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How To Paint Granite Counter Tops

Yes! You Can Paint Laminate

Faux Granite Counter Top

Believe it or not, you CAN PAINT laminate counter tops to look like granite!

I know that your kitchen is the most important room in your house and it is also the most expensive room to remodel. When my daughter and her husband moved into their first home they were in their early 20’s and didn’t have the $20,000 budget to remodel tithe kitchen.So we did the next best thing. We used PAINT!

There are a couple of tips to know before you get started……………


Granite Counter Before

Don’t skip the Prep. Seriously, this is the most important step. The first thing you want to do is clean the grease and grime from all the nooks and crannies. Then tape,sand and prime the laminate. And don’t worry about burn marks or chips you won’t be able to see it once your finished.

Base Coat

Granite Counter base


After your done with the prep, paint the base color over the primer with a sponge roller. I used latex paint in black to give it depth but you can use any color you want. Let it dry before going to the next step. I always suggest you make a sample before applying it to the counter top.

The fun step GLAZING!

Granite Counter painted

This is where you create the granite.  The best thing to do is find a piece of granite in the store that you like to use as an example. Mix 4 parts glaze with 1 part latex paint using  2-6 colors.

Dip a damp sea sponge in the paint, then off load the paint onto a paper plate so you don’t get big blobs, then dab it all over the counter top layering one color at a time until you’re satisfied with the results. Let it dry over night

Top Coat


Apply 2-3 coats C500 top coat with a sponge roller.

If you have any question I’d be happy to help. Join my group of artist and Pros on Ask Cheryl Phan on Facebook.

Cheryl Phan


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