Countertop paint?

party_music50August 16, 2013

Hi all -- I have a 1938 bungalow with a very small kitchen that was allegedly updated sometime in the 1980s. The existing laminate countertop was clearly custom-pieced.... there's a pass-through counter to the dining room, there's an odd corner taken up by the chimney, there are seams in places where you'd rather not have seams, and there are cig burns next to the sink that drive me nuts because the counter always looks dirty there. lol! I asked my sister & BIL to look at it and they say it will be a PITA to replace the laminate because of all the piecing/fitting that will need to be done. Hence, I'm considering using countertop paint and wonder if anyone here has tried it and what their experience was.

I've been researching the two most popular/available granite-look countertop paints: Giani and Rustoleum. Based on the reviews and comments I've read on-line, I'm leaning toward trying the far less expensive Giani brand!

Has anyone here tried using a countertop paint? and what can you tell me about it?

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Search Google for painting countertops. Many people have done it with ordinary latex paint and clear sealant.

The trick is to scuff it up with fine sandpaper, use a primer like "GrabZ" or "the Grabber" that sticks to almost everything, and then roll on your color coats with a foam roller.

You have to pamper them a bit - no scouring powder, take it easy on the mustard and yellow curry spills, but it will be prettier than what you have.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 3:42PM
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My DD has this in her apartment. From ten feet it looks like real stone. It feels like paint to the touch though. They've been there a while without any scratching or chipping. One word of caution though, the painters did not remove the sinks and there is a shadow of paint along the edge. This is what tipped me off that it was paint. Good taping is the key to success here.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:44PM
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Thanks for the replies! I'm flopping back and forth over whether I dare do this. I keep thinking that a failed paint job will be worse than what I have now. :p

lazygardens, I wondered if the paint had to be anything special! I read reviews saying that the countertop paint was much more durable if it was covered with a good hard polyurethane.

maryinthefalls, I had never considered what it would feel like! and thanks for the tip on taping. I hate taping for painting, so that won't be the fun part if I do this. :p

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 9:58PM
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Buy a kit for that purpose and follow the directions. You can even add a granite appearance to help disguise the seams.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 12:06PM
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Did you see this discussion over on the Cooking Forum?

Here is a link that might be useful: New kitchen including discussion on repainting countertops

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:30PM
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Yes I did, colleenoz -- that's the 2nd time I've seen the topic come up on the Cooking forum -- that conversation led me to ask about it here. lol!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 10:15PM
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