Updating Your Kitchen Counters on a Budget

I have been writing a series over on Homes.com entitled “How to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget”. My original plan was to only write a two part series (in case you missed them, here are the links for part 1 and part 2.) However, last week I received a few emails asking advice on how to update tired kitchen counters. Well never fear, today we are going to explore several ways to update your kitchen counters on a budget!

1. Paint your countertops. Can you really paint old laminate countertops? Absolutely! You can buy prefabricated kits at any home improvement store that will take you step by step through the process, or you can buy the individual paints and products separately. Creative Kristi provides a fantastic video tutorial on how to paint your counters to resemble granite using simple acrylic craft paints and a high gloss sealer. Don’t they look amazingly similar to the real deal? This is an incredibly affordable option that any beginning DIY’er can accomplish and Kristi will show you how!

And here are some more examples of what a little paint can do to breathe new life into your counters! (Click on the links to be taken to the original source and tutorials where provided.)

painted kitchen countertopsmamma4x/General Splendour

painted countertops

Creations by Kara

painted countersThe Starter Home

2. Make Your Counters out of Concrete Okay, granted this option is not for the DIY beginner, but concrete countertops are affordable, durable, customizable, and can be”DIY’ed”! Imperfectly Polished offers a step-by-step tutorial on how she and her husband created these gorgeous concrete countertops pictured below.

concrete countertopsImperfectly Polished

Kelly Moore also shows you how she and her husband created these beautiful concrete counters.

concrete counters

And if you need one more tutorial, Instructables offers a very detailed concrete countertop tutorial which includes all of the pros and cons involved in the process.

concrete countertops

Again, this option isn’t for everyone but if you are adventurous and on a tight budget this might be the perfect solution for you!

3. Install Your Own Butcher Block Countertops Butcher block countertops are a hot trend right now and can give your kitchen a warm cottage feel. They are relatively inexpensive and can be installed by the savvy homeowner. Tip: Many DIY’ers have found that Ikea presently offers the most affordable butcher block countertops available.

Triangle Honeymoon shares a comprehensive post on installing Ikea butcher block counters from start to finish. Their finished product is lovely!

butcher block counter install

This & That also offers tips on how to cut out a hole for your under mount sink in this tutorial.

butcher block counter how to

And Stillwater Story shares how to achieve a rich, stained finish to your butcher block counters.

staining butcher block counters

Whether you have $17 or $1700, there is an affordable option for you to update your kitchen countertops! Paint, concrete, and wood are all readily available choices for those willing to try their hand at something new.

I hope this series has given you the resources, courage, and inspiration needed to implement some improvements to your kitchen in the near future! If you’ve tried your hand at any of these improvements, or hope to soon, please let me know! I’d love to hear about it.

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  1. Karen says

    I would love to have butcher block counters. I wish there was a way to do something with my bad choice in granite. I chose a very dark green. Although, it’s beautiful ~ it is so much work. Every crumb shows up and now I’m trying to keep the hard water spots at bay behind the faucet.

  2. says

    Hi Beth,
    I have pinned this one as well. Great ideas, I have a counter in my laundry room that I would love to try one of these one.

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing my laundry countertop Beth! It was fun to see all the other projects too. That stained butcher block counter is gorgeous!

  4. says

    While I was at Lowes I saw this countertop kit by Rust-oleum for $250. Here! It had all the coats you needed and of course step by step. The examples in the store look amazing!

  5. says

    Love your site! So glad to see I’m not the only one using paint to transform my kitchen. Thanks for posting all of these wonderful decorating tips!

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