5 Ways To Update Countertops Without Removing Them

kitchen-countertop-updatesRedoing your countertops is no small task. Depending on your situation, a complete redo may not be in the books – but that doesn’t mean you have to live with old, outdated countertops. Whether you are living in a rental or looking for ways to keep your reno costs to a minimum, check out these great alternatives to replacing your countertops.

1. Paint It!

Bet you didn’t know that updating your countertops could be as easy as throwing on a coat of paint! The options when it comes to painting your countertop are almost endless – some of them even mimic natural stone. If you’re considering painting your countertops, here are a couple things to keep in mind:

  • Be sure to prime the entire surface with an acrylic primer…. twice! This will ensure the paint sticks to your counter’s surface.
  • Always use satin or semi-gloss paint & primer. The higher the shine, the more protection it offers against scratches and wear.

2. Add Some Shine

Sometimes painting isn’t necessary, and a glossy coat of polyurethane is enough to spruce up your countertops. When applied to a lightly sanded, laminated countertop, polyurethane adds a deep glossy shine to the surface.

3. Granite Overlays

With this option you aren’t replacing your countertop – you’re simply covering it. Granite overlays are installed directly over your existing countertops and offer a couple benefits:

— Cost efficient
— Messy demos are avoided
— Can be installed in a day

It’s important to note that overlays are usually made out of a combination of stone, so if you are looking for the top quality that granite offers, it’s best to replace the countertops completely.

4. Cover It!

This may sound awfully simple, but if you’re working with a minimal amount of counter space in your rental apartment, sometimes the simplest solution is to cover it up. A large cutting board can offer both beauty and function to your kitchen.

5. Concrete Overlay

Covering your current countertop with a thin layer of concrete is an excellent way to update your kitchen or bathroom without breaking the bank. Concrete is a relatively budget-friendly countertop and is fairly heat and stain resistant when sealed properly. Keep in mind: your concrete countertop will need to be re-sealed on a regular basis to maintain its integrity.

Stoneworks Granite & Quartz can help you with all your natural stone needs. From countertops to backsplashes, our team of experts will make sure you get the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams! Call for your free quote today.