Updating counter tops
But owners are divided on the trend’s longevity, not to mention the upkeep.
A survey on “The Kitchn” yielded responses ranging from “I do kind of hate them” to complaints about maintenance to “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”So are they for you?
“You can’t tell the difference until you touch it,” says Meredith Barclay, a countertops merchant for Home Depot.
Try Formica, which makes several elegant granite-esque patterns that cost around for a 96-inch-long sheet, giving you the look of Calacatta marble for much, much less.
I first heard that painting laminate countertops possible after reading this post from Brooklyn Limestone. But much to my surprise, this particular countertop paint product wasn’t 0; it was more like . The paint seemed pretty thin as I ran through it with the foam roller (picked for “smooth finish” promises on the packaging), but as I applied it to the countertop, I found the coverage to be quite thick.
I figured if I’m replacing the countertops anyway, it wouldn’t be so bad if I experimented a little and tried out this paint as a temporary No, I didn’t go crazy with the color, but I did use this painting project as an opportunity to figure out how light I would like the countertop to be. Here’s how it looked after my first coat: As you can see in the pic, I wasn’t exactly trying to color in between the lines; I just slapped on where I saw fit.
Ugly Countertop Syndrome may be common, but it’s far from incurable.
Can’t figure out why your kitchen appears outdated? It could be your countertop, the centerpiece of your kitchen and a key focal point of your entire home.Or try Wilsonart’s textured, glossy sheets — perfect for creating your dream all-white kitchen without breaking the bank.Or, try something bold — like the glossy red kitchen countertops Cincinnati homeowner Suzanne Prince Quinn and her husband installed.“It was bright-looking and sleek,” Quinn says.I wasn’t trying to hard to make things perfect or protect anything except the floors or appliances.I got too close to the stove only once, and found that if I wiped it up quickly enough, a damp paper towel took care of it fairly well. I kept the windows open all night despite the dip in temperatures just so the fumes wouldn’t be hanging out in the house while I got ready for work the next day. This was taken at night just before I went to bed, so I’ll try later this week to give you a better “after” shot so you can see the color and finish a little better.
For Quinn, laminate countertops have another benefit: Instead of being committed to granite or quartz for decades, she can change up her kitchen on a whim.“If we’d spent a ton of money on granite or anything else, we would feel like we probably shouldn’t change it,” Quinn says.