5 DIY Countertop Paint For Refinishing
Originally contributed by Stacey Nash
Stacey has been a freelance writer in the home goods and home improvement industry for more than five years, where she’s researched and tested products ranging from mattresses and bathroom cleaners to vacuums and drills. Her work has appeared on Bobvila.com, theSpruce.com, ChicagoNewsTribune.com, TheNewYorkDailyNews.com, and Greatist.com.
Kitchen remodels come with a high price tag. However, you can save a bundle by painting, resurfacing, or refinishing the existing countertops using a DIY countertop paint or countertop refinishing kit.
These specialty products have been on the market for a few years, and they’re a great option if you need a quick (and cheap) way to spruce up the kitchen. Some aren’t as durable as others, but they’ll definitely change the look of your kitchen and cost far less than the quartz, marble, granite, and even butcher block they mimic.
1. Rock Like It's Natural
Daich Coatings’ SpreadStone Countertop Finishing Kits offer impressive results with a relatively simple application. In this case, relative means there’s a step-by-step process that must be followed. But if you follow it, you’re in for a faux finish that’s close to the real deal.
It leaves behind a semi-gloss finish with a bit of texture. However, how it’s applied affects the final result. If you want an ultra-smooth finish, you can do extra sanding before applying the final coat. Otherwise, expect the surface to feel uneven, kind of like an orange peel.
The kits come in 11 granite-esque finishes, including:
- Bright White
- Iron Stone
- Onyx Fog
- Mantle Stone
- Canyon Gold
- Natural White
- Volcanic Black
Each kit covers roughly 35 square feet, so measure twice to make sure you don’t need two. The paint adheres to laminate and wood, including particleboard, MDF, and plywood. These kits fall in the middle of the price range at $100 to $125. They include everything you need, so no extra tools are required. They’re also low in VOCs, which is a big deal for any product that could potentially come into contact with food and every family member in the house.
2. Rust-Oleum DIY Countertop Paint To The Rescue
Rust-Oleum provides a wide range of painting and refinishing products. Their Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit offers a similar finish to the Daich kit but with higher durability and a slightly higher price. There’s a step-by-step process that includes sanding the counters pre-application and before applying the final coat. The finish looks like stone with a textured finish.
Angela at Simply Beautiful by Angela provides a simple tutorial that includes the fun you will have spreading the chips that add the color variation. A few years down the road, she’s still happy with the results. The only tricky part comes with the topcoat, which you have to get on smoothly or live with roller marks.
One of the perks of the Rust-Oleum kits is the sizes: 30 square feet and 50 square feet. If your kitchen is on the large side, you don’t have to splurge on two full kits! The 30 square foot kit comes in two colors: charcoal and desert sand. The 50 square foot kit comes in charcoal, java stone, onyx, and desert sand. Kits range in price from $150 to $200.
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3. DIY Countertop Paint for Everything
The Giani Counter Paint Kit gets points for the low price and the variety of looks you can achieve with each kit. However, this kit takes an artistic touch. It includes a sponge, rollers, and sandpaper. It’s up to you to dab on the colors in a random pattern, though the instructions help. Consequently, the end look is entirely up to your creative flair.
Gail at My re-Purposed Life worked with the Giani Paint Kit and said, “I LOVE the way it shows off my painted cabinets.” Some DIYers opted to use a separate epoxy topcoat for extra protection from chips and cuts, but if you’re careful, this DIY countertop paint kit should include everything you need.
This paint covers a wide variety of materials, including:
- Primed plastic
- Fireplace mantels
- Cultured tiles
- Real granite
- Real concrete
You can buy a Giani Countertop Paint Kit to achieve any number of countertop looks like butcher block, marble, slate, and granite finishes. While it gets top marks for versatility, ease of use is a little low with this one.
Each kit covers approximately 35 square feet and typically runs between $60 to $80.
4. High Glamour and Gloss Epoxy Kits
If you have a slightly higher budget, between $300 to $400, a Leggari Epoxy Counter Kit can give your kitchen a one-of-a-kind look. These kits are not for the faint of heart. Intermediate to advanced DIYers should be okay. Thankfully, Leggari supplies how-to videos to get you through the process.
If you’re a newbie, you might want to stick with one of the easier kits. Or you can opt to buy the kit and hire a Leggari-certified installer. Not exactly DIY, but still less expensive than replacing the countertops with a natural stone.
The epoxy included in each kit works on:
Here’s the deal with epoxy — you have to work quickly. It’s not an easy material to manage and it gets messy. But when you’re done, your countertops shine with a high gloss. Leggari offers 23 epoxy counter kits with colors varying from vivid blue to more natural mixes of black, white, and brown. They also carry 19 stone kits that are twice as thick as their standard epoxy kit for a more natural, stone-like finish.
5. Concrete Without the Weight
Many people get stuck on how to redo kitchen countertops when there’s a very specific look they like, such as concrete. Direct Colors Countertop Refinishing Kit lets you cover laminate, Formica, wood, or tile with a concrete overlay. However, you get the look of concrete or a natural stone at only $200 to $250 for the entire countertop. An overlay weighs far less than standard concrete counters, and this mix is non-porous, simplifying maintenance.
With these kits, you get to choose the tinted base and two metallic epoxies to create a countertop that is uniquely yours. Your best bet is to try a sample overlay first, which Direct Colors offers, to make sure you get the right colors and practice before taking on the real thing.
These DIY countertop paint kits take time and you must follow a careful step-by-step process. However, you can create countertops that are close in appearance to full concrete and natural stone for a fraction of the price. Plus, a concrete overlay is much more durable than paint-based kits.