The kitchen is a great place to start when you want to remodel your home, especially if you plan to sell. It is a focal point and receives the most scrutiny from a potential buyer, so you want to have it looking its best.

Even if you aren’t selling but are just tired of looking at that old Formica countertop, consider giving it a DIY makeover.  Rather than spending thousands on a quartz, marble or granite countertop, you can paint your current countertop for a fraction of the cost.Old Fashioned Formica Countertop

There are painting techniques that will provide the elegant look of a more expensive countertop, allowing you to save some money for a different upgrade. Most home improvement stores have kits that can replicate the look of surfaces like granite or stone without the expense.

You can also purchase a brand like Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating that is specially made for countertop renovation. It will supposedly stick to any surface with the proper prep work.

Check out this post to learn more about this product:

Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating for Plastic Laminate | Today’s Homeowner

This special paint covers plastic laminate in a single coat without priming. It can also be used on vinyl, wood, or metal (prime bare wood and metal before applying). Simply clean the surface well with soap and water, lightly sand glossy finishes, then apply Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating using a foam brush and smooth roller.

Allow the coating to cure for three or more days before using the countertop. Rust-Oleum Countertop Coatings contains HomeShield Antimicrobial Protection to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. Apply in a well ventilated area between 50° and 90° F and clean up with xylene.

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The first thing you have to do with any type of countertop paint is clean the surface thoroughly so that the paint sticks better. This is followed by masking off any areas outside the countertop with painter’s tape.

Rust-Oleum offers different options, such as one that will make the surface one solid color or kits that provide a textured look, but if you would like to shoot for a granite look, the following video demonstrates the steps to modernize your old countertop:

The results are quite dramatic and provide a durable surface that will last for a long time. The shine can fade over time, but you can always reapply the sealer to restore the glossy look.

The average new countertop can cost anywhere between $40 to $100 per square foot, with granite being up to $250 a square foot. It makes sense to experiment with painting first, as you will get an idea of colors and style you like for very little cost. Plus, you can always replace your countertop with a more expensive material in the future as your budget allows.

One resurfacing kit that comes highly recommended is discussed in the following post:

The Five Best DIY Countertop Resurfacing Kits

The Encore Concrete Countertop Refinishing System is a low-VOC product that uses a cement mix to create a stone like finish that’s both stain and scratch resistant. It’s available in five different…MORE shades: Concrete, River Rock, Espresso, Slate, and Onyx.

Foam Paint Roller


How long will it take you to DIY? Three days including drying time. So that you know, most countertop resurfacing kits use multiple coatings. After each one is applied, it needs to dry and set before you move on to the next step. Drying time varies but in some cases, it can take up to 12 hours.

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Do-It-Yourself blogger Hayley Hill with All Things New Interiors used the above product and gave it a big thumbs up for durability, as you can see here on her blog about the process of refinishing her countertop.

The cost of the above product is higher than some, at around $250 – $350, but still a lot cheaper than a new countertop. I also really like that the Encore Concrete Countertop Refinishing System is a low- VOC product, making it safer for the user and the environment.