any attention to it because I live in rental and have no plans to buy a house at my age.

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July 1, 2009

I have a laminate countertop I want to paint. But it has a metal strip along the front and on the inside edge. What do I do with this metal strip when I paint the countertop?

By Pam from Cincinnati, OH


July 1, 20090 found this helpful

Put painter's tape on the strip so you won't get paint on it. If you are thinking about painting the strip, you have to use a certain type of paint for metal and sand the strip first.

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January 25, 2020

After proper preparation, I sealed my countertop with the appropriate sealer and did a granite look finish with acrylic paints. I was sold an acrylic water based polyurethane as a top coat and followed the directions, e.g., re-coat after 2 hours and wait 48 hours before use.

It has peeled off in 2 areas. I have touched it up and recoated, but am now concerned that this will continue. Can I sand, and put a coat of oil based polyurethane over this? What do you advise?

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January 2, 2019

What kind of paint is best applied over joined white Melamine boards used as a countertop? Should I use epoxy, appliance epoxy, enamel or acrylic paint or paint used for a dry erase board?

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July 28, 2016

Do you have some different ways to paint my kitchen laminate countertop? I would love some ideas to choose from as far as various looks. I would like to update my kitchen and make it look more modern. Thanks.

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June 20, 2013

I was searching for a durable finish for a laminate kitchen countertop that was texture sprayed. We took on this project of painting the counter top after removing the other paint finish that was thinning and had bare spots. (This was previously done by a professional 6 years ago.) We did not plan on this it was a spur of the moment improvement. Prepared surface was not cleaned after paint was scrapped off with Awesome's Oxygen Power and Mr.

Muscle. So, I see that the surface should have been primed with an oil based primer after cleaning with a degreaser. There are some bubbles on the surface where some of the softened paint was. How do I salvage the project, so I can finish with the clear coats of Envirotex Lite?

By Ernie

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