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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  • Mich
    on Jan 17, 2019

    I like this idea! If I were to use pieces of wallpaper OR glossy pages from a book, would it work as well with the Mod Podge as your recipes did? Thanks for the great idea!

    • Thanks Mich! Whether you try wallpaper or glossy book pages I would suggest you do a sample on a scrap piece of wood just so you can see how the Mod Podge works with either of those. Wallpaper does tend to be much thicker than book pages, so I honestly can't say how that would work. I hope this helps. :)

  • Tina Mcnicholas
    on Feb 5, 2019

    I love this idea! I have hideous counter tops and can’t afford to replace them right now. I’ve been trying to decide what to do with them. My kitchen and dining room are connected and I tend to decorate them similarly, in a very primitive country style, that I love and fits my 1850’s home. Any suggestions on what I could use to decoupage on my counters? I so want to try this but I’m stumped on what to use.

    • Tina Mcnicholas
      7 days ago

      Thank you Tuula, so much for your information! I’m thinking maybe, pictures out of like the old Sears catalog or maybe seed catalogs but not sure where to find them. I guess I’ll keep searching. Do you think if they were all black and white I could mix them? My cabinets are red and my floors are beige tile, if that gives you an idea.

  • Renee
    2 days ago

    Can u set hot dishes or pan on the counter or hot jars cause I do canning and jars get hot

    • Hi Renee! I'm so glad that you like my counters. I did mine because I didn't have the money to splurge on new counters. I don't put hot pots or pans right on the counter just in case they might cause some damage. I can't guarantee that won't happen, especially with very hot canning jars. I use hot pads or trivets, which I used even before I decoupaged my counters, and I always have place mats on my kitchen table that I can use for hot things as well. I've had my counters now for just over two years and they are still holding up well. For extra tips please visit this counter project on my blog. I hope that helps.

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  • Brenda
    on Jul 13, 2018

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

  • Cinderella
    on Feb 2, 2019

    I'm so grateful for Pinterest and others creative ideas and projects that turns our homes into the rooms you usually only see in magazines!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

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