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DIY Countertop Projects

by Tom Zibkowski 06/28/2020

Photo by Zachary Nelson on Unsplash

When a style is hot, it's hot. You'll start seeing a particular medium, color or pattern everywhere. But once that hype fizzles, you're often faced with a countertop that seems dated and even loud. Unfortunately, replacing a counter isn't as affordable as getting a new hairstyle. 

You're stuck with it for a decade or more. That is unless you use these DIY countertop alternatives to revitalize any surface and bring it into the 2020s without a 2020 new countertop price tag. Here are some easy ways to do it.

Tile Overlay

You can easily tile over laminate countertops to create a beautiful modern appeal. You only need a handful of tools:

  • Your tile of choice (ceramic, granite, stone, etc.)
  • A trowel
  • A sponge
  • Thin-set mortar
  • Grout
  • Spacers
  • First, clean your counters vigorously. Then plan your pattern. Lay the tiles out dry to ensure you have enough. Redos aren't easy, so don't skip this step. Take a picture if needed so you can replicate the pattern. 

    Work in small sections so the mortar doesn't dry while you're working. With your trowel, slather the mortar onto the surface. Then begin laying tiles, placing spacers between them to keep them aligned. Press the tile down firmly with a slight twist to help it find its place in the mortar.

    Once you've laid all tiles, let them cure for 24 hours. Then add grout and let sit for another 24. After that, sponge off the tops of your tiles.

    If your grout or mortar comes with different drying times, use those instead of the ones listed. And if you ever feel that a project is more than you can handle, call a professional.

    Countertop Cover System

    There are several DIY countertop refinishing products on the market. Explore your options before choosing one. Generally, you'll sand your countertop and then "paint" a durable coating onto the counters. This coating may look like faux granite, charcoal, a quartz-flecked surface or even glass. 

    Whether you're redoing the counters in the bathroom or kitchen, a cover system updates your look and may make your surface more durable too.

    All you usually need for this project is what comes in these kits. Follow the instructions on the box to get the best results.

    Rejuvenate Laminate Countertops

    Maybe you love your countertops and want to keep them. But over time, they've developed chips, burns, scratches or gouges. Laminate repair paste can fix these things, making older countertops look new. 

    Wash the surface. Apply the paste. Then smooth it evenly across the surface, working your way out so you don't end up with apparent lines between paste and original countertop. Let it dry. Then buff and polish until it shines.

    For more tips and tricks to revitalize your home on a budget, follow our blog.

    About the Author
    Author

    Tom Zibkowski

    Professional: I specialize in representing clients in the purchase and sale of real estate throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties. Throughout my 35 years in the business I have developed residential housing communities and currently work with some of the top home builders in the industry. Some of the custom home builders I work with are : Sal Mar Homes, GTR Builders, New Homes By Chirco, Cranbrook Homes,& Arteva Homes. If you are planning on building a custom home, please contact me. Through the years I have created a niche in the luxury home market and have represented many professional athletes and celebrities with their specific needs. Please contact me with any questions you may have regarding luxury homes throughout Michigan. When you list your home for sale with Tom Zibkowski you will receive the following: Experience: • Over 4000 closed sales since 1982, throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties • Rated as top 100 Agents nationwide by Wall Street Journal • Averaging over 40 million dollars in closed sales annually Services: • 3 full time administrative assistants to process transactions and communicate activities to customer constantly. • Professional photography with virtual tours & aerial virtual tours as needed. • Featured listing exposure on Luxury Portfolio International, Zillow-Trulia-Realtor.com Listingbook-Homefinder.com-Homes.com • Full page color print advertising in Sunday Detroit News & Free Press. • Full page color print advertising in Michigan Luxury Homes Magazine • Daily internet updates of all public viewing activities and market updates. • Just listed color postcard direct mail campaigns to neighborhood. • Statewide multiple listing exposure. • Adwerx Internet pop-up display advertising campaigns Personal: I'm a Michigan native having been born and raised in the local area. My wife Jackie and I have two children. Troy is 23 years old, a licensed pilot and currently working in the real estate business. Tyler is 19 years old and is attending The College For Creative Studies, his major is transportation design.We live in Washington Township and are active in our community. My other website