How To Paint Laminate Countertops In The Kitchen and Bath

The kitchen can be one of the most expensive rooms in the home to remodel. Even if you don’t purchase new appliances, cabinets and countertops are a large expense on their own. If you would like to replace them but can’t really afford to, consider painting them for a whole new look.

Laminate countertops are pretty durable, but over time the colors can become faded, dull or just outdated. If your countertops are in good condition, you can just paint them instead of spending hundreds of dollars on replacing them. It’s also a great way to just change the color of a kitchen that you don’t like.

One of the key factors in successfully painting laminate surfaces is to make sure that they’re clean so the paint will adhere well. You should use TSP, trisodium phosphate cleaner to remove all the grime and build up. Other than that you’ll need painters or masking tape, foam paint rollers, a bonding primer, water based paint and some polyurethane to seal your project.

If there are any areas of the countertop that have came loose, use some wood glue to repair them. Then thoroughly clean the surfaces with the   TSP cleaner according to the label instructions. Any areas that you don’t want to paint should be taped over and you can also use drop cloths for added protection to floors and other areas.

You will definitely want to spend a little extra to get a high quality bonding primer for this project. Kitchen countertops take a lot of wear and abuse and you will be glad that you didn’t skimp on products when the job is done. You should also get the primer tinted to match the base coat so there’s less chance of it showing through the paint.

Apply a smooth even coat of primer to all of the countertop surface with a foam paint roller. Follow the manufacturers suggestions on drying time to make sure that it’s completely dry before applying the base coat. Once it’s dry, apply the base coat in the same way as you did the primer.

If you’re really creative and want to add some designs to your kitchen countertops, now is the time to do it. There are numerous ways to add designs to the surfaces, you can use tape to mark off designs, stencils and even rubber stamps. If you want to create a block design, measure and tape off square sections, then add designs to the center of each square.

After the designs have completely dried remove all of the tape. The last step you’ll want to take is to apply a polyurethane protectant. Choose a water based sealant that is clear and again, go for the quality and not the price. The polyurethane sealant will help keep water from soaking through to the laminate countertop causing it to eventually rot. It will also help protect your hard work from stains.

You should apply at least three coats of polyurethane, but many experts recommend four coats be applied. The more coats you put on the surface the more protection you’ll have. And, it will give your countertops a nice shine that will make them look more professional.