Have you ever had a formica counter that was so ugly it made you go cross-eyed every time you look at it? Did you just want to take a chain saw to it so you would have an excuse to replace it? I have one of those…or should I say… I had one of those! I didn’t want to spend the money to replace it when it was completely functional. I just wanted it to look better so I decided to give her a bit of a facelift!
Here’s the before: (after sanding)
Then I primed with three coats of Zinsser water based primer: (sanded in between coats of primer)
Then I used acrylic craft paint from Michael’s and Hobby Lobby: (with a sponge)
Here’s the finished counter:
I am really pleased with the end result!
OMG! So much better! Now I can actually look at it without wanting to claw my eyes out!
So here’s the breakdown:
1. Sand the surface to prep it for priming. This will help the primer adhere to the surface better.
2. Prime with at least two coats of primer. I used three coats and I let it dry twenty-four hours in between each coat. I also sanded in between each coat then wiped with a damp cloth to remove any debris.
3. Use a natural sponge to dab on acrylic craft paint. Make sure to clear extra paint off the sponge before dabbing on to the counter. You want to work as dry as possible. This will prevent big globs of paint turning into a gooey mess.
4. All of the instructional videos that I looked at suggested to work with the paint wet to blend colors. I chose to let my paint dry a bit in between so there was some definition of the colors. I was afraid they would blend too much and become “muddy”. Pick your Poison!
5. I layered seven different colors of acrylic paint until I got the desired coverage. Black, Dark Brown, Light Brown, Grey, Pearl, Gold, and Copper. I found a picture of a piece of granite online and used the same colors. It doesn’t look exactly the same but it’s close.
6. Sand lightly. I sanded after layering a couple of colors and after I got the desired color just to give it a smooth finish.
7. Polycrylic over the final coat. I’m sure you could use another type of top coat if you wanted. I just chose Polycrylic. I used five coats of polycrylic and let each coat dry for twenty-four hours in between. I wanted to prevent it from peeling up.
8. Let finished countertop dry completely before putting anything on it. I let mine dry for one week. I was so impatient! This will let the topcoat dry and harden which should prevent scratches and nicking of the finish.
This particular countertop is not going to come into contact with water like a kitchen countertop would. I may have used oil based primer if it were a kitchen countertop and I may have used a different topcoat as well.
I hope this was informative and I would love to hear some feedback! If you’ve painted a formica countertop I’d love to see how it turned out! Feel free to send me some pics!