Renovating your kitchen can be a lot of work, and if you’re trying to find out how to paint laminate countertops, you don’t have to look any further! You probably have completely suitable counters as is, but there’s nothing wrong with giving them a classier look. Granite is one of the most sought-after materials for countertops of all shape and size. You can achieve an amazing faux granite look by painting laminate countertops with special kits, and your friends won’t believe it’s not the real thing! The process is so simple and easy that anyone can refinish uninteresting laminate counters. We’ve got a step-by-step guide that should have those boring and bland countertops of yours shining like new with a nice neat update.
How to Paint Laminate Countertops
Step 1: Get those tops clean, prepare your surface
Any countertop that you’re going to be painting needs to be cleaned well and completely dry. Scrub any grease or debris away and allow time for your counters to dry. If you’ve got any cracks, holes or nicks, you can fix them with wood filler and some high-grit sandpaper.
Step2: Apply the primer
If you’re using a faux granite paint kit–like the one from the Giani brand that covers 35 square feet of surface area for about $70–it should have come with a primer that you’ll paint with first. The primer acts as a base coat and it will be visible through the rest of the paint you apply. If you’re doing multiple different surfaces in one area, such as several different counters in your kitchen, you want to make it a point to complete all of the jobs in one day so you achieve a look that’s as uniform as possible. You want to get your primer coat as even as possible. Once the primer is applied, it’s going to require at least 8 hours to dry completely.
Step 3: Get your technique down.
After you allow your primer coat to dry for at least 8 hours, you’ll start applying the other mineral paint hues with a very porous, fluffy kind of sponge that will leave behind a pattern reminiscent of granite. You should practice on another surface like construction paper beforehand to get some kind of idea for the look you want to achieve. You don’t want to streak the paint, but you want to dab and blot the sponge to create waves of color that pull together across a surface. Once you get all of your countertops patterned, you’ll have to allow at least 4 hours for drying time.
Step 4: Sand a little bit before your topcoat!
To achieve the best granite look possible, you’re going to have to give your countertops a light, quick sanding to create a bit more depth and agreement between your paint colors. Once you’ve sanded to your satisfaction, it’s time to apply the topcoat: the final step.
Step 5: Apply the topcoat
The topcoat pulls it all together and will give off the sleek shine that everyone loves most about granite! Once the topcoat has been applied, it will need no less than 4 hours to dry.
It would probably be best to wait at least an additional 4 to 8 hours before sitting anything heavy on the counter, like your microwave or any other small appliance. Make sure you’re easy on the counters and you don’t get them wet for at least two weeks to make sure they’ve cured properly.
Giani has a flawless product for painting kitchen countertops that people everywhere really love, and with a variety of colors, you can achieve your own special look that will instantly make your counters pop!
What’s better than creating a faux granite countertop that you can tweak to your own personal specifications? Giani paint is automotive quality and use safe water based materials. My favourite colors are Sicilan Sand and Chocolate Brown. The Giani kits work on virtually any kind of counter, so you really can’t go wrong! Check out the video below to see how you can transform your kitchen with Giani Granite Countertop paint.
Rust-Oleum also has their own countertop refinishing kits! They employ the use of color chips to get that granite look.
They offer kits of 30 and 50 square feet varieties and although it’s probably a little more involved than a Giani kit, it can still give off very nice results within a number of different price points depending on the look you want.
Remodeling doesn’t have to be difficult. If you have some extra money to remodel and a free weekend of time, then you can get countertops that are as good as new! You shouldn’t have to stress about how to paint laminate countertops: it should be as painless and easy as possible!