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How I Transformed My Countertop

Home Tour Kitchen

Thanks to everyone who sent messages and inquired about my kitchen. 

I enjoy reading all of your comments and answering any questions you may have

If you missed my

Home Tour you can see it here,

and the Before and After here.

I’m not quite finished showing you how I achieved the after,

so let’s get started

I received a few inquiries about how I transformed my countertop.

Home Tour Kitchen

Here’s where you might want to take a seat…

you know,

so you don’t fall over.  (sigh)


keep in mind,

this kitchen was done on an extremely limited budget

We started the process immediately upon moving into our home 6 years ago

This was before Countertop Transformation Kits

and replacing the counter was not an option.


we painted them!

I hope you were sitting down.

Home Tour Kitchen

My mom tried this technique in two of her homes.

Thank goodness,

both my mom and dad were there to tackle

the counter with us.

Remember the white laminate?

Counter top transformation

Here’s where I am lacking photos. 

I have been digging through negatives,

and this is what I’ve found.

(6 years ago we still used negatives… WOW)!

How to Transform a Countertop With Paint


1. Primer and roller for priming.   We used Kilz Primer/Sealer.

2. Ralph Lauren Suede Paint.  Paint Color we used: Zinc. (I am not sure if this color is still available?)

3. Ralph Lauren Unique Rollers 4″ and 9″.

4. 3″ nylon poly trim brush

5. Water Base Polyurethane

*When contacting Ralph Lauren Paints before starting this project they mentioned this paint was not for high traffic areas and would not recommend it for counters*

I add this as a disclaimer so you know what their recommendations are.

If you decide to follow this tutorial, please do so at your own risk.

Zinc Ralph Lauren Suede Paint

Let’s get started…

1. Clean entire surface before painting.

2. Prime the counter using a roller.

3. Once dry, apply the first coat of Ralph Lauren Suede Paint.  Use the nylon/poly brush for the corners, edges and areas hard to reach with a roller.

4. Use the unique rollers to blend in the brush strokes and work around the counter creating V’s and overlapping in different directions.  Let dry.

5. Last coat – use the nylon/poly brush to create crisscrosses.  Work in small areas to create the texture of suede.

6. Once completely dry, apply water based polyurethane.  We applied several coats to get great coverage.


Counter Top Transformation

We still had a long way to go in this kitchen, but the counters were done.


Notice the white cabinets…

see how stark white they are in comparison to the wall color?

My sweet hubby painted them all for me while I was out of town working.

Wasn’t that nice of him?

Only problem…

I didn’t like the white the gentlemen at the paint store recommended.

Yep, I should have gone with my gut.

So… guess who took every door off and repainted them all?


Home Tour Kitchen

Here are some questions I should answer for you if you are considering this project.

Would I go through this procedure again?

Yes, I would.  I was using this as a quick solution to fit within my budget and get the look I really wanted.  If I could afford a honed granite, that would have been my first choice.  Truthfully, this has lasted 6 years and has held up better than I could have imagined.  I can’t wait to show you pictures of my parent’s countertop as well.

Is it durable?

It has held up great!  We still use a cutting board when using hot cooking items like a crock pot or steamer.  It may not affect it, but I want to protect it as best as I can.  If a wet glass is left on the counter the polyurethane will leave a clear, glossy ring where the wet area is located.  I freaked at first, but this goes away when it is dry.  After 6 years, we do see a little wear, but these areas can be touched up if needed.

Why is this paint different than other latex paints?

Ralph Lauren Suede Paint, in my opinion, leaves a texture like suede and has movement.  When our neighbors were replacing their counters I asked the salesman to give us an estimate for granite.  He came over and couldn’t believe it was paint.

How do you clean the counter-top?

I use a spray bottle filled with Vinegar and Water.

Is there other information to share?

Yes, if you are considering trying this out, check out Ralph Lauren’s Paint site hereThis offers you the colors as well as items you will need.  There is also a video tutorial and pdf file to print.  It shows you in great detail how to apply this paint and where to purchase it.  If you want the Zinc color and it is not available, maybe it can be mixed for you. 

Are there Counter Transformation kits out there?

Yes, there are!  Rust-Oleum offers a Countertop Transformation kit.  I have not personally tried it, but have heard great things about it.

Here is the honed granite that has been on my wish list. 

Painted Counter top

Sitting on my laminate you can see it’s pretty close, don’t you think?  

It’s working,

so the painted laminate stays.

At least for now.

Do you have a laminate countertop that needs a little update?