Resurfacing Kitchen Counters

What's the difference between resurfacing and refinishing kitchen counters? HGTV has the answer.

Marble-Look Solid Surface Kitchen Countertop

Marble-Look Solid Surface Kitchen Countertop

Marble countertops are the epitome of the luxurious kitchen ideal, and that luxury comes with a price tag that will likely be more than $100 a square foot. If you love the look of marble but don’t care for the price of Carrara, consider the solid surface alternative Striato from Formica. It carries all the advantages of solid surface countertops (durability, lower price) and comes with a distinctly marble-like look.

Photo by: Formica

Formica

The terms "resurface" and "refinish" are often used interchangeably when describing the transformation of laminate counters. However, there are some subtle differences between the two concepts.

Resurfacing Versus Refinishing

Resurfacing kitchen countertops actually involves either removing and replacing the laminate or completely re-covering it with a fresh layer of laminate (or even tile). Refinishing, meanwhile, typically involves repairing the counter, sanding down stains, and recoating the existing surface for an updated look.

Resurfacing Is a Cost-Effective Option

Resurfacing your kitchen countertops, though, is still a cost-effective alternative—not to mention a low-cost investment that will last for years to come. Expect the resurfacing process to take anywhere from 36 hours to a full week, depending on the scope of the project.

Go Into the Job Knowing What it Entails

Before getting started, know that any resurfacing job will require removing sink bowls and range tops; but don't worry, they can be re-affixed to the new surface. Also, the surface, whether it's the existing laminate or a particle board base, will need to be completely flat and smooth.

Note that new orders of laminate, once they have arrived in your kitchen, will need to acclimate to room temperature for at least 48 hours before you begin installing them.

Painted Kitchen Countertop

Painted Kitchen Countertop

Giani stone paint is a sealant that completely and totally overhauls the look of any countertop. It can be used on anything from laminate to butchers block to primed and painted wood, and because it is a finish itself, it should only have to be redone if the surface is ever chipped or damaged.

Photo by: Giani

Giani

Giani stone paint is a sealant that completely and totally overhauls the look of any countertop. It can be used on anything from laminate to butchers block to primed and painted wood, and because it is a finish itself, it should only have to be redone if the surface is ever chipped or damaged.

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