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

by Rose Marie Walano 3:00 AM, February 15, 2018

Aired February 15, 2018

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


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PROBLEM: I have the most outdated beige Formica countertops… it looks like 1985 in my kitchen!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


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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