How To Paint A Formica Countertop

$20
2 Hours
Easy
When we purchased our 1970's lake house, everything in the house was original. The countertop in the bathroom was formica that had seen better days.
Lots of scratches and stains had happened over the years.
First, we removed the sink. We were going to replace it anyway, so that made the painting easier. If you aren't replacing the sink, just tape off around it.
Lightly sand the top and wipe clean.
We found this product for twenty dollars. There is a palette of colors to chose from so it can be tinted right at the store.
I found it easier to roll on instead of using a paint brush.
Follow the directions on the can. I decided to apply two coats so there is a wait time in between coats. It also has a very strong smell, so be sure to have plenty of ventilation.
The original is on the left, the first coat on the right.
Even after two coats, we still had half of the can left. The final coat was applied right before we left for the weekend so it had a full week to cure. I think the final cure time is actually two days.
It's been over a year since this project was done, and I am happy to say it has held up very well. I would not hesitate to recommend this product.

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  • Kimberly Kimberly on Jan 15, 2017
    I am doing this now, I am seeing lines where the the width of the roller ends. It's like my roller is leaving marks.. did you have this problem and did you thin the paint?

  • Marissa Marissa on Mar 03, 2017
    When we bought our 1920's home.. the only "update" was the kitchen.. and by update I mean it was done in the late 80s early 90s.. we have dark red formica countertops.. do you think it would work the same if I used your method? also did you paint on top of it and if so what type of sealant did you use. The final product photo appears that it is a greyish color.. thank you

  • Titi Titi on Jan 14, 2020

    I rent the home we live in and its a dump at $1600 a month, however my 23 year old daughter colored her hair in the guess bathroom and got black hair dye on the counter the wall and the floor, The worst is the counter. How do i get that 1950's Formica fixed? I did try bleach and Ajax.

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