If you want a new plastic laminate surface you can simply reface the top. If you like you could cover the existing counter with some kind of tile, but this would be more costly. Next, you’ll have to cut off the rounded nosing and the backsplash. By the way, granite countertops, which are popular but expensive, can be easily imitated with the new granite-looking plastic laminates. Is there something we can put over the existing countertop instead of removing it?

Plastic laminate countertops are exceedingly popular and relatively inexpensive to replace compared to just about everything else on the market.

However, the truth is that it is just as cheap to replace plastic laminate as it is to reface it. To tile the existing surface you must first remove the sink and any other adjacent appliances. Once this is accomplished you can recover the surface and back wall with just about anything your heart desires.

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It’s sturdy and full of character, but we bought it knowing we would be doing some updates to it.


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It will make your week a bit of a pain, just stock up on easy meals and prepare to use your bathroom sink for a few days. If you are less than that, this kit will be perfect for you. If you are new to using a putty knife, you can still complete this project. Let it dry until it is dry to the touch, and turns a chalky-white color. Then, add the second coat (as thin as the first) and let it dry overnight. Make it as thin as you possibly can while getting full coverage. It’s part of what makes concrete countertops so fun, but be sure that you are not letting any drips dry. Be sure to lightly sand in between coats, try to make it as smooth as possible. The sealer is as sticky as pine sap, and you will need acetone to get it off your hands. If you get a thin, thorough coat, you won’t need to worry too much about bubbles. Stay tuned for the giveaway, coming up later this week!

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Don’t tape it flush, give yourself a bit of room because the product will have a thickness. Not only do you want to be thorough in getting your entire surface covered (those edges are tricky), you want to be comfortable using your tools. The edges are super tricky and can eat up the product, so make sure you are spreading it as thin as possible, even on the edges, to ensure you have enough. It was a humid week here, so our drying times were prolonged. The whole thing will be rough, you just want to knock down peaks and big marks so you don’t use a ton of concrete filling them in. It’s easy to sand all the way down to your laminate!

Today you will add 3 coats of colored concrete to your countertops. The concrete dries out quickly and can become too thick to work. Also, be aware that your putty knife marks will be in the finished color.

You can sand it down, but you will always have the round drip mark in the concrete, so keep that in mind. It took us a few extra days to work this step, simply because it took a while for the coats to dry in the humid weather, and because my kids need me during the day. The second coat is really the one you should try to make perfect.

If your foam roller is sliding around, you have too much, and you need to spread it out further. Start with less than you think, you can add more if you need to.

You still want to back-roll the roller, but the thin coat will dry nicely. Even though your counter may feel dry to the touch, it still needs to completely cure. After that, you will need to wait a few more days before you can use your counters normally, about a week total. They are a ton of work, but definitely worth it because they are so incredibly inexpensive. Thank you for sharing all the details and your experience!

The laminate is still in great condition, it just doesn’t match what we wanted in the room. The epoxy is supposed to run and drip, so you need to be very careful when prepping the area. The epoxy self-levels and in the process it drips down the front and the side. While the black is still wet you start adding your accent colors.



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I was going for a “river” of color, with just small touches of the colors mixed into the main black area. As you can see the color starts to drip over the edges, causing a waterfall effect. What type of paint did you use to mix with the epoxy?

I would love to try doing this technique to our kitchen countertops.

You keep the torch in constant back and forth motion. I want to do mine too but will try my first attempt on my sons bathroom counter. A secret to drying epoxy resin faster is fill two pots with water n put thrm on stove to boil. Then take out of waterr n pour in separate cups the amount of each to use.



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After u pour it on countertop take a torch and tap it to epoxy and u will see bubbles popping.

We have already removed the drawer fronts and doors for painting. It is very important to protect the floors and the front of the cabinet. I used a notched trowel to spread the epoxy on the horizontal surfaces and then used a paintbrush on the vertical surfaces. I just kept the majority of the color in one band, and drizzled a little bit in the other areas. I then used a torch to remove the bubbles in the epoxy and to move the color around even more. Here is the finished countertop with the sink reinstalled and the new faucet. I used a crosshatch brush pattern to make it look like brushed aluminum. What type of paint did you use to mix with epoxy and at what ratio paint to epoxy?

