We’re just at the beginning stages of renovating and don’t have the budget for a new kitchen. Im wondering if anyone can tell me if painted laminate bench tops hold up over time?
Ive watched a few tutorials on how to do paint them, I would love feedback from someone who has done it before! Thank you!!
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Hi @emmakroberts. I assume you've seen this? - https://www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/paint/how-to-paint/how-to-paint-a-laminate-benchtop
Personally if you're wanting to stay in your property and looking for something that will last I'd explore painting the cabinetry but replacing the benchtops. Happy to be corrected by someone else who has done it but I think painting a benchtop is more of a short-term solution for a quick and easy update. Benchtops typically cop some rough treatment. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get something that I would think is going to be more durable. Have you had a look at the options? - https://www.bunnings.com.au/our-range/kitchen/benchtops
I've tagged a few other members in other benchtop discussion that might have some input for you.
You might also be interested in this - https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Kitchen/What-would-you-do-with-this-kitchen/m-p/11286
We have a new video How to paint a kitchen benchtop.
Hope you find it useful.
I have to agree with MartyH on this one. Painting benchtops is not a longterm solution. Bunnings is currently offering $99 dollar benchtops at 2200 mm x 600 mm. 4 of those should be enough to replace the existing btops and the one in the bathroom. 2 coats of cabots clear and you should be good to go. Sand and paint the doors and it should put a new shine on that kitchen.
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Hi @emmakroberts - Eek! I have one of those kitchens, in different colour I’m happy to give anything a crack, but painting those laminate bench tops is never going to be a long term solution. Firstly, they have 90 degree edges, so nothing’s going to flow nicely over them, and they will be a permanent wear point. So, a temporary measure only.
I totally understand the budget constraints. I would makeover the cabinets, they receive less wear and tear, so - prime, paint, new handles will work very well. If you measure the depth of the countertop, it’s most likely too narrow (front to back) to ever fit a modern cabinet underneath. Personally, I went through this analysis and I’m reluctantly ripping my entire kitchen out - I’m not a fan of throwing money into lost causes.
You could consider getting a MDF countertop made with rounded edges, which you could paint, use Rustoleum on, shouldn’t blow the budget, but give you a nice look for a few years, cheers Deb