Step 1

old laminate countertop painted for fresh new look

James Calloway

James Calloway

Tape off Sink and Clean the Countertop

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.

Step 2

Sand the Laminate

Sand the laminate to create a rough surface for the paint to cling to, and wipe clean with a tack cloth.

Step 3

Apply Oil-based Primer and Paint

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.

Step 4

sponge painting gives a soft mottled effect

James Calloway

James Calloway

Sponge-Paint 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.

Step 5

Seal the Surface with Polyurethane

When the final coat has dried for 24 hours, seal the surface with a nonyellowing oil-based polyurethane.