Fantastic DIY Facelifts & Refinishes for Formica Laminate Countertops

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So you have some formica laminate countertops, do you? And something tells me that you’re just not happy with them at this stage of your life. You don’t want to do a full-scale renovation until the time is right, and therefore don't want to spend a lot of money on a temporary solution. Here are five quick fixes for that counter you can't stand to look at one more day...

Concrete: Jenny of Little Green Notebook (lead image above) used Ardex and transformed her laundry room counters into concrete-look tops. We've written about other ways to use this concrete finish before, and Tess just wrote about her real life experience doing the process herself.

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Tile: Jenny from Everyday Occasions spent an afternoon and about $40 to update her black laminate countertops with basic white subway tile. There are some photos to show how she did it but the DIY Network has a great tutorial illustrating the process from start to finish.

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Metal Banding: If you want to embrace your retro laminate, and just give it an extra little something (or hide chipped edges perhaps?), you can edge your countertops with old school metal framing, like Morgan's kitchen from The Brick House. You can get more details on sources, and installation, from Retro Renovation.

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Marble: It's hard to believe this "marble" countertop and backsplash were once laminate until Danika of Gorgeous Shiny Things showed us how she transformed them.

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Stainless Steel: The DIY Network featured a counter made over with shiny paint called liquid stainless steel. For an even more professional job, try wrapping the entire countertop in actual stainless steel. Working with her local sheet metal guy, Linn of Christonium bought about $400 of the material and installed it over a layer of plywood glued and screwed to the original surface.

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Granite: Use a painting technique to get the look of granite, for a whole lot less. You can do it on your own with regular acrylic paints, like the one above from Pretty Lil Posies. Or, if you don't feel as confident, buy a kit from a place like Amazon to make it easier.

(Image credits: Little Green Notebook; Everyday Occasions; The Brick House; Gorgeous Shiny Things; DIY Network; Pretty Lil Posies)