Feeling Proud:How I DIY'd My Old Formica Countertop- Thoughts?

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My counter top was full of stains and burns, so I sanded it all down, painted it with acrylic paint mixed with drywall paste. I sponge painted sheets of printer paper, cut them into squares, and hand painted or stenciled some with flowers etc. Glued them down to look like tiles, and coated with marine poly (not water based). I did this around 2000, and have lightly sanded (to prevent build up) and reapplied poly every 2-3 years. You could make this fit anywhere!

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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Mar 04, 2017
    It looks amazing!! That's an awesome solution!! Thank you for sharing!

  • William William on Mar 04, 2017
    WOW ! Looks great!

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 05, 2017
    Wow! This looks amazing! What a great refurbishing job!!

  • Anna Anna on Mar 05, 2017
    WOW!!!!!

  • Ceejay Ceejay on Mar 05, 2017
    This looks beautiful!! I'm not that creative of a painter, but scrap booking paper would work too.....Please advise what type of glue you used to glue them to the old counter tops. Your idea solved the problem of the edges being rounded off instead of a completely flat surface (and also what to do with a built in back splash).

  • Laura Owen Laura Owen on Mar 05, 2017
    I just used Tacky Glue (brown bottle), but I added a little water to make it more fluid. I used a stenciling brush to apply, holding the square upside down on the palm of my hand and tried to make sure I had the back surface well covered. Remember it is paper tho, so you don't want to super saturate or scrub it too much. I kept a moist sponge handy to wipe up globs, but it dries clear, so it's more about keeping it all smooth. Also need to smooth out air bubbles as you apply. I think I used a broad spackling spatula. I also used a T square to keep my rows straight....

    I almost wish I hadn't painted the flowers, as I am a bit tired of the country look now. Time to do something new!

  • Grace Grace on Mar 06, 2017
    What an amazing job! The best part to me is how great it looks after years of use! Great idea!

  • Very creative! Looks wonderful. Great share, thanks! 😉

  • 512181 512181 on Mar 08, 2017
    You are very clever. Looks great!

  • Marrianne Rudy Marrianne Rudy on Mar 09, 2017
    This looks like something I could do as a backsplash!!

  • Vivianinpink Vivianinpink on Mar 09, 2017
    Do you think this would work using contact paper or shelf liner? I would love to paint my laminate counter top but it has bubbles in it and I am afraid they will show thru even after sanding when painting but if I was able to put paper over it that would cover all of it. What a great idea!

    • Laura Owen Laura Owen on Mar 09, 2017
      I am not sure how well shelf liner would stick, and contact paper wouldn't be any thicker than the paper I used. Also not sure how well poly would stick to contact paper. I also considered using craft paper (like brown paper bags), which if you crumbled it up before adhering it would add texture that might cover your flaws. Good luck!

  • Pam Pam on Mar 11, 2017
    Love this! I am researching techniques to update my ugly laminate counter top. Just wondering, is the marine poly food safe?

  • Laura Owen Laura Owen on Mar 12, 2017
    I always use a cutting board when preparing food. I know that wooden counter tops are poly'd too, but you'd have to verify somewhere...

    • Sue  T Sue T on Mar 12, 2017
      Reply to Laura Owen... Wow, that's a great idea and it looks so beautiful. You are really talented...

  • Inetia Inetia on Mar 13, 2017
    It's beautiful and has a unique vintage look. It gives you colors to work with when adding other accents. I'd love to see the whole room once you've pulled it all together.

  • Karen J Karen J on Mar 14, 2017
    Well done Laura.

  • San21960392 San21960392 on Mar 18, 2017
    Really love it. It looks vintage and also clean which is very important for a kitchen. Congratulations!!