How do I cover a stained Formica counter top?

by Dale

40 year old bathroom Formica counter top. Bleached and stained from various cleaning products and bleach over 40 years. I would like to paint it. Is this feasible and if so, how and with what?

  5 answers
  • William William on Jan 02, 2019

    Rustoleum, Diach, or Giani countertop paint kits.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jan 02, 2019

    You can get inexpensive granite or marble or quartz counter tops that are only about 1/4 inch thick (so much cheaper than built in ones) and they fit right over the formica counters! You can see them at most home improvement stores. They look great and are real granite, marble, or quartz, just much cheaper. Most places have catalogs to order the color you want if you do not see what color you want, Dale. Hope this helps. We are going to do this as someone "cut" my formica counter top. Hope to save and do it in the near future.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 02, 2019

    Hi Dale! There are kits available, but, after painting a counter in the past, I would think it might be cheaper in the long run to replace the counter. Custom countertops are available at most places like Home Depot and Lowe's at reasonable prices.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 02, 2019

    Hi Dale, you can paint it a nice grey color or buy a kit to make it look like stone, I painted mine and it lasted 12 years till I got new counters here is my instruction I received from a very friendly worker in the paint section, ask your dealer what is the best paint to use on the formica, have them tint the primer the same color

    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, them 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 matter clear coat, either by spry or roll on, keep a small container of it under your sink for touch ups, 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!

    I also include a link to the kit that makes it look like stone

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jan 05, 2019

    I painted my own faux granite finish over many feet of formica kitchen counters. Use a GREAT all surface base coat (got mine from Sherwin Williams oops pile). The base color didn't show after I used my preferred colors of "granite" - it's just for excellent bonding. I used latex paints I already had or you can get $4 sample colors. Apply colors with sponges and seal with 4-6 coats clear drying poly. The finish lasted without chips or cracking for years!