Painted Kitchen Counters

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

I wanted new kitchen counter tops. Hubby said "No, they are too expensive"
He suggested painting them. So I did. I was a bit scared to do it, but figured if I messed it up too bad he would have to buy me new countertops.
Here is my before picture.

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(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Here is my after picture. I think they turned out rather well. I'm going to be doing the same thing to both of my bathroom countertops. Anyone else ever do this? Would love to see some pics.


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(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Here is a close up picture of the painting.

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(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Here is a pic of the end results and the tape removed.

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Barnesville, GA(Zone 7b)

Wow, you did such a good job.........looks like granite to me!!

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)


Frederick, MD(Zone 7a)

How did you do that? How did you get them so shiny? I didn't think they looked bad at all before but the after turned out fantastic. I have never heard of doing this before.

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Thanks GoldLeaf91011
After painting them I put on 5 coats of Polyacrylic.
I got the information on how to do it at this website
When you get to the website just keep scrolling down. Lots of "how to" info and lots of pictures. It took a week for the polyacrylic to totally cure but now absolutely no problems. Just can't set hot pots directly on them or cut on them... use hot pads and cutting boards.

Frederick, MD(Zone 7a)

Very interesting. I will study the link you provided. It's a big job but yours turned out beautifully. Thanks.

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Thanks again.
Lots of steps to it, but not hard to do.

Blytheville, AR(Zone 7a)

Has anyone put granite12 x12 tiles on the laminate countertops? Or just granite on plywood? My daughter had it installed in her kitchen and it's beautiful. And I imagine a lot cheaper than solid granite. If anyone has tried it, let me know how hard it is to do. Thanks, Laverne

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

GayLinn, You did a fabulous job. How much time do you have into this? You should be very proud of that counter top!

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

anastatia, Thanks so much, I appreciate that. It took several days. Most of the time spent was waiting for the paint and the polycrylic to dry. The actual painting itself went very fast.

Stoney Creek, ON, Canada


Beautiful job!
What product did you use to get this affect? Was it a paint on or spray on? I have a bathroom counter that I'd love to have look as professional as yours.

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Thanks for the compliment. I used 5 different colors of semi gloss latex paint. For the veining I used watered down craft paint. Then I also added just a bit of gold metalic craft paint.


Laval, Canada

WOWZA!!!! great job, girl!!!
Thanks for the link, I will go on over and study it all...
We're renovating our kitchen in a thrifty way, so this would be cool. But I dunno!! Kinda scared!!

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Thanks CaroH. I was scared to do it too. Especially since my counters weren't in really bad shape. But hubby assured me that if it really didn't turn out that he would get me new counters. Felt really strange and scary when I first started painting them.

Stoney Creek, ON, Canada

"Felt really strange and scary" That's how I felt when I read your number of paints that you used. How did you get such a wonderfully finished counter? What colors and method did you use. I thought it was the spray on stone. I didn't realize you had gone to sooooooooo much effort.

Thanks, Jane

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

I went to one of the home improvement stores and picked out a counter top sample chip then matched up the colors and sponged it on. You only need a very small amount of paint. I bought quart size cans of paint and only used about an inch of each color. Some colors I already had at home from painting other rooms. I think next time I may just buy sample jars of paint and that would be enough to do a small bathroom countertop. If you noticed on the site I provided, some people did use spray on paints. I really like that look too... depends on what kind of look you are going for.

Woodinville, WA(Zone 8b)

I'm quite impressed. You did a very professional-looking job.

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Thanks katie59! I suprised myself!

Lewiston, MN

Excellent job! When I read the first post, I kind of cringed at the thought, but you did amazing work and your countertops look great!

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Thanks ooojen!! When hubby first said "paint them" I thought he was out of his mind. I pictured a dull, chipping mess. I'm really pleased with them and they are really tougher than I thought they would be. Had to let them cure for about a week and I babied them, but now I just treat them as normal and they are working great.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

You could do that professionally. They turned out beautifully! How are they holding up? Are you limited as to what cleaners you can use on them?

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Thank you Gardenwife. I have had a couple of people ask me to do their counter tops. They are holding up very well. No chips, no scratches, no peeling of paint at all. I can't use abrasive cleaners or cleaners like 'Soft Scrub' but I do use any liquid cleaners and disinfectants on them.


Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

I just don't have the patience to do something like that. Plus, we are the House O'Hair because of three dogs and two long-haired cats. We redid our kitchen in 2004 and our countertops are formica in a black granite finish, so they're in great shape still. Maybe I can try the technique on a small project sometime, one I can do outside in our shed during the summer.

Trumansburg, NY

Nice Job GayLynn!
Years ago, I found a link to instructions on how to do a thrifty counter-top makeover like this. We used black/grey/white combination and it took about a week to do each coat, sand down and recoat each layer, but it was worth it. It came out really great for a mobile-home counter top and it has lasted about 8 years. This was a huge improvement and much needed money saver since we just weren't financially able to seriously remodel our kitchen other than painting the cabinets and putting down a laminate floor. New counter-tops would have broken into our children's college funds back then!

I am grateful that we found that information and did them that way even though it inconvenienced our kitchen use for a week or so. There really aren't any chips in the counter at all at this point, just a small wear spot where everyone prepares their food on one small spot of the counter by the sink.

Thankfully, we have come to a place in our lives where a complete tear-down and rebuild of our kitchen with new everything is possible. (I thought we'd never get there!) This method helped us love our kitchen for a little while longer while we were waiting to get there.

You did a beautiful job on yours!
I have posted a pic of ours in this post.


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Yucaipa, CA(Zone 10a)

@ GayLinn ~ Great job on the countertops! I also thought they looked like granite. I've got countertops that I'm not crazy about either and at this point with my finances, I can't afford new ones to be installed either. When I'm working again, then I'll have it done. I've heard about a product called "Countertop Solutions" or maybe it's called "Countertop Restoration" ~ anyway, their method & directions are similar to what you did. I also have cats, so not sure if this method will work for me. Your way sounds fairly easy and you used 2 bottles of different craft paints too ~ wow ~ how creative. I also have some of those countertop chip samples too for later. I'll check out the link you posted. Maybe I might work up enough nerve to tackle the countertops after all. Thanks for sharing!

@ McBetsy ~ Yeah, I also live in a mobile home and am currently doing some renovations with it. It's funny how large the rooms all look while they're empty, but when you start getting stuff in them ~ they don't look so large anymore! Like I mentioned in my comment to GayLinn about her countertops, I'd also like to do something like that, but can't tackle that at this time. I'll check out your link you mentioned too. Maybe 'updating' the countertops will go onto my ever growing list of "things to do." Thanks to both of you!

Yucaipa, CA(Zone 10a)

Oops! Sorry, I meant to write "GayLynn" ~ minor typo.

Hickam Housing, HI

I am also planning to paint my kitchen counter tops. I have gone through the link you have provided. This seems helpful for me. Thanks for the suggestion and really your kitchen looks beautiful.

Agawam, MA

Reading all the content here making me also to change my kitchen counter. I think now I have got a nice ideas from here. Thank you all.

Dahlonega, GA

Staceysmom , It's been awhile and want to know if the paint is still holding up well .

Virginia Beach, VA

You did a good job!!!

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