How do I redo my small kitchen backsplash and countertop?

My counter is “L” shaped, with a join in the corner, original old arborite with burn holes in it, built in early 60s!! I can’t afford a fancy new one so looking for diy ideas, no tile and grout ideas please !!! Help! - Debbie

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  • Annie Annie on Mar 01, 2019

    Hi Debbie, you could just paint it. We did that, here's a link so you can see what a difference it can make. And it's an inexpensive fix.

    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/kitchen-dining/kitchen-dining-furniture/diy-paint-your-ugly-counter-top-to-look-like-granite-for-100-34583100

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    • Annie Annie on Mar 01, 2019

      We lived there for two more years and it looked as good as when we did it. We figured it was a cheap fix, we were surprised at how well it stood up.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 04, 2022

    Hi Debbie, paint one or both! I painted my countertops with melamine paint and it lasted 10 years until I replaced them. Or Paint the back splash! Here's how I painted the countertops

    Lightly sand to rough the countertop up

    Go to your paint store, tell them what you are painting, they will pick the proper paint and primer for you, you can even get the primer tinted for a better coverage


    Once you have sanded, clean with TSP, then rinse and dry thoroughly,

    Apply your primer coat, let it dry according to the instructions

    Once the primer coat is dry, apply your paint coat, I would apply 2 or 3 as it will be stronger and thicker

    Once your coats dry, you can apply a matte clear coat, either by spray or roll on, keep a small container of it under your sink for touch ups, (I never touched up) I had my counters like this for 12 years, until I could afford new ones.


    I used a few uncolored glass cutting boards for protection. It held up very well. And only costs you the prices of the materials.

    Good luck!