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How to Paint a Bathroom Countertop

Want an easy, inexpensive color change for your bathroom? Paint that old, laminated countertop for a simple makeover with a big impact. Here's how to do it.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

Step 1: Plan Carefully

Consider how long the color will need to work with the bathroom decor as this will influence your final paint choice. Is this paint job a temporary fix until you are able to replace the surface entirely?

The counter is so large and so close to the bathroom mirror that its color should be good with your coloring. Don't choose anything that makes you look sickly and nothing so bright you can't look at it for long.

It is important to allow two to three weeks of cure time before using the counter.

Step 2: Prepare the Counter

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. Use a flash-bond primer that will stick to the laminate and to the paint. Our expert suggests a 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.

Step 3: Paint and Seal the Counter

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. Use satin or semi-gloss sealer to make the seal stronger. Avoid egg shell or flat paint.

If the counter does not turn out how you expected, lightly sand the finish, add another coat of primer and repaint.

This process can also be repeated every few months to keep up with current color trends.

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