Laminate countertops last a long time and can look like just about any material you like, including granite or marble. They allow you to have beautiful, sleek countertops and an upgraded kitchen without spending money on more expensive countertop materials. Another great thing about them is that they can be painted with solid colors or other textures. Here are some tips for painting your laminate countertops.
Prep the Countertops
You can start the process by getting your laminate countertops ready for priming and interior painting. You should also start with clean countertops, so make sure you have scrubbed them thoroughly. Begin by removing all items from the countertops, including all devices, appliances, cords, and candles. Once you have done that, use a scouring pad and soap to remove cooking oil and grease, as well as buildup on the counters. You can then use your preferred cleaning product to clean all of the countertops, being sure to pay close attention to the backs and edges of the counters that might not often get cleaned. Rinse the soap well and be sure they are fully dry before continuing.
Use Primer First
Priming the countertops is recommended before you paint them, as it helps the paint adhere to the countertops. Before priming, sand them gently with a fine-grit sandpaper. This smoothes out the surface and allows you to apply primer without having cracks or uneven areas. Sand from the back edge of the countertop, moving slowly toward the front edge of the countertop. Keep sanding until you can run your hands over the counters and it feels level and smooth, with no ridges or bumps. When it is sanded, you can apply the primer. If you are going for a dark granite or marble appearance when painting the countertops, choose a darker primer color. Let the primer dry before painting.
Paint the Countertops
Once the primer has been applied and is fully dry, you can start painting the countertops. This should be easy to do if you are painting the countertops a single, solid color. Simply paint them in the same manner as when you used the primer. However, if you are trying to accomplish a granite or marble look, you will use multiple paint colors. It helps to use a sponge when applying different mineral colors to get a granite-like pattern. It helps to practice on a piece of cardboard or paper to get the technique right. With countertop painting, you might need multiple coats of paint before you get the color you want.
Use a Topcoat Last
Finally, add a topcoat to the surface of the countertops. This is going to seal in the paint colors you have just added, plus provide a sealant for the countertops. It prevents the paint from chipping or bleeding when you wash the countertops and can help reduce damage from moisture, scratches, and spills.