How to Paint Countertops

countertops Painting countertops is a great way to give your kitchen or bathroom an updated look. In this blog post, I will go through the steps for painting your countertops. I will talk about what supplies you need, tips on how to prep the surface before painting, and finally I’ll show you step-by-step instructions on how to paint your own countertop!

What you will need

For painting your countertops you will need:

  • Painter’s tape/masking tape – used to protect the edges of your countertop
  • Drop cloths or plastic sheets – this will protect your floor from getting dirty during the painting process.
  • Painters’ brushes
  • Paint trays & rollers – disposable rollers are highly recommended for use with oil-based paints. You will also need a variety of size paint trays in order to hold the different types of roller covers that you use when painting your countertops.
  • Primer –  used to prepare your countertop for painting, and this will help ensure that the finish coat of paint sticks well. It’s highly recommended that you use a high-quality primer. You can use a latex primer if you don’t wish to buy any oil-based primer.
  • Paint – depending on what color you choose, this will be either solvent-based or water-based latex. Make sure your paint is specified as “countertop” if using oil-based paints.

Cleaning countertops

cleaning-counters Clean your countertops before painting them. Start by wiping them down with a sponge or disposable towel.

It’s very important to remove all of the dirt, grime, and grease that builds upon them over time. This will make your job easier and help prevent any smears from ruining the finish. (If you are painting cabinets, you probably already know how difficult it is to paint over greasy surfaces.)

After scouring them clean with soap and water, rinse everything thoroughly. Let them air dry completely before starting your project. Once they’re bone-dry, give them one final wipe down with rubbing alcohol to freshen up their shine.

Cleaning countertops before painting is very important.
A light coat of oil and build-up from cooking can make painting difficult. Make sure you use soap and water (and elbow grease!) to remove all traces of food/oil before priming or painting your countertops.

A couple of things to note: The best time for your deep clean is at the beginning of the week when you’ve got plenty of time to work on them – preferably at least an hour per surface since this project takes some time.

Make sure your countertops are dry before applying a primer or a paint or they won’t adhere properly and you’ll have to remove the primer.

Applying a primer

primer After you clean your countertops it’s recommended that you use a primer before painting because it will help the paint adhere better.

If your countertops are in good condition, you can use a high gloss acrylic primer or if they’re looking a bit faded/weathered you can use an oil-based primer to seal and protect them. Also, primer helps to hide any imperfections and ensures that your paint will be smooth.

Use a good quality brush and apply the primer in thin, even coats so you have full coverage. You can also use a sprayer to get into smaller areas, but make sure you cover the surrounding area or you’ll ruin them with overspray. Make sure to allow each coat of primer to dry fully before applying another coat (the time varies depending on what you’re using).

Another nice thing about taking the time to do this step is that now if there are nicks, bumps, or scratches they won’t be as noticeable when you add your finish coat of paint and since most people don’t choose their counters based on how they were manufactured, these flaws might be visible through the paint if you avoid using a primer.

Applying paint

How you need to apply paint to your countertops. To do that, make sure you get a nice big brush and cut in around the edges of your countertops.

Try to apply paint as evenly as possible in order to avoid having your countertops look like they’re wearing weird, blotchy makeup.

The paint should dry rather quickly (a few hours to a day), so it’s okay if you can’t apply a whole coat immediately. In fact, you may need to apply two coats because one may seem kind of uneven and doesn’t cover all the flaws and some streaks from the sanding step.

Letting it dry will keep your brush strokes from happening as well as keeping the top layer or primer away from the top of your finish coat.

Okay, so once you’ve done all that, just let the countertops dry completely and then sand them down until they’re super smooth.

Sanding is important because the smoother they are, the less you’ll see those brush marks and imperfections.


Your kitchen is the hub of your home, so it’s important to keep it looking fresh and beautiful. Painting your countertops can be a quick solution that will make them look like new for less than you might think. It’s time! You know you want to do it, but you’ve been putting off painting your countertops. The good news is that if you’re in the process of updating your kitchen or bathroom decor, now is a great time to paint.

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