How To Paint Laminate Countertops To Look Like Stone

  • Sanding Sponge 
  • Rag
  • Paper towels 
  • Painters tape 
  • Drop cloth 
  • Primer 
  • Craft paint (I used black, metallic white, metallic gold, and maroon) 
  • 2 small paint foam roller
  • Small paint synthetic roller  
  • Paint tray 
  • Gloves 
  • Paper plates 
  • 3-4 artist sponges 
  • Finishing sponge 
  • Angled paint brush 
  • Foam paint brush 
  • Minwax Polycrylic  
  • Artistic ability, I guess. 
I really wanted to paint this orange countertop a different color, but I didn't want to pay $70-$100 for one of the kits on the market. So I recreated the look with primer, craft paint, and sponges. It was pretty painless. The end result isn't perfect, but I like it. I had a lot of the materials already on hand. After I bought craft paint, sponges, and polycrylic, this project ended up costing about $30.

Step 1:  Sand laminate surface gently with sanding sponge.  

Man hands, am I right? 

The purpose of sanding the surface is so the primer will have something to grip. Don't skip this step.

Step 2: Wipe away dust with wet rag. 

After you have wiped away the dust, dry with a paper towel. Make sure you get in all the corners and crevices.

Step 4: Tape edges and use drop cloth to protect the floor, if needed. 

Taping is probably my least favorite thing to do, and I often skip this step and just try to be "careful." Don't skip this step! Once you start painting, it is messy. Keep the mess contained.

Step 5: Prime the surface using a small foam roller and foam brush. 

This step doesn't need to look pretty. You just need to make sure you fully cover the surface. Cover as much of the surface as you can with the foam roller, and use the foam brush to reach into the corners and edges.

Allow to dry for at least one hour, then apply a second coat, using this same method.

Countertop after one coat of primer. 

Step 6: Grab your black craft paint and paint the entire surface black using a small foam roller and foam brush. 

Black is going to be your base coat. You can also just used a black primer and save a step. I didn't do this because I used some white primer I already had on hand. And black craft paint is super cheap.

Step 7: Add metallic white with artist sponge 

I used metallic white first. Put some paint on a paper plate. Take your artist sponge and dip into the paint, then blot it a couple times on the plate before you apply it to the countertop (to prevent a big blob from going on your countertop). Lightly dab in a random pattern all over the countertop.

It will look something like this and you will probably be thinking, "I've made a huge mistake." Don't worry. It won't look like this for long. 

Step 8: Add more black to tone down the white 

Use the same method in previous step and apply more black and tone down the white. Do this until you are satisfied with the look.

Step 9: Add subtle accent colors for warmth (I did gold and maroon) 

I wanted to make my countertop look a little warmer than just the black and white, so I added some gold and maroon. Using an artist sponge, dab lightly in random spots, but not as much as you did with the white. I actually went a little nuts with the maroon (eek). I would advise, less is more.

Step 10: Add more black with a finishing sponge. 

I added too much red and gold and it really needed to be toned down. I took a finishing sponge and ripped it in half, applied black paint, and dabbed over the entire countertop until the colors became more subtle.

Step 11: Seal with Minwax Polycrylic 

After the paint has fully dried, apply polycrylic to seal the surface. Definitely do not skip this step. If you don't seal it, your paint will start chipping off in about five seconds. I applied using a small synthetic roller and an angled brush for the edges and corners. I applied 6 coats. Polycrylic dries very quickly, so you can apply several coats in an hour.

I did notice that the roller did create some air bubbles in the surface. At first it bothered me, but once it was dry, it gave the surface an added texture that made it feel more like real stone. So I'm fine with it.

I initially used a foam roller to apply the polycrylic (pictured), but then I switched to a synthetic roller and liked the result much better.

Step 12: Admire your new faux stone countertops 

Okay, so they aren't perfect, but they are an improvement over the 70's orange color. I like the hints of red and gold, and you can see the texture of the polycrylic air bubbles too. I'm pretty happy with the finished product.

Here's a picture of the whole countertop.

P.S. Did you notice the cabinet hardware changed? I did a cabinet makeover at the same time I painted the countertop. I'll be posting about that in the near future, so stay tuned.


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