Genius Ways to Reinvent Your Hideously Ugly Countertops

Genius Ways to Reinvent Your Hideously Ugly Countertops

Adrienne Breaux
Nov 15, 2017
(Image credit: Emma Fiala)

Can't stand your countertops but don't have the funds to tear them out and replace them with the materials of your dreams? You're in luck, because there are a handful of DIY projects out there that free you up from being stuck with a countertop material you hate while you are saving up for that gut reno. Do any of these fit your style?

Your ability to transform your countertops into an entirely different looking material will, of course, depend on the type of material you're starting with. Read on about these projects to see if they're something you can adapt to work in your home!

Assortment Blog used a surprising substance — chalkboard paint! — to get the look of soapstone on these kitchen cabinets (also lead image). The actual countertop is a furniture grade plywood with a 2" edge band, which she then painted using a slightly rough sponge roller. It's sealed with paste wax.

→ Krylon Chalkboard Paint from Amazon; $21.25

This countertop got the faux concrete treatment. It's an actual concrete material, but this feather finish is much easier to use than pouring a new concrete counter from scratch! Seen on A Beautiful Mess. Read up before you do this, because this product has been around for awhile and people have updated with information about durability. For example, Sarah's Big Idea has some thoughts on top coats and making the material last.

→ Ardex Self Drying Cement Based Feather Finish from Amazon Prime; $34.20

Marble is still going strong in the world of kitchen design, as is the price of installing marble. With some paint kits on the market (or some experimentation), you can achieve very convincing faux marble, as seen here on Gorgeous Shiny Things. She mixed her own colors, but you can buy a kit to get the same look. She also provides an update one year later.

→ Giani Countertop Paint Kit, White Diamond From Amazon: $79.95

Faux granite is also possible, using paint kits, or even contact paper that looks shockingly real, as you can see here on The Handyman's Daughter. It has its limitations however: installing without bubbles can be difficult, and you never want to cut on the actual surface. But if you are looking for temporary solution, this isn't a bad one.

→ Decorative Heavy-Duty Self-Adhesive Film from Amazon: $12.14

Here's a faux bois laundry room countertop, seen on Little Green Notebook. The key to this project is just some paint and a wood grain rocker, both of which are affordable.

→ Marshalltown Combination Graining Tool from Amazon; $12.82

Re-edited from a post originally published 2.6.15-DF

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