How to Update a Formica Countertop
LESLIE: Sandra in West Virginia listens on WCHS. What can we do for you in your house?
SANDRA: Yes, I am curious to find out what type of paint you use to repaint a countertop.
LESLIE: What is your countertop made out of?
LESLIE: Why do you want to paint it?
SANDRA: Because it’s ugly.
LESLIE: (chuckling) Has it already been painted or is it something that you want to do fresh on it?
SANDRA: Something I want to do decorative to improve the color in my kitchen.
TOM: Well, the answer is no kind of paint. (laughing)
LESLIE: Yeah, I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t paint it. There are a ton of other options you can do. You can easily re-laminate an already laminated countertop. There are so many different – there’s Lamin-Art; there’s Wilsonart; a whole bunch of different companies that make laminates. And it comes in so many different finishes, choices. I mean each company has about 100 different choices. And what you do is you would just use a laminate cutter to cut these to the appropriate size and then use a contact cement and you could adhere it right to the top of your existing laminate countertop. So for a few dollars, you’re going to get something that’s very, very durable; brand spanking new; and easy to do on your own. You just have to be careful about adhesion. You want to make sure it’s properly lined up before you would stick it down to the old one. Or you could tile on top of that but I wouldn’t paint.
SANDRA: Oh, well wonderful.
Well Leslie, I did want to tell you, my husband absolutely loves you.
LESLIE: Oh, why thank you.
TOM: (chuckling) That’s great.
LESLIE: Tell him I say hello.
SANDRA: Oh, I certainly will. He’s so jealous of me already.
LESLIE: (chuckling) Thanks, Sandra.
SANDRA: Thank you, have a good day.
TOM: Sandra, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.