How to Paint Kitchen Countertops

I spend so much time in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning over and over again. I want to feel happy and excited when I enter my kitchen but I just never get that feeling. So, it is time to do something about that!

We don’t plan on staying in this house forever (you know, because we are packed in here like sardines) but we don’t want to throw a ton of money into it just to do that all over again at a new house. Who would?

Painted Countertops

This is my finished countertop.


This is what I started with ( I know, its depressing).


        Materials Needed:

  • Very ugly countertop
  • Sander/ sander paper
  • A good primer ( I used Glidden Gripper Primer)
  • Acrylic paint in about 5 colors( I got 2 of each color and it was just enough for the whole kitchen)
  • Polycrylic
  • Paint brush/ roller and sponges
  • Waterproof caulk


Start with a clean countertop and then sand really well to to dull the surface. Clean off any dust from sanding.

Apply 1 coat of primer.

Let dry and then apply another until you have full coverage.


Start by wetting your sponge a very little bit (squeeze out excess) then dab on one color at a time. I started with the lightest colors first then moved up to the darkest. Do not try to apply in a pattern, the more random the better. Just have fun with it!


I used 5 different sponges but you can use the same one and wash it out between colors.


Echo is always my little helper especially while Wyatt is at school. We worked on one section at a time so the paint didn’t dry up.


For the cracks and other places that the sponge couldn’t reach I cut off a tiny little piece of sponge and applied paint with that.


When you have applied all of your colors, if you think it is not blended enough try going back over with the lighter 2 colors. That really helps to blend it all together.

Let everything dry! Then apply 4 coats of polycrylic (let dry between each one). Follow the dry times on the container. Apply caulking around the edges of the sink.

I would wait about a week before putting anything heavy on it, just to make sure it has time to cure.

That is what it looks like all done.


Look at those adorable faces from a couple years ago! I definitely miss my babies being that small but I will never miss those countertops.


Tomorrow I will revile the kitchen before and after.



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  • Marilyn Lesniak
    January 27, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    I need to work on my kitchen too. I look forward to your next installment. Thanks for linking up at #overthemoon! I hope to see you also at #thursdayfavoritethings.

    • Ashley Brown
      January 27, 2016 at 11:52 AM

      Thank you.

  • lela
    February 1, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    The counters look great! You did a really good job and it’s such an improvement! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday.

    • Ashley Brown
      February 1, 2016 at 10:45 PM

      Thank you 🙂

  • apreil
    May 7, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    can this be cut on ,washed, will it get damaged

  • apreil
    May 7, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    will this counter top be ok to cut on wash etc…

    • Ashley Brown
      May 7, 2016 at 3:57 PM

      I wash the countertop and use mild cleaning products. I do not cut on it like I wouldn’t cut on a laminate countertop. It will scratch like anything else but it will hold up if you take care of it and maybe every year or so add another layer of polycrylic just to seal up any scratches. I set hot dishes (not pots and pans) and heavy appliances and it is just fine.

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