DIY: How to Update Your Laminate Countertops for Just $20

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Playing How to Update Your Laminate Countertops Without Replacing Them
How to Update Your Laminate Countertops Without Replacing Them Aired February 15, 2018

There's only one way to describe those laminate countertops nearly EVERYONE in the '80s and '90s rocked:

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But it doesn't have to be that way. HGTV star Chip Wade showed us SUCH an easy way to update them in a snap. Listen up!

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PROBLEM: I have the most outdated beige Formica countertops… it looks like 1985 in my kitchen! How can I update them without breaking the bank? —Shanell

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Observe:

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SOLUTION: Sand it down and paint it over it in the color of your choice!

Pro tips from Chip:

—Start by giving it a little bit of "tooth" — i.e. sanding it down a bit ("Smoothness is key here," says Chip)
—"Juice up" that foam roller with paint — don't be scared! You want to get a lot on there
—Make sure you're painting evenly — countertops are well lit, and that light will highlight any discrepancies
—Recoat in under an hour — when it's still pretty wet — or wait about 24 hours when it's fully dry. That in-between time (3 or 4 hours, say) is when the re-painting gets a little messy

See the beautiful result in the video above!

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