If your laminate kitchen or bathroom counter needs an overhaul, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars replacing it. Instead, paint it a color that coordinates with the walls, floor, and accessories. Review new laminate styles for color inspiration and consider how long you will keep the counters the selected color. If you do not like the result, it is easy to change the color. You can even go seasonal!
You will need:
Step 1: Clear the countertop and clean it with a cloth soaked in warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry it with other cloths.
Step 2: Use the sandpaper to lightly sand the surface. Use a damp cloth to wipe off sanding dust.
Step 3: Prime the surface with the acrylic primer. Be sure to select a primer that will cover a glossy or high-gloss surface and will stick to laminate and enable paint to adhere to itself. Let the primer dry and then apply a second coat. Let this dry.
Step 4: Paint the countertop with a coat of latex semi-gloss or satin enamel paint. This will create a higher shine for the acrylic, making it stronger and better able to protect against wear and scratches. Allow the paint to dry, apply a second coat, and let this dry.
Step 5: Apply a coat of clear acrylic and allow it to dry. Add a second coat and let this dry. Though the seal dries quickly, it will take two to three weeks to cure. Do not scrub the countertop during this time and never use abrasive cleaners like scouring powder, even after the surface has cured.
Step 6: If you do not like the color or are ready for a change, repeat the process, starting with Step 2.