DIY Painted Countertops

Read below for some helpful tips from HGTV on how to update your countertops.

Once you find a color that meets all those criteria, follow these steps for a high-quality paint job:

  • Clean the countertop with warm soap and water and dry it with a soft cloth.
  • Lightly sand the counter with 150-grit sandpaper and wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.
  • Prime the entire surface with 100 percent acrylic primer. “You want a flash-bond primer, one that will stick to the laminate and that will allow paint to stick to it,” says Stephen Ingerson, color specialist for Hirschfield’s, Inc, who suggests XIM primer, Benjamin Morris Fresh Start, Bullseye 1-2-3 or any other high-quality primer that says on the label it’s intended to cover gloss or high-gloss surfaces.
  • Let the first coat of primer dry and then apply a second.
  • When the second coat of primer is dry, paint over it with a couple of coats of latex satin or semi-gloss enamel, allowing each coat to dry before painting another. After the finish coat is dry, seal it with a couple of coats of clear acrylic.
  • “Make sure to use satin or semi-gloss, because the higher the shine in the acrylic, the stronger it is and the more protection it offers against scratches and wear,” says Ingerson. “Avoid egg shell or flat paint.”
  • The acrylic seal will dry quickly, says Ingerson, but it’s important to go easy on the counter for a while anyhow. The seal takes two or three weeks to cure, and during that time you shouldn’t scrub it, just wipe it off lightly with a damp cloth,” he says. “Of course, you never want to use scouring powder or other abrasives on an acrylic-seal painted counter, even after curing.”

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