Painting Laminate Countertops To Look Like Wood: The Easy & Affordable Way!
Update old & boring countertops to look & feel like real wood using Retique It Wood’ N Finish Countertop Kit
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Ahh the kitchen…
It’s the space where we spend most of our time, eating, talking, and currently renovating.
If you have been following along you know we are tackling a major kitchen renovation of our own, but we decided to take a quick break and head to my parents house for this makeover!
They have a pantry kitchen in their home that has been in desperate need of a little TLC.
The pantry kitchen was used as their main kitchen for a couple of years while they designed and built their dream kitchen.
Now that the dream kitchen is finished, my dad has taken over the pantry kitchen as his own (AKA he can make a complete mess while cooking and my mom won’t say a word about it 😉).
The only thing is… It’s been through some rough times, especially the countertops.
So we decided to team up with Retique It and makeover his old, worn out formica countertops and transform them into real wood looking ones.
Today I am going to share all my best countertop painting tips and tricks to get the perfect wood looking finish.
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Sanding Block
- Retique It Wood’N Finish Countertop Kit (we chose the color is Barn Wood)
Painting Laminate Countertops To Look Like Wood:
Preparing The Countertop Surface
First, I cleared off all the counter tops and cleaned them thoroughly using a rubbing alcohol and water mix.
Use a clean microfiber cloth and hard bristle brush for the areas with stuck on grease.
After the countertops were clean and completely dry, I used a hand sanding block to lightly sand the surface to give it a little tooth.
Priming The Countertop
Apply a thin coat of Wood’ N Primer using a Wonder brush or roller.
Make long strokes going into the direction you want the grain to follow.
You will only need two coats of the Wood’n primer.
The countertops will need two hours to dry completely or to speed up the process you can use a blow dryer.
Adding Wood Grain Look to Kitchen Countertops
Once the primer is dry move onto graining (unless you want a smooth finish, skip this step).
Apply a thin coat of Wood’N Stain in plank sized sections using a flat brush.
While the paint is still wet put the graining tool through each section.
To achieve the grain you want, you can reapply the Wood’N Stain and use the graining tool again.
For the edges of the countertop I used the smaller graining tool and it worked perfectly!
I cannot believe how amazing it looks so far!
The graining tools were so easy to use and created a super realistic wood grain look.
Wait for this coat to dry for 2 hours before moving on.
Painting The Kitchen Countertops
Next, apply a coat of Wood’N Stain over the grain.
I applied it with a back and forth motion.
You can do up to three coats when painting, each coat will give it a darker finish.
We ended up only doing one coat because I loved the lighter looking finish.
Sealing The Countertops
This is the most important step y’all and cannot be skipped!
The top coat is what is going to protect the finish from wear and tear.
Apply thin layers of top coat with the Wonder Brush.
I applied multiple coats of the top coat, waiting 2 hours in-between top coats.
Painted Wood Grain Countertops
These countertops are even better than I thought they could be!
They look and feel like real wood countertops because Retique It contains over 60% recycled wood fibers.
This countertop system was so simple to use and very affordable.
It completely transformed these dull kitchen countertops and gave them a genuine wood finish.
Let me know what you think of our kitchen countertop makeover and what color we should paint the cabinets next.