How To Paint Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops, no matter how durable, do have a life span. If you’ve been using your glossy counter top for years, it will probably have scratches, cracks, and even dimples. One way of restoring your kitchen countertop to pristine condition is to have it painted over.

Painting kitchen countertops is not always a simple task. Countertops are usually glossy because of laminate. Sometimes, the challenge is parting with the nice design that a granite or marble surface has. However, if you want to make your kitchen looking clean and new, a repainting should be in order.

What you need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Oil based primer
  • Oil based paint
  • Polyurethane sealant
  • Epoxy glue
  • Paint brushes and sponges
  • Masking tape
  • Old newspapers or plastic sheets
  • Cleaning implements
  • Work clothes

Clean the surface. The first order of business is thoroughly cleaning the surface to be painted. Aside from cleaning debris and utensils, you will need to thoroughly clean the surface using household cleaning implements.

Sand the surface. After cleaning, you will need to sand the surface with a medium-grade sandpaper (200 grit will do). At this point, you will already lose whatever glossy surface your kitchen counter has. Don’t worry, you will be able to regain that luster after repainting. You can fill in any imperfections with epoxy glue. Be sure to sand the entire surface, so it will be level and smooth.

Prior to priming, be sure to use newspapers or a plastic sheet to cover surfaces that are not for painting. Hold these firmly in place with masking tape.

Prime the surface. After sanding, you will need to prime the surface. Make sure that you clean the surface of all sanding dust. You can wash it again with detergent and water. Just be sure to dry the surface completely.

Apply one coat of primer, then let dry for about two hours. Apply another coat, and let dry. For best results, leave the primer to dry overnight. Oil based primers and paint are a good choice for kitchen sinks, because they have good water repelling quality.

Paint on the surface. Making sure that the primer is dry, you can now apply the first layer of paint. You can use a paintbrush or roller, but you can also use a sponge, if you want a different-looking surface. Some would prefer to use different colors to achieve a marble-like design. Let the paint dry for about four hours before applying another layer. You will need to let the final layer dry overnight.

Seal the surface. Use the polyurethane sealant to seal over the surface. This will result in a shiny kitchen countertop surface. You can apply several layers of this sealant, to ensure that your painted kitchen countertop lasts longer.

Some tips. As with any paint job, put your safety above all else. Use a mask when painting, and be sure to open doors and windows for adequate ventilation. And as with all painting projects, the actual act of painting is sometimes the least difficult task. You must first need to determine what color scheme your kitchen countertop should have, and this is where your artistic flair and style should come in.

Painting and sealing a kitchen countertop can make it look new. Sealant also gives a kitchen countertop a glossy look and makes it durable enough to stand wear.


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