Chalkboard Countertops

Indoor Ideas 2 days ago
I didn't like my 30 year old laminate countertops from the moment I moved in to my house 5 years ago. I wanted something that looked like stone but less expensive. One night I got the idea to paint my counters with chalkboard paint. Not only is it beautiful, it's functional too. How would you like to write your grocery list right on your counter?
Time: 2 Days Cost: $50.00 Difficulty: Easy
This is the after photo two years later. They've held up great! I've only touched up a few spots here and there. It's food safe and I can lay hot pots directly on the counter.
Above is the kitchen as we bought it 5 years ago, looking a bit tired. I prepped our counters by sanding them and wiping them clean. I used painters tape around the areas I didn't want paint.
With a 6in roller & 1 quart of Satin Black countertop paint as my base coat, I went to work. After I let the paint dry overnight it looked like the picture above. Not a very good look yet.
On the second day I was excited to use the Matte Black Chalkboard Paint (1 quart). I let the paint dry overnight again. I woke up to beautiful stone like counters. I couldn't be more pleased.
It's like having new countertops but I can write messages on them! After I'm done writing my grocery list I can just wipe it off with a wet washcloth or disinfectant wipes.
**Ecos paints has a 100% nontoxic, No VOC & allergy free chalkboard paint which would be food safe. Or you can put a clear nontoxic coat over regular chalkboard paint. I'm replacing the tile backsplash soon, never finished! :)
Years later my counters still look beautiful.

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  • Marla S
    I am so temped to do this I did the edging (wood) but not the whole thing. I am very hesitant because my kitchen counters are always in use and very abused always water around the sink and stuff all over (6 people 3 teens!) I'm afraid lol - did anyone do
  • Deb
    Deb Killeen, TX
    I love chalkboard paint! I painted my inside doors with it 7 years ago and it still looks good!

    Your countertops look great!

  • Marie Odell
    Marie Odell Altoona, PA
    Would Love To Know what color are the cabinets?
  • Holly Moore
    Holly Moore Estes Park, CO
    Don't replace the subway tiles! They look awesome with your chalkboard countertops!
  • Joanne Kinlaw
    Joanne Kinlaw Plymouth, PA
    Awesome!!! I LOVE it!!!
  • Beth Barnett
    Beth Barnett Kansas City, MO
    I love this! I'm going to do the same to my kitchen counter tops. I may also get white chalkboard paint for my bathroom vanity counter top too. Such a neat idea. Thanks!
  • Sunluvr929
    sunluvr929 Millville, NJ
    I just finished my countertops with the chalkboard paint and absolutely love them. They were an ugly green with black specks throughout. Here are pictures of my kitchen when I purchased my home 9 months ago (That is NOT my stuff lol). I sanded, wiped
  • Courtney - March Orchard
    sunluvr929 So glad you love it. Your kitchen looks great! Thanks for posting pics. :)
  • Kyn
    Kyn Manchester Township, NJ
  • Marie
    Marie Charleston, WV
    I am not a big fan of black counter-tops but it looks great in your kitchen!
  • Intelletta
    Intelletta Montgomery, IN
    Great Look!
  • Leanna McLeod Somers
    Thank you!! I have ugly blue laminate counter tops. I'm going to get on with changing it!! Looks amazing!
  • Deb brame
    deb brame Wapella, IL
    When did you paint the cabinets? I have a huge project...walls, cabinets and counters all need redone for little cost so painting and new hardware looks like the path I will be taking. What you did is awesome!
  • Betty Sides
    Betty Sides Lewisville, TX
    Absolutely love it! I agree with Holly Moore, don't take the subway tiles, I love it!
  • Karen
    Karen Plano, TX
    Love this! Looks just like soapstone! Very clever!
Courtney - March Orchard