DIY Countertops

DIY Countertops – Don’t Remove; Renew

Countertops are among the most often complained about items in the average kitchen today. They are also quite costly to replace—especially if you have your eyes on high-end materials such as granite, marble, or even quartz, which is a fairly mid-price countertop material. But there are options available that will give your countertops a completely new look without the hefty price tag. Here are a few you might want to consider for your next kitchen DIY project.

Countertop Painting Kits


If you only count the upfront costs, this is one of the least expensive methods you can employ to make your old and dated countertops look shiny and new. While it was once impossible to really paint existing countertops, technology has changed for paints and what was once out of the question is now decidedly possible.

The drawback is that this is the process that takes the most time. It can take up to two days for the painting and then an additional day is needed in order for the paint to cure. So, if you value your time as money, this might not be as cost effective as some of the other options. However, if you have more disposable time than money on your hands this is a definite winner. Kits range in price from $75 to around $300 and still beat out the prices for most other options.

Tile over Existing Countertop


Tile is an amazing way to use your existing countertops as the backdrop for your new and exciting countertop. This is a fairly labor intensive project but it the rewards are even more obvious than if you simply paint over the countertop because it actually looks like a completely new countertop.

You can choose from a wide range of colors and materials when it comes to countertop tiles though the most common are ceramic tiles and granite tiles. You can even find metal tiles, bamboo tiles, and marble tiles if that’s what you prefer. The point is that you don’t have to get rid of your existing countertop to enjoy a look and feel that’s all new to you. Just cover it up with tiles.

Granite Overlay


A granite overlay is much thinner than traditional granite slabs and much more cost effective. If you’re primary concern is the look of the countertop and nothing less than granite will do, this is the best option. It’s also the most expensive, on average, of the DIY countertop options. It is still considerably less than a granite slab plus installation will cost.

Don’t think you have to get rid of your countertops in order to have a new look for your kitchen. Nothing could be further from the truth. Any of these options will give your kitchen a completely new look that you can enjoy for a long time to come.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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