Looking to transform the look of your kitchen or bathroom without splashing the cash? These 7 ways to redo your countertops without replacing them work out as quick, cheap, simple, and can be very long lasting if you take care and put the right sealants in place once completed. They’re all very customisable, so hopefully you’ll be inspired!
1. Concrete ‘marble’
This makes getting that sought after marble look super affordable – with this project coming to around £30. Sand your surface, then apply a feather finish product, according to instructions. Apply an even layer or your concrete, leave to dry, then sand with 120 grit sandpaper. Complete another two layers like this, and your look is complete!
Depending on which cement you use and how many layers you apply, you can customise the look of your trendy concrete countertops.
2. Tile Style
Don’t want to splash the cash on an entire countertop? Slash the price by buying tiles and using these to create a similar effect. You’ll want to put a waterproofing membrane on your existing countertop, and an edging trim around your sink. After this, just start tiling!
3. A Coat of Paint
Using sponges of various sizes and different coloured paints, you can achieve a faux-stone look. Use a mix of tones to achieve depth, and be prepared to keep layering on paint until you get to your desired look. Make sure to use a sealant once finished!
4. Penny for your thoughts
Looking for something unique? This mosaic copper penny countertop is sure to make people look twice. Start by shining your pennies with vinegar and salt, letting them sit for a couple of hours, and then it’s time to glue them down. Use wood (or an alternative material) to wrap around the edge of your counter. Once all your pennies are down, use an epoxy to fill in your counter, going back over with a hairdryer and toothpick to pop any bubbles.
5. Chalkboard countertops
Using chalkboard paint not only looks beautiful but is functional too. This is one of the simplest – all you need to create this look is a primer, roller and chalkboard paint. Paint your base coat on, leave to dry, and then go back over with matte chalkboard paint. Make sure your paint is nontoxic and food safe – or you can put a nontoxic coat over your regular paint
6. Make contact
Using contact paper is a great way to cheaply transform your countertops – especially if you’re a renter and can’t make any permanent changes. Clean your countertop thoroughly and allow to dry. You want to position your paper so there are as few seams as possible. Flatten down the paper us a credit card or somethig similar, trim the excess, and then go back over with a sealant. Overlap any seams by around an inch.
7. Stone spray paint
Textured spray paints are designed to make any surface look like stone. Start by sanding your surface, then cover any areas you don’t want painted. Go over your counter with three or four coats of paints, trying to keep each coat even. Cover your paint with poly sealant to protect it, and go back over the edges with caulk to fill in any gaps.
Hopefully these photos helped inspire you to change up your counter top. With very little budget and time, you can drastically change the look of your counters, and by extension, your whole kitchen!