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How to Paint Kitchen Counters

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November 13, 2006

How to Paint Kitchen Counters

Learning how to paint kitchen counters is an easy way to transform the look of your kitchen for very little money. Many people are surprised that painting is even an option for countertops but more and more homeowners are choosing this method because it allows maximum flexibility of color and style.

You can learn how to paint kitchen counters through books, articles or even by participating in a workshop at your local home improvement store. The key is to pay attention to the steps of proper surface preparation and proper sealing after painting.

How to Paint Kitchen Counters

Learning how to paint kitchen counters begins with thoroughly cleaning the existing counter surfaces followed by sanding with a medium grit sand paper. Remember, proper surface preparation is critical to your success in this kind of project. Laminate countertops are usually the best candidates for painting because their surface is easy to prepare.

Once the surface is prepared you are ready to start painting. Some people choose to paint their counter a single color and then decorate the edges or center areas with stencils. If stencils do not sound appropriate for your needs you can also consider applying one of the many faux finishes that are usually applied to walls. They are surprisingly effective at creating an elegant look to your counter tops.

The last step in this process is to finish the surface with at least three or four coats of a good quality liquid floor urethane. Follow all label directions closely, including sanding between coats to ensure each coat adheres properly. When you are finished and see how wonderful your kitchen looks, soon your friends will want you to teach them how to paint kitchen counters, too!

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