How to Make Countertops Look Like Granite

My kitchen is in dire need of an update. My countertop is the plastic laminate kind that was very popular in the 1980s but not so much now... lol. I would love to replace it with a granite countertop but that is way over my budget. Luckily, I came across this video DIY tutorial that shows how to make countertops look like granite using polyurethane. Best of all, it can be done under $25!!! Even better there is no sanding involved.

Supplies Needed

Minwax 63000 Fast Drying Polyurethane Clear Gloss Quart
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Gloss Set Black and White
Masking tape
KILZ Original Multi-Surface Stain Blocking Interior Oil-Based Primer/Sealer, White, 1 Quart
3 or 4 additional colors of gloss acrylic paint to match your cabinets/kitchen decor, 2 oz/50 ml
Dollar store sponges
Dollar store plastic plate
2 smooth surface paint rollers
2 plastic paint trays

Step by Step Instructions

Apply masking tape to areas around countertop to protect from paint.
Fill one plastic paint tray with some KILZ white oil-based primer.
Use one of the paint roller to apply the primer to your countertop.
Allow primer to completely dry.
Cut different size grooves and holes into sponges with a scissor (you can cut sponges in half depending on their size).
Pour a bit of your first color onto the plastic plate and dip sponge lightly into the color.
Dab sponge onto countertop (and sides) to create random pattern.
Repeat with remaining colors.
Re-apply any color you wish to make stand out more until happy with the result.
Let countertop dry completely.
Fill other plastic paint tray with some with the oil-based polyurethane.
Use the paint roller to apply polyurethane to countertop. Apply with a light pressure to avoid streaks.
Apply 3 coats of polyurethane being careful that each coat is fully dry before applying the next one.

As you can see the process is very easy and you will end up with an expensive looking granite faux finish. My one tip is to buy most of the supplies from the Dollar Store - things like the paint trays, paint rollers, plastic plate and sponges. We are using oil-based primer and polyurethane so cleanup will be messy and you will need to buy turpentine. It's much easier and faster to just throw away these items after you are done.

You will be very pleased to know also that your new countertop weathers really well and is very durable. You can even place a pot of boiling water on it without any damage resulting!