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Question DetailsAsked on 7/17/2013

What is the best way to cover flormica counter tops?

I'm thinking about trying to paint, concrete overlay, etc. in the kitchen. I'm not sure what all the options might be and the pros and cons of each.

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Trying to coat formica countertops is a losing proposition - more trouble than worth. Countertops are replaced, not overlaid - you can get a variety of pre-manufactured products up to 12 feet long per piece at building supply stores, or get pretty much whatever you can imagine from a countertop installer.

Since it sounds like you are starting from scratch, take a trip to your local countertop firm and look at all the products available in their showroom, and an idea of prices. Generally, installation costs don't vary by more than 25% or so between cheapest and most expensive - the most variable factor is the cost of the countertop itself.

You should also visit websites for different materials, and look through some kitchen remodel magazines and books at your library to get an idea of what you like.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Plastic laminate, also known as Formica, can be painted but will not be very durable. A highquality oil based primer is important for best adhesion. Follow the primers directions preparing the surface. Paiing is always the least expensive option to improve any surface. The sky is the limit when it comes to other material options. The sink will need to be removed and reset if you change materials. It would be unusual to leave the old formica counter top in place if you add another layer of material but it could be done. A fresh substarate material is usually installed to provide the best adhesion for tile and stone tops.

Answered 6 years ago by carpentermike

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