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Amazing DIY Kitchen Countertop Makeovers

DIY countertop makeover Painted countertops

Welcome back friends! A few posts back I shared some late summer home improvement goals which included plans for updating the kitchen. The main priority of the kitchen update centers around painting or resurfacing the kitchen countertops. I keep changing my mind about want I want to do, so today I thought I would share a round up of DIY kitchen counter top makeover ideas for inspiration. These makeovers are absolutely amazing!


Faux Marble or Granite Kits



I wasn’t even considering faux marble until I came across this post at Raising A Farmhouse. You simply have to see how Summer transformed her kitchen using an epoxy kit! I will have to admit it seems like more work than I want to do, but I am really interested now, especially after seeing how real they look and how inexpensive the kits are in comparison to new countertops. The job is really messy, so surface protection would be very important since the epoxy drips. My husband is an amazing artist and I think he could really get the look of marble down with the swirls. I am sensitive to chemicals so he would have to do this project anyway, but if he is willing to try, then we may end up with some “marble” countertops!


Affordable countertop makeover. Paint that looks like granite! Endless application possibilities. #DIY Countertop Paint!


There are also many products on the market for achieving a granite look. I would be more interested in one of the lighter, neutral colors.


Kitchen update on a budget! Paint that looks like granite and one-day cabinet makeover. #DIY Countertop Paint!



DIY Concrete Overlay Countertops

Concrete countertops are extremely popular in fixer upper and modern farmhouse style kitchens. They are very stylish, but can be a quite heavy to install and of course they are more expensive than simply painting or resurfacing existing countertops.


Beautiful farmhouse style kitchen at Magnolia Market. 5 Things to Know before you visit Magnolia Market


Nevertheless there are some easy ways to DIY concrete countertops using concrete overlay right over top of existing countertops.


Cement Countertops with Ardex White Cement

Concrete Countertop Overlay via Creatively Living


DIY concrete countertop for less than $100-- if I buy a house with a Formica counter one day, I'm doing this!

DIY Concrete Countertop Makeover via A Beautiful Mess


Jazz up crappy laminate countertops by sanding and coating with Ardex Feather Finish cement - need about $100 and lots of elbow grease. I need my own house, damnit.


Spray Painted Countertops

Last summer I came across a few spray painted countertops on Pinterest. I wanted to try  the technique on an extra piece of our old laminate formica counter that we removed from the kitchen to make space for a breakfast nook.  I am a terrible spray painter and have problems with fumes, so my husband sprayed the sample piece. It turned out great! Most of the tutorials suggest spray painting indoors which would require completely sealing off the kitchen and covering up the counters, floors, and appliances using plastic and tape. However, with my autoimmune issues and sensitivity to chemicals we will not be able to do that. We would have tear out the countertops  move them outside to spray paint, which is really the only reason we haven’t spray painted them since the makeover would be easy and inexpensive otherwise, and the sample piece looked so good.


Spray Painting Laminate Counters for a Stone Look • AD Aesthetic



If you decide to try this project and spray paint indoors,  you should certainly invest in high quality plastic and tape from a company which specializes in surface protection such as Trimaco.


Spray painting laminate counters to look like stone. These homeowners have had it for almost a decade and the paint is holding up.


Rust-Oleum American Accents Stone Textured Spray Paint Vases Pots Arts Crafts

For our sample we chose the dark gray stone effects spray paint from Rustoleum which gave the countertop the look of stone or corian. After it dried my husband used a matte sealer which made it look even more realistic. Since it is going to be such a hassle to remove the countertops and take them outside, we probably won’t spray paint the kitchen counters. I am considering spray painting our bathroom sink counter which wouldn’t be too much to remove and take outside.


DIY Faux Soapstone or Slate Painted Countertops

Make your counters look like stone with this DIY Countertop Makeover. DIY Countertop Ideas | DIY Countertop Redo | DIY Countertop Paint

How To Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Faux Stone ~ Rain on a Tin Roof

As of right now I am leaning toward this simple and stylish faux slate technique which involves ripping the laminate off the top of our existing countertops and painting straight onto the wood underneath.


NO WAY! So easy and you may even have the supplies laying around your house! How to make Laminate Countertops look like Faux Stone for only $15

This is the most non-toxic of all the choices and the cheapest I have come across. The paint dries fast and with an appropriate sealer it should hold up for another year or two before we get new countertops.


Chalkboard paint on counter, sanded and finished with paste wax. Durable, and resembles soapstone

This “slate” countertop is actually just chalkboard paint sealed with paste wax! Love it!


arched glass front cabinets + soapstone countertops

via BHG

I love the look of real soapstone counters with bright white cabinetry. If we do the faux stone counter look I will definitely by painting my creamy cabinets a few shades lighter.


Painted Countertop Tips and Techniques

Here are some other ideas and tips for DIY painted countertop makeovers:

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If you are thinking of painting countertops in the future, learn from other DIYers mistakes. Get a beautiful new countertop now!




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Well dear readers, I really think I am ready to try out a DIY painted countertop makeover using one of the faux slate or soapstone techniques. I would love to get the kitchen spruced up before fall. Of course I really love that faux marble too! Which of these DIY painted countertops do you like? Have you ever tried painting countertops? I love hearing from you!

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  • Reply Julie Briones

    I absolutely love this post! Great ideas and wonderful tips! Being a renter, I wouldn’t, necessarily, be able to use these… but I *do* have something in the works for my counters that is not listed here! 😉 (More of a temporary fix!) Thanks for sharing, Amber… Pinned!

    August 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh Julie I can’t wait to see! I am not sure if any of these will work now after talking it over with my husband. I might need to try the contact paper that is supposed to look like granite or maybe just chalk paint them. They aren’t that bad, I could also just live with them and save the time, stress and money!

      August 4, 2018 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply Ola

    These are some amazing transformations! I’ll be checking out the epoxy treatment for sure. (amazememonday)

    August 8, 2018 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Marty Oravetz

    I really look forward to see what you do. I know it will be fabulous.

    August 9, 2018 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Jann Olson

    WOW! So many fabulous options. No wonder you’re having a hard time deciding! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    August 9, 2018 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Sue

    I definitely love our new stone kitchen bench tops, the light colour together with off-white cupboard doors has lifted the overall feel of our kitchen immensely. I love the smooth feel of stone too. Great ideas here!

    August 9, 2018 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply sizzlesue15

    This looks great and your post is timely as we are looking to renovate our kitchen benchtops. I’ll be sure to show my husband as this is a good alternative and inexpensive as well. Visiting from #BloggersPitStop

    August 9, 2018 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Amrita

    This sounds very interesting.I am excited to.try the Diy marble one.#Bloggerspitstop

    August 10, 2018 at 12:19 am
  • Reply Gail

    I spray painted my countertops with Rustoleum American Accents. They looked beautiful and I put a triple thick polyurethane on them to smooth and protect. However, this didn’t last. When the countertops got wet, the paint peeled off. It looks horrible. Yes, I did clean the countertops well prior to painting. I have bought Beyond Paint sealer to try to repaint and save all the work I put into these countertops.

    July 22, 2022 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I am so glad you commented on this post because I was just getting ready to do this to some formica cabinets for my shed. I would love to know how your Beyond Paint sealer repair goes.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      July 22, 2022 at 10:32 pm

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