2 Affordable Laminate Countertop Update Ideas

Mar 30, 2020

2 Affordable Laminate Countertop Update Ideas

Mar 30, 2020

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Looking for an easy and affordable laminate countertop update? Here are two ideas that you could DIY today! Well, as soon as Amazon delivers the goods… While they are not substitutes for that dreamy quartz you’ve been eyeing, they might lift your mood while you save up for it.

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Can you spot the “new” countertop??

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Affordable Laminate Countertop Update #1 – PAINT

Did you know that you can actually paint a laminate countertop? I’ve seen some great products that are advertised to stand up to a busy, working kitchen. You can pick a solid color or even paint a faux “marble” or “granite” pattern that imitates the real deal. This is the one I tried.

In all honesty, I haven’t painted a laminate countertop, but I did paint the solid surface windowsill in my last kitchen. I bought this Rust-oleum Countertop Coating product at Home Depot, and I had it tinted to Light Ash at the paint counter. The side of the can lists the 16 tint options, so if you want a color other than the base color, you’ll have to get it mixed before you buy it in store.

It really stinks (literally). Know that going in, and paint on a nice day when you can air out your house. You’ll thank me later for this advice. I think the fumes are due to the special formula, which does result in a pretty tough surface once it cures. I could see this working well on a countertop, and it gets pretty good reviews (as a product, not for smell!).

countertop paint on windowsill

Last note, I used my favorite disposable foam brushes for this project, since I only painted a windowsill. I would use the recommended foam rollers for a countertop, to get the best coverage and finish.

Other highly reviewed products for painting laminate countertops:
Giani Paint Kits – Marble | White Diamond | Bombay Black | more options!
Rust-oleum Countertop Transformations Kit


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Affordable Laminate Countertop Update #2 – CONTACT PAPER

Believe it or not, you can use contact paper to cover your old laminate countertops. I remember covering a doll clothes case for my Ginny Dolls with denim contact paper as a kid. It’s come a long way since then!

I tried this today on a small section of countertop next to our range. Since our quartz replacement plans are temporarily on hold while we wait out Covid-19, I really wanted to try this cheap laminate countertop update. DIY projects don’t get much easier than contact paper, so you really have nothing to lose. I used this contact paper. It won’t last forever, but it’s a decent temporary fix.

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laminate countertop covered with contact paper

How to Cover a Countertop with Contact Paper

Supplies for This Project

contact paper | drywall knife (not pictured) | towel | scissors

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The steps are pretty simple. First, clean the laminate surface really well, degreasing if necessary.

clean and degrease laminate countertop

Next, measure and cut the contact paper to fit the first sections you plan to cover. I started with the front edge and the backsplash. (We had already removed the countertop to install a new pantry. I just put it on the floor to complete this project.)

start with contact paper on backsplash for affordable laminate countertop update
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Then, cover the top of the countertop with one continuous piece of contact paper (if possible). I didn’t align the pattern, although you could certainly try.

putting contact paper on laminate

TIP: Use a drywall taping knife wrapped in a towel to firmly smooth down the contact paper as you unpeel the backing. You’ll want to push out as many air bubbles as you possibly can. I still have a couple of bubbles, but they are not in very visible places, so I can live with it.

I ordered this contact paper on Amazon and am pretty pleased with it. It’s a fairly thick weight and didn’t stretch or distort through this project.


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Ta-Da! A “New” Countertop

If you’re desperate for a kitchen facelift, hopefully, one of these options for an affordable laminate countertop update will work for you! This feels like the perfect time to DIY right now. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

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