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Tape off the sink or remove it completely.
Clean the existing laminate countertop well with a solution of trisodium phosphate. Protect your hands with rubber gloves.
Sand the laminate to create a rough surface for the paint to cling to, and wipe clean with a tack cloth.
Apply a coat of oil-based ivory primer. Allow the countertop to dry for at least 24 hours. Apply a coat of ivory oil-based paint to the countertop.
Sponge-paint complimentary accent colors (light gold and ivory) on the countertop for a soft, mottled look. Pour a small amount of each accent paint onto a plastic plate. Dip the sea sponge into light-gold paint, dab off the excess on a paper towel, and lightly sponge paint onto the countertop. When the first coat is dry, dab on the lighter-colored accent paint.
When the final coat has dried for 24 hours, seal the surface with a nonyellowing oil-based polyurethane.