Give Ugly Tile Countertops a Transformation

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5 Hours

If you have ugly tile countertops, I promise, there is hope! I recently painted mine and the difference is stark!

give ugly tile countertops a transformation

My basement has been getting a full DIY renovation, mostly with paint. Because paint is magical! AND, I didn't want to spend a lot of money.

These ugly brown countertops needed to go, but that wasn't in the budget. So I went to my local Benjamin Moore paint store for recommendations on the paint to use.

The process to paint these tile countertops was not hard, but did require a fair amount of patience.

STEP 1: Sand tile countertops

Sand then clean well prior to painting.

STEP 2: Apply primer

I used INSL-X STIX primer. I love it. I've used it on several heavy duty projects and it has always been amazing. It was used as the primer for stenciling my tile floors as well.

One coat of primer was used.

give ugly tile countertops a transformation

STEP 3: Apply two coats of Benjamin Moore Corotech High Performance Pre-Catalyzed Waterborne Wall Epoxy.

I used white in semigloss. Two thin coats were all that was needed since I was paining over white primer. I did a few minor touch ups after the two coats.

The second coat can be applied after 2 hours according to the paint instructions.

Primer only- left; first coat Corotech -right
Primer only- left; first coat Corotech -right

Be sure to allow several days for this paint to cure prior to use. Then it is incredibly durable!

Want a full bar before and after?!

Before (are you feeling the 70's vibe!)
Before (are you feeling the 70's vibe!)

Now take a look at the after!


As you can see, lots of other updates took place as well! I made the rustic wood shelves, too! They really improved the look of the wall behind the bar!

For a more detailed tutorial, take a peek at my blog post!

Have a great day!

April at Love Our Real Life

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  • Barbara
    on Jan 29, 2019

    Im sorry I only see one picture. My we see before and after!

  • Diana
    on Feb 8, 2019

    I have an island in my kitchen with tile top. I hate it - mostly due to crumbs in the grout. Will this process fill the grout to make a (mostly) smooth surface? I don't have a budget to redo my complete kitchen. If I could get this tackled I'd be happy. Or is there another solution to removing / covering. Most tile places are not interested in such a small area.

    • Sarge
      5 days ago

      i have no idea (at all) if this will work but I'm thinking if you put some sort of glue/epoxy along the grout lines (to fill in and maybe level out to the height of the tile) and let it completely dry before starting April's process of the primer, etc., you might get the "even" surface you are wanting. Just a thought.

    2 hours ago

    Could I do this with a counter top that is not tiled?

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