My kitchen countertops need a good refinishing. They are made of laminated material, and through the years of wear the pattern has become worn. Can I paint them? --CaroleQuestion:
Yes, you can make over your countertops. Here's how:
- Start by cleaning your surface well.
- Coat the surface with a nonporous paint called Kilz or Bin, and let dry overnight. Now you have a blank canvas to start again.
- With ordinary house paint in three subtle colors (beige, dark beige and white; sage, pale green and cream; or any colors you want), you can marbleize or sponge your surfaces with colors that will blend into your room's palette.
- Let dry overnight.
- Coat with nonyellowing polyurethane. Let dry.
- Then add an additional four coats (dries in about 45 minutes). After the first coat, lightly sand to re-tooth the surface with just the weight of your hand, wipe clean and continue your additional coats of poly.
There are a variety of ways to sponge and marbleize, depicted in hundreds of craft books, if that's what you choose to do. Find a look you think you can achieve.Answer: