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How to Paint Laminate Countertops

Updated on August 3, 2013
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Refinishing your formica or laminate countertops is as easy as one, two three! I have done this several times and the result is a lasting finish that stands the test of time and family-life abuse.

Because you are using paint, you can make your cheap countertops look like expensive stone and even wood. The more advantageous artist may even go for a carved stone, fur or feathered look!


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Keeping Painted Laminate Beautiful Forever

Always clean up any spills as soon as they happen. Do not drag heavy or sharp objects across your painted countertops.

This technique works for painting plywood floors as well!



Refinish Your Laminate Countertops


Things You Will Need:

  • Transfer Paper
  • Pencil
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint roller
  • Paintbrushes
  • Good quality sealant
  • Furniture wax
  • Lint-free cloths
  • Degreaser


Scrub the surface with a degreaser and hot water. Remove every speck of gunk you can find. A toothbrush works well for getting under the rim of the countertop.


Rinse the surface and dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.


Sand the surface with medium-grit sandpaper. This will rough the countertop up and remove any hard deposits.


Lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper. Do not make it super smooth, just give it a nice surface for painting.


Clean the countertop with water and dry thoroughly with another lint-free cloth. A clean surface is very important when painting laminate and formica.


After dried, apply a thin layer of basecoat to the countertop. Allow this to dry.


Lightly sand the dried paint with the fine-grit sandpaper. Clean away the dust.


Apply two more thin layers of paint, allowing each layer to dry and sanding them before adding the next.


Clean away the dust.


Use your stencils or transfer paper to draw your chosen design on the countertop.


Paint your designs onto the countertop.


After the artwork is finished, allow it to dry completely.


Apply a thin layer of sealant to the surface. Allow this to dry before sanding lightly and adding another layer.


Apply a third and final layer of sealant. Do not sand this layer. Allow to dry for at least 24 to 48 hours.


Use a high-quality furniture wax to add a protective film to the countertops. The wax will cause protective beading if water gets spilled on the surface.



If you do a good job, this surface will look so beautiful. Even if you thought you couldn't have nice countertops, you really can!


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