How to update a kitchen countertop with your own hands: the most creative ideas Sooner or later, any thing gets old. The table top is no exception. What if the kitchen set still looks great and the countertop is worn out or damaged? You can try to update it yourself! If everything is done carefully, then the new decor will make the interior of the kitchen original and respectable, and you will have to spend a minimum of money.
Paint and glass
A painted tabletop with glass will look presentable and very rich The three-dimensional effect will directly depend on the thickness of the glass on the tabletop – the thicker, the more the tabletop will look "deeper" This method does not provide for the mandatory painting of the countertop – you can put glass directly on an untreated surface with any texture
An old countertop can be refurbished with tempered glass. First, you need to update the appearance of the countertop with decor. To this end, it is cleaned, degreased and painted..
Important: you can get down to business with imagination and paint the countertop. The more complex the drawing, the more respectable the design of the room will look. This method is suitable not only for those who can draw. You can paint using stencils, and this can be done even by someone who did not study at an art school..
When the countertop is dry, a sheet of tempered glass is placed on top of it. Such a table looks exquisite and expensive. Tempered glass will provide strength to the table. He will not be afraid of accidental blows, wet cleaning. But such a table should not be in the immediate vicinity of the stove..
Decorating with tiles
In order to update the countertop with your own hands, you can use ordinary ceramic tiles. Anyone can do this decor. You can choose ceramic tiles, mosaics, composite tiles. Inlaid mosaic tiles look very good, which differ in a variety of colors..
Important: A very original design in the kitchen is obtained by using the same tiles from which the apron above the working area is made to decorate the countertop.
It is advisable to combine the tiles on the countertop in size and shades – this way the drawing will be more original Also, tiles can be combined with mosaics. Today, mosaics can be bought in the form of large tiles, which greatly facilitates and speeds up the process.
For work you will need:
- ceramic tile;
- tile adhesive;
The countertops are washed and dried. Then glue is applied to it and the tiles are laid. After everything is dry, grout is applied.
The tile decor is suitable for updating the work area countertops. The tile easily withstands intensive use and is not damaged when wet cleaning with the use of chemicals. Also, the tile decor is ideal for renovating window sill countertops. But for the dinner table, this is not the best option..
You can see the principle of laying tiles on a countertop in the video below:
Examples of finishing countertops with a slab (photo)
A huge plus of decoupage is that it does not limit imagination and allows you to change the tabletop beyond recognition, while spending a little effort.An old tabletop at the table can be changed beyond recognition if you get creative. You can make a creative thing with your own hands if you use the decoupage technique. Decorating the table surface using this technique does not require special skills and abilities – anyone can handle such work with a minimum of tools..
For work you will need:
- PVA glue;
- furniture varnish.
To decorate the table, you can purchase ready-made decoupage pictures that are sold in any art store. But motives cut from paper napkins or pictures from magazines and books are quite suitable..
You can design a drawing on a computer and print it – so you can see the whole picture in advance and decide on the drawing before starting work.
- Before work, thoroughly wash the old countertop and treat it with any degreasing agent – a tampon moistened with alcohol is quite suitable;
- Dilute the glue in a 1: 1 ratio;
- Moisten the chosen motives with it and glue them to the tabletop. The composition is created based on your taste, the main thing is not to overdo it with the number of motives, otherwise the tabletop will look clumsy.
- Carefully straighten the glued pictures – no bubbles should remain under them;
- Wait until the tabletop is completely dry;
- Cover the dried surface with varnish;
- Wait until the varnish coat is dry and apply a second coat;
- To prevent new decorations from being erased from the countertop during wet cleaning, repeat the varnishing operation 3-4 times. For ease of use, varnish can be purchased in an aerosol can.
Such a do-it-yourself table design will be in a single copy. This will make the interior design unique and memorable..
Important: using the decoupage technique, it is impossible to decorate the surface of the working area, as it is subjected to intensive use and is often washed with chemical agents. Decoupage design is suitable for dining tables, window sills.
We also recommend watching the video instructions:
Creative ways to repair countertops
With the help of stencils, you can bring to life almost any idea, and this method will not be expensive On the Internet, you can find and print suitable motives for painting. Then the stencil must be cut out of thick cardboard..
For work you will need:
- acrylic paint;
- foam sponge.
Thoroughly wash and degrease the worktop. Paint it in the basic tone. Then attach the stencil and apply the paint with a sponge, gently blotting the stencil. You can use a brush instead of a sponge.
Important: the paint does not need to be thickly applied to the sponge, otherwise it will flow under the stencil and the work will be ruined.
This decoration will give a new sound to the old table. At the same time, the decor will cost you a minimum of funds – you will have to spend only on paints..
You can also update the countertop with your own hands, turning it into a volumetric. You will need:
- wooden slats;
- various fillers – shells, dry spices (cinnamon, star anise, pumpkin seeds, etc.), acorns. It’s fantasy here.
It is necessary to divide the tabletop into sectors – square-shaped drawers. For this, a rail is glued to the edge of the tabletop over the top. It is better to purchase a ready-made, carefully processed rail or lining. You will get square cells on the table. Put the filler into the cells. Put glass on top and fix or glue it.
The original table is ready. Tables with this design are very expensive in furniture stores. Meanwhile, it is not so difficult to make them. A similar decor is suitable for a dining area or coffee table..
Replacing the countertop
The trend of 2015 is naturalness. Therefore, if you want to follow it, we recommend taking a closer look at the wooden countertop. Today, their choice is quite wide, so it will not be difficult to pick it up.
The radical way to update a countertop is to replace. The new worktop can be made from:
- Solid wood;
- composite material.
The illuminated glass table top is incredible. Plus, backlighting can be done with different modes and colors. Countertops with a non-standard sink shape will confuse someone, and someone will really like it.
You can purchase a ready-made countertop. Or purchase material from which, using a circular saw and jigsaw, cut out a part of the desired shape and size. An old tabletop can serve as a template..
After that, you need to install the new part in place of the old one. You can fix it with self-tapping screws or special carpentry glue. The gaps between the wall and the worktop, when it comes to the work area or sink area, are masked with a sealant. You can additionally glue the molding – ceramic or plastic. This will make your work area décor more stylish. The ends of the table top are glued with a furniture edge. The easiest way is to use a hot-melt edge, which is glued with an iron..
If everything is done carefully, then the interior design will not suffer in any way and will not look artisanal..
So, you can update the countertop with your own hands in different ways. But in any case, with due care in work, the kitchen design will not suffer, but, on the contrary, will acquire a touch of exclusivity and originality..
Ideas for countertops (photo)