Sunday, July 10, 2011

To Paint or Replace?

So, has anyone ever tried to paint a laminate countertop before? I pulled these directions from I think we are going to try it on our horribly ugly woodgrain print laminate kitchen countertop. 

Just looking for some input!! 

Thanks blogger world!

Step 1: Tape off Sink and Clean the Countertop

Tape off the sink or remove it completely.
Clean the existing laminate countertop well with a solution of trisodium phosphate. Protect your hands with rubber gloves.
old laminate countertop painted for fresh new look
Courtesy of James Calloway

Step 2: Sand the Laminate

Sand the laminate to create a rough surface for the paint to cling to, and wipe clean with a tack cloth.

Step 3: Apply Oil-based Primer and Paint

Apply a coat of oil-based ivory primer. Allow the countertop to dry for at least 24 hours. Apply a coat of ivory oil-based paint to the countertop.

Step 4: Sponge-Paint the Countertop

Sponge-paint complimentary accent colors (light gold and ivory) on the countertop for a soft, mottled look. Pour a small amount of each accent paint onto a plastic plate. Dip the sea sponge into light-gold paint, dab off the excess on a paper towel, and lightly sponge paint onto the countertop. When the first coat is dry, dab on the lighter-colored accent paint.
sponge painting gives a soft mottled effect
Courtesy of James Calloway

Step 5: Seal the Surface with Polyurethane

When the final coat has dried for 24 hours, seal the surface with a nonyellowing oil-based polyurethane.


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  2. I am ALL for a painted transformation....but my gut keeps saying replace. Maybe I have a silly gut though? LOL

  3. Maybe you have a logical gut! LOL
    I think we are going to try it. In the words of one of my friends "What's the worse that can happen?"
    Well, the worse that can happen is that it completely sucks and we replace it anyways!! LOL
    At least I'll have something interesting to blog about!!! :-)

  4. welllll......... I wanna tell ya... what you waiting on woman! Give that baby a whirl! but then if it is such a great idea.... why am I dragging my feet....

    but heck!

    my vote is still give it a whirl! :)

  5. We are going for it! We have all the supplies and I will start on it as soon as I am done with the tables and chairs!