You mentioned that you used a torch to eliminate the bubbles in the epoxy and to move the color around. Did you use the epoxy gorilla glue to paint the black main color?

I know sometimes things get put in there without you knowing. Epoxy covers a wide range of products from small tubes of glue to gallon sized containers of what you used. Also you only stated the colors you used not the actual product. It would be helpful to know how much spray paint and how much unicorn spit and how much epoxy. Do you have any suggestions as to how to do this project in white epoxy with grey and silver streaks?

Also do you think this would hold up with kitchen wear and tear and water slashes!



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I know you mentioned you were going to do your kitchen next!

The granite look is easy when u paint a base color solid first on countertop then take a sea fosm sponge n dip in different colors first start blotting the countertop with your choice of color then the next color then finally the last color. Add clear epoxy over top after u have it looking as u want and have let dry over ight. When thdy boil place the whole bottle of epoxy with the lids on one bottle in each pot for about 5 min to heat up both bottles. Mixes easier too so mix together n stir with popsicle stick. It will surface bubbles and get rid of them and help it dry faster. I mixed more and used a chopstick dipped in the goo and drizzled over the crack to fill it in. And it gets a tough workout with a teenage daughter and all of her make-up and hair appliances, ha, ha. On the other hand, the cabinet fronts will never again be restorable. Epoxy works best when poured on horizontal surfaces that are perfectly level, so you would need to remove the doors.

You would probably want to fill in the grout lines lines first.

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I love the back splash and how all the colors come together.Reason for this is that there’s less wear and tear in this area and it’s easier to hide your tile cuts ( less conspicuous). If you don’t do this your grout is porous and you’ll have foods, liquids, etc. The tile is 3/4″ thick so you want it to stick out 3/4″ from the counter. I marked the cut lines with a chalk marker and slowly did my cuts.

We have just recently tiled our countertop with marble as well.

You have to do it in stages, and deal with drying times, but worth it imo. It works fairly well, but you do have to be slow in application and patient patient patient with drying times. I see these beautiful kitchen counters with marble and mine looks like a nightmare. Marble countertops are about as classic and luxurious as it gets in my eyes.

You always start tiling front to back, so that the larger pieces are seen as complete and your cuts are to the back (near your wall).

You also want to be certain that you use a waterproof sealant over all your grout lines, anytime you do tiling of any sort in a kitchen, bathroom, or even a laundry room. Also sealing the grout lines is always essential when tiling. As long as your patient and your blade isn’t dull you can do this.

We have not yet edged it, but are going to use natural wood molding. And, um, right, it looks nowhere near as gorgeous as this!

In fact you don’t want to set any thing particularly hot directly on marble. That way we didn’t have to buy as many so we could keep the cost down. Chris is correct, the tile comes in a mess 12×12 sheet that makes installation super simple. Apparently no one had ever sealed the marble though and it looks absolutely horrible. Absolutely every thing that has ever touched it leaves ugly marks and there is no shine left – just rings and dull spots.

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You can install laminate over most existing surfaces as long as they are solid, clean and free of any gloss or shine that will prevent proper adhesion of the laminate. Measure each section of the countertop where you’re going to put laminate. Set the large top piece of laminate on the rods and get it correctly positioned, with the factory edge up against the wall and the other sides overhanging the edge. The laminate comes in thin, rigid sheets that you secure to a countertop frame using contact cement. Transfer the dimensions to your laminate sheets, adding an inch all around to each section. For the back edge of the top piece of laminate, and any other part that will butt against a wall, don’t leave an overhang. Hold the laminate piece for the vertical front edge in front of the section where it’s going, lining it up without letting it touch, with an inch overhang all around. Lay dowel rods on the countertop, facing forward, about a foot apart. Pull the dowel rods forward and out, and press the laminate down.

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