I have boring, builder-beige postformed laminate counters that could
use a face-lift. I know I could replace them easily with HD or Lowes
counters but I have non-standard size issues. Have looked into
painting them but I'm skeptical about this and besides...who wants to
put 6-8 coats of paint & polyurethane on ANYTHING??
So my idea is...can they be permanently stained
-on purpose!- in some way - either a solid color or in
a mottled way to look like stone. It would also have to be something
relatively food safe.
Laminate counter sites mention all the nasty things that will
permanently stain your counters - could/should I use any of them (or
anything else) to achieve a good, lasting result?
I haven't been able to find any precedent for this...does anyone have
any thoughts, experience or ideas? Thanks!!
Your counters are formica or some equivalent ? I do not think you have
any options. I saw somewhere that people would glue new laminate (just
the thin laminate plastic part) over old counters. I'd think they'd
have a problem if the counter is bull nosed, with getting it to match
I fyou really hate them counters are relatively inexpensive compared to
other things and they can be cut or sized every which way. My new
house has medium/dark blue counters, which I prefer over beige I guess.
LOL...hope "they" picked out something nice!
Thanks for the warning...I have alot of counters so I couldn't just
experiment on them. I'd have to be pretty sure before trying
anything. Staining them just seems like a feasible idea. I was just
hoping someone ELSE had tried it first!
Plastic laminate is just that - plastic while stain is meant for wood. You
might produce a "stain" on your counter but its color would be a bit
unpredictable. It probably would be even though.
You can get epoxy paint that wouldn't require many coats and would give you
a reasonably durable shiny finish but it can still be stained by some foods
(grape juice for example)
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