I painted my countertops…

Now this is an OLD story but a good one.

When Craig and I bought our house a few months after getting married in November 2016, we got a first time homeowner loan and didn’t have much money down therefore we didn’t have much money for the cosmetic lift it desperately needed.

The pictures don’t do it justice but man oh man – these counters were so gross they were almost lime green in person.

I couldn’t stand it so we decided to do some research and concluded that we would try painting the countertops. If it didn’t work, we will replace them soon but if it did work we would have newish appearing countertops in our kitchen. I started off by priming the countertops with.. well.. a primer!

I am so glad I took pictures of the progress. We’ve since replaced the fluorescent lighting, the carpet in the living room and dining room, and that awful maroon paint coat.

Anyway, I then took a sponge and some plain acryllic paint and I began dabbing the paint onto the counter tops in no particular order or pattern. I layered about 6 different colors…

Then I layered on some more…

Then I took the color we painted the walls and sponged that over top of the paint pretty heavy to tone down the edges and colors and to match the wall.

Finally, I added about 4 coats of clear polyacrylic and WAH-LAH! I was very nervous and plenty of people warned me that this was just a temporary fix and it wouldn’t last long but I am proud to say 4 years later this was a great choice! The counter withstand wear and tear as I’m assuming any other counter top would.

I remember this day well – it was COLD in the house – the papers weren’t even signed yet and we got in early to get some cosmetic renovations done. We spent an entire day cleaning and painting the kitchen. It was the first room we did.

The one downside of our kitchen is that it is pretty small. It is a galley kitchen but I actually don’t mind at all! I’m very efficient when I’m cooking, I have PLENTY of cupboard space, and the spacious dining room allows us to all eat together! I don’t think I would build a galley kitchen if I was building a house but I don’t hate it either like I thought we would when we bought the house.

SO if you have family members or friends looking to spruce things up on a budget, share this blog post with them! What is a quick fix you have tried that ended up working well in the long run? Leave a comment below – I read every single one 🙂



  1. Ellie
    December 9, 2019 / 2:48 pm

    Clever girl!

  2. Jannette B
    December 9, 2019 / 3:55 pm

    WOW! That looks incredible!
    I’ve seen a painted countertop or two – just primed and then painted a solid colour that showed every brush stroke – but your sponging works, and everything blends well!

  3. Janet R
    December 9, 2019 / 5:47 pm

    Both my husband and I had foot surgery in the last year or so, making stairs difficult for us. We had some water damage in a section of our house, so while they were fixing all of that, we had a closet converted to a laundry room. What a huge blessing to have it on the main level. I can’t say it was inexpensive, but we are so thankful for it

  4. Pam from CA
    December 9, 2019 / 6:12 pm

    Amazing transformation!

  5. Beth
    December 9, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    Did you use just normal paint. My kitchen could use this since my tops are at least 45 years old. Time for a change

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      December 11, 2019 / 1:47 pm

      Normal primer and then just acryllic paint! Even cheaper!

  6. Annie
    December 9, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    How clever!

  7. DebMac
    December 9, 2019 / 10:15 pm

    Years ago we bought an older home (“60’s era) because the rooms were good sized but the few cabinets in the kitchen had this horrible antiquing job done on a yellow green paint with warped blue formica counters. We sanded the cabinets down and added a peninsula between the kitchen and dinning room for more storage space. The peninsula was made of 6 wall cabinets stacked back to back , a base unit and a stack of drawers. All were painted a nice “Corn in August” green and we replaced all counters with new formica. We tore out the soffits to give some display space and found that there was a double ceiling so we ended up painting some corner trim the same green to highlight the edge. It looked so nice and we got so many compliments on a fairly cheap budget. I still miss those cabinets.

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