Replacing countertops in your kitchen can be quite expensive. If your counters are currently in a good condition, but you are looking for a way to upgrade them without the expense of replacing them, consider a faux finish that will give them to get the high end look of granite or natural stone, at a much lower cost. You could either hire a interior painting company that specializes in this sort of work, or you can try doing it yourself.
With a bit of paint and some artistic flair it’s fairly easy to give your laminate countertops the look of granite. It’s a good idea to first practice on a piece of paper or cardboard in order to hone the technique. After you have practiced for a bit you’re ready to create a great new look for your kitchen.
What you Need:
- Damp rag
- Household cleaner
- Photo of real granite for reference
- Disposable containers
- Acrylic paints in 3 primary colors and one accent color
- Acrylic glaze
- Latex paint primer
- Polyurethane sealer
- Sea sponges
- Large paint brush
Step 1: Using the household cleaner and damp rag, thoroughly clean the surface. Make sure that all of the dirt, grease, and other buildup is removed.
Step 2: Use the fine grit sandpaper or a sanding block to remove the shine from the countertops. Sanding the laminate will help the paint adhere better to the laminate. After the counters are sanded, use a rag to wipe down the dust particles.
Step 3: Use newspaper and tape to cover the areas that you do not want to paint. Place paper or plastic on the floor under the counters in order to avoid drips or spills.
Step 4: Look at pictures of real granite to determine what colors of paint you are going to need for your faux granite. Purchase a primer/paint that is the same as the dominate color of the granite you have chosen. Purchase acrylic paints in the other colors that are in the granite and include a metallic shade of paint if the granite has any metallic flakes.
Step 5: Paint the prepped counters with with your primer/base color. Use a large paint brush and make sure that you get the edges. Allow the paint to completely dry and apply a second coat if needed.
Step 6: Once the primer is dry it is time to add the acrylic colors. Place small amounts of each color in disposable containers. Use a sea sponge and dip it into the color that is in the middle range. Dab this color over the entire counter making sure that you leave areas of the base color to show.
Step 7: Repeat the above step with the darkest color of paint. The same sponge can be used as this will create a more blended effect. Dab it over the entire area as well, but use less paint than with the medium shade and make sure to allow the other colors to shine through.
Step 8: Repeat the above process with the lightest shade. You will use more paint for this color in order to create a dominate shade.
Step 9: Mix your accent glaze and apply it sporadically throughout the granite. Allow to completely dry.
Step 10: Once the paint is dry apply polyurethane or other type of sealer with a paint brush. Let dry and then apply a second coat. Make sure that the sealer is completely dry before you place anything on the countertop.
Completing this project will take a couple of days when dry times are factored in, but when it is finished you will have faux granite countertops that you’ll love and that your friends will be impressed by.