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Can I Paint A Kitchen Countertop? Everything You Need To Know For DIY

25 March 2024

Kitchen Worktop

Thinking of giving your kitchen a fresh, new look without breaking the bank? Painting your kitchen countertops might be the answer you’re looking for. But before you grab that paintbrush, take a look below to find out what you need.

Benefits of Painting Countertops

Painting your kitchen counters can transform your space on a budget. It allows for a creative, custom look, whether you’re after a sleek, smooth finish or something more unique. Plus, it’s a great weekend project that can make a significant impact without the need for a complete remodel.

Reasons Not to Paint a Countertop

However, painting countertops isn’t for everyone. The entire surface needs to be properly prepped to avoid chipping and peeling. Plus, not all materials paint well. Laminate countertops, for example, can be painted, but natural stones like marble or granite might not take to paint as well. Also, paint isn’t as durable as the original material, and painted surfaces may require more upkeep.

The Best Paint for Countertops

When choosing the type of paint, go for something specifically designed for countertop surface use. Kitchen countertop paint kits often come with everything you need for a smooth finish. Look for heat-resistant and food-safe options if available, as this will make sure your paint can withstand the daily use of your kitchen.

How Much Paint Do I Need For My Kitchen Countertop?

To determine how much paint you’ll need, measure your countertop’s square footage (length x width). Keep in mind that you will need multiple layers of paint to get a flaw-free finish. It’s always better to have a little extra than not enough, so round up if you’re not 100% sure about the right amount.

Painting Different Countertop Types

Laminate counters are the most commonly painted kitchen worktops. But with the right prep, you can also paint wood countertops and butcher block surfaces. Materials like granite or marble, however, are not ideal for painting due to their porous nature and the risk of peeling.

How to Paint Countertops

The Tools You’ll Need

Gather your supplies: a paint tray, paint brush and paint rollers for flat surfaces are a must. Foam rollers are popular as they leave a smooth finish with no visible paint brush marks. You’ll also need medium-grit sandpaper or a sanding block, a palm sander for larger areas, and kitchen cleaner for prep.

Choose the Right Paint

Opt for countertop paint kits or a base colour of white paint for a clean, fresh look. Make sure your paint is heat resistant and suitable for food-contact surfaces, with no harsh chemicals.

Prepare the Surface

Clean your countertop surface thoroughly with a good kitchen cleaner. Then, sand the entire surface with medium-grit sandpaper to create a smooth finish that the paint can adhere to. Make sure you have proper ventilation during this step by opening a window.

Coat with Primer

Apply a primer designed for your countertop’s material. This will help the coats of paint stick better and last longer. Let the primer dry completely before moving on.

Apply Paint

Using your foam roller for a smooth finish, apply the coat of paint evenly across the entire surface. You might need multiple layers of paint, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly before applying the next.

Seal with a Top Coat or Resin

Finally, apply a resin or other type of topcoat for durability and protection. This step is really important for a long-lasting finish. Make sure you give plenty of time for the topcoat to cure, as per the product’s instructions, before using your newly painted countertop.

Upgrade your Kitchen Countertop With Melrosa

Want to upgrade you kitchen with a touch more luxury? Look no further than Melrosa. There’s something truly special about the luxury and elegance that natural stone worktops bring to a kitchen.
Each installation we undertake is completely unique and tailored to your individual style and space requirements. Our years of expertise and dedicated craftsmanship ensure that we bring you not just a countertop but a combination of practicality and timeless style that elevates your kitchen to a space of enduring beauty.

Whether you’re looking for the natural beauty of marble, the durability of granite, or the sleekness of quartz, Melrosa is here to transform your kitchen into a masterpiece.

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