DIY Decoupaged Kitchen Counter Recipe

4 Materials
10 Days

I had no budget to replace my kitchen counters so I came up with this idea to do it on the cheap.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
I started with this little counter between my fridge and stove because it was small and if I messed it up it wouldn't matter that much. This is the before.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
I already had everything I needed for this project, which was mod podge, some foam brushes, and scissors.. and some Stays Clear poly that didn't make it in this pic. The only thing I had to find was a cookbook with pages that I liked. None of my own fit the bill.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
Thankfully one day my hubby found this one at a thrift store for $4, and it was perfect because it was large and had more than enough recipes to cover all my kitchen counters.

And the best thing was that it had red recipe headings to go with the red accents in my made over aqua and red kitchen.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
I cut out what seemed like a kajillion recipes.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
All my old counters have this built in back splash, so I started there.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
I just added mod podge to the back of the recipes and on the counter.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
Then I applied a very light coat of mod podge once each recipe was in place. I flattened the recipes as much as I could with the brush, my fingers, and a brayer.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
Here you can see that I worked from the outside in. Not sure it really matters but this just felt right to me.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
Then I filled in the middle parts, and to finish it off I angled some of my favourite recipes from that book on the top so I can use them if I want to. It also adds some interest. You can see there are a few wrinkles, but most of them disappeared as it dried.

diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
Once the counter was dry I applied one coat of mod podge all over.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
Here you can see most of the wrinkles are gone.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
Then I did 4 coats of Stays Clear poly. I love this stuff because it doesn't yellow.

The poly is an absolute must. It protects the recipes, and makes the counters easy to wipe clean with a lightly damp cloth.

I have plenty of recipes left from the book I used so if I ever do get a stain I'll just cover it up with a new recipe. So I have no worries about that.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
Here's the before again of the little counter area.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
And the after. I was so happy with the results that I continued on and did all of my kitchen counters.
diy decoupaged kitchen counter recipe
Here's a picture of my corner cupboard counter completed. To see the rest of my decoupaged kitchen counters please visit my blog post here.

It took 10 days to complete all the counters because of drying times between the coats of the poly. Also I couldn't do all the counters at the same time because we needed to be able to use the kitchen while I was doing this.

When I first did this counter makeover I thought it was going to be temporary until I could afford a new one, but I love it so much that I've decided to keep it.

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  • Courtney McCartney
    on May 16, 2018

    I LOVE this! I would like to try this in my own kitchen. But I have a question. Did you have to prepare the original countertops in anyway, like a primer or scoring it slightly so the Modge Podge sticks?

    • Thanks Courtney! No, I didn't do anything to my laminate counter tops. They were old and worn, and that probably helped. All I did was wipe them very well yo make sure they were as clean as possible. Mod Podge is like glue and I had no trouble with it sticking. I believe it's important to put a couple of top coats of a polyurethane on top of the MP though for more durability. I used Benjamin Moore Stays Clear because it tends not to yellow over time. I hope that helps.

  • Dena Frost
    on May 19, 2018

    i have quite a few recipes that were passed down to me by family and friends. I would like to cover the Formica that is on our island with these. These recipes are hand written in pencil and ink from a ball point pen and some of them have stains from???? on them. Do you think I could use these or would the midge lodge smear the writing? Some of these recipes were written in the 50’s by relatives who have passed away and I don’t want to ruin them.

    • Cathy Quinn
      on Sep 24, 2018

      the mod podge would smear your originals writing. Make copies with a laser printer for the best results. Print onto a good quality paper but with as smooth a finish as possible. A rough texture may cause drag across the surface and tear your prints.

      you could print some on printed scrapbook papers to add a little color patch here and there. And if you have photos of the friends/family - add printed copies of those into your collage also?

  • Car32530051
    on Sep 26, 2018

    Did you use anything special to clean the Formica before starting the Mod Podge?

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  • Ferdi
    on Jun 11, 2018

    This is really cool. I am thinking of trying it my place.

  • Brenda
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Love it! So creative and looks pretty easy to do. ModgePodge is great! Thanks for sharing.

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