Updating laminate countertops

Granite: Use a painting technique to get the look of granite, for a whole lot less.

You can get more details on sources, and installation, from Retro Renovation.

Stainless Steel: The DIY Network featured a counter made over with shiny paint called liquid stainless steel.

Some people are lucky enough to mince garlic atop custom countertops that match the style of their dreams; others may chop leafy greens on unsightly surfaces straight from the 80s (or worse).

Because of its economical benefits and long-lasting capacity, laminate or Formica is a popular countertop choice; unfortunately, after some time, laminate surfaces often fall into the less-than-ideal category.

The high-end look of granite is mimicked on these dated laminate countertops with a fairly straightforward painting method.

Using acrylic paints, a faux painting sponge technique, and a finishing product called Envirotex Lite, boring cream countertops were transformed into this textural, more durable facade.On top of that, you might just grow bored with the sight of it.Thankfully, there are plenty of DIY ways to update them without having to outright replace them.Tile: Jenny from Everyday Occasions spent an afternoon and about to update her black laminate countertops with basic white subway tile.There are some photos to show how she did it but the DIY Network has a great tutorial illustrating the process from start to finish.Concrete: Jenny of Little Green Notebook (lead image above) used Ardex and transformed her laundry room counters into concrete-look tops.

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