A year and a half ago, I had the crazy idea of staining our laminate kitchen countertops. You can read the tutorial on how I made our laminate countertops look like wood by clicking here. It is still my most popular post to date and I think it got such an overwhelming response because a lot of people can’t afford to replace their laminate countertops and are trying to find ways to give them an inexpensive update, and also because I could not find anyone else that attemped this project back in 2016.
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For this makeover, I used a product called Stainable Primer. This is a primer that has wood particles in it and is stainable. You can virtually transform ANY hard material into a stainable wood surface. I decided to experiment with our laminate kitchen countertops and I am so glad I did!
Here is how our countertops looked like before the makeover… I think the most important tip I would give someone who would like to give this project a try is to sand the laminate countertops really well before priming them.
Here are the countertops after two coats of stainable primer and a wood grain pattern over the second coat. I used this wood graining tool to make the wood grain pattern.
A close-up picture of the wood grain pattern…
Before I show you how our stained countertops look today, I would like to mention two things I would do differently:
- I would remove the backsplash strip for a more updated look.
- I would wipe off the excess stain after applying the second coat instead of letting it sit. I was looking for a richer brown color and after I applied the second coat, I noticed that it did not darken the color that much so I let it sit until it dried completely a week later. It is never a good idea to let stain sit and the end result ended up being darker than what I was initially hoping for.
And now, some pictures of our stained countertops that I took recently…
Back in 2016, I had serious doubts that our newly stained countertops would be able to withstand the wear and tear (sometimes beating) that they receive on a daily basis, but after 1 year and a half, I am happy to report that our stained countertops have held up amazingly well with only a few minor chips. One thing we have been careful with is to not let water sit on our countertops. We wipe any water or spills right away. We never chopped any food or put hot pots or pans directly on our laminate countertops before this makeover and we are still not doing that now.
I continue to dream of having brand new countertops one day, but for now, this is the next best thing. The amazing part is that the total cost for this project was only $76.98!!! I hope this inspires you to take a risk and try something new in your own home. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you might have about this project in the comment box below.
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