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How to Paint a Kitchen Countertop

Are your laminate countertops are out of style? Learn how to paint them, from DIY Network.

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Step 1: Clean and Prime the Countertop

Clean the countertop thoroughly with some sudsy ammonia.

Prime the countertop with a bonding primer to ensure that the paint will adhere to the non-porous surface. Let the primer set for about 24 hours before applying paint.

prime countertop with bonding primer

Step 2: Apply the Base Coat

Apply a base coat of paint in your choice of color. Lighter colors are recommended for the base color. Apply two to three thin coats of paint, allowing drying time between each coat.

apply base coat of paint in choice of color

Step 3: Apply Tape for Painting Technique

Once the base coat is applied, some creative painting techniques will help dress up the surface. This design includes some reveal-stripes created by applying horizontal stripes of low-tack painter's tape before applying the decorative paint pattern.

For this technique, apply the tape so that it is straight and even, and press it down firmly. Pressing the edges with a plastic spoon will help ensure a tight edge so that paint doesn't bleed beneath the edges of the tape.

apply tape for creative painting technique

Step 4: Apply the Painting Technique

For our painting technique, a moist sponge was used to create a mottled pattern. Dampen the sponge, dip it in the paint you've selected for the pattern color, next gently tap the coated sponge on a piece of newspaper to remove excess paint.

moist sponge used to create  mottled pattern

Step 5: Create a Natural, Random Pattern

Use the sponge to apply the paint to the cabinet surface.

To get a natural, randomized pattern, pounce the sponge lightly on the surface while continually turning your wrist back and forth to get a natural effect. Don't over-paint. Create "breathing room" for the pattern colors by using the lighter base-coat for negative space in the pattern.

pounce sponge lightly on surface

Step 6: Create Variations of the Pattern Details

Use different surfaces of the sponge, or different sized sponges, to create variation and pattern details. Tap the paint-covered sponge on the surface lightly, and keep turning your wrist for variability.

create variation and pattern details with sponges

Step 7: Apply the Polyurethane

Apply a Latex water-based polyurethane sealer to protect the painted surface and provide a nice shine.