How to paint countertops?

Amy Poulton
by Amy Poulton

Hi everyone


I'm looking for an affordable countertop upgrade for my kitchen and guest bathroom.


I'm considering painting my countertops and would love to hear from those who have already tried this.


Can you please share your tips and instructions for successful painted countertops?


I'm also curious to know about the durability of the painted surface over time.


Thank you for sharing your experience!

Painted countertop

  14 answers
  • William William on Jul 17, 2023

    Here are several different ways


    https://www.hometalk.com/search/all?filter=paint%20countertop

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 19, 2023

    Tile or Mosaic over them. Timber top, Recover with Contact? Have new Slip over worktops fitted! I don't reccommend painting!

  • Janice Janice on Jul 20, 2023

    Enter "paint counters" into the search box at the top left corner of Hometalk. You'll find a wide variety of posts that offer many tips on how to best do this and how to info.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 20, 2023

    Hi Amy: Here are a few sites about painting counter tops. Personally, I wouldn't do it as it takes a lot of preparation and, paint chips and scratches and I don't think you'd be happy in the long run. That being said, here are the sites:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5FnMgnQxik


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8SIbb77b_E


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAxclEtjH9A


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrfK2DZOF4Y


    Good luck

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 23, 2023

    The links above are vry helpful but I learned the hard way your prep is key to a good result. Be patient and sand the counters well so the primer/paint has something to grip to. If you don't you risk the chance of the new finish peeling up in places (yeap that happened to me).

    You also need to let the paint or sealer dry overnight at least so it is cured enough to accept an additional coat. I know this seems silly but it does matter.

    If I had done that I wouldn't be redoing my bathroom counter this summer.

  • Hi Amy! You can check out this video for your reference. Hope this helps!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5FnMgnQxik

  • While I haven’t done this personally, Rustoleum has a counter painting kit. I used their Cabinet Transformations kit and it worked really well. As it is still paint, eventually it will wear and might not hold up to consistent water. It’s best to think of it as a temporary fix.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 06, 2023

    Hello Amy, I painted mine years ago. It lasted 10 years, until i could replace it.

    Here's how I did it!


    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 from hot frying pans and pots. It held up very well. And only costs you the prices of the materials.

    Good luck!


    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/paint/furniture/q-yes-42198173

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  • You can buy kits for painting countertops. Check in your local home improvement store.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 10, 2023

    Lots of kits are available to do this, Amazon has them and so do local diy stores.

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 10, 2023

    Hi Amy, hope this helps you. I painted my kitchen countertops because I could not afford to replace them, it lasted 10 years, and was still fine when the old counters were ripped out! Here's how I did it.

    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 from hot frying pans and pots. It held up very well. And only costs you the prices of the materials.

    Good luck!



  • Dee Dee on Nov 10, 2023

    Hi: Diane at In my own style has great tutorial on this. She has paiinted many a counter top. Here is the link https://inmyownstyle.com/painting-kitchen-countertops.html

  • Janice Janice on Nov 10, 2023

    Rustoleum brand has countertop refinishing kits available in various colors. In addition, there are epoxy kits that are long lasting to consider.