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6 Simple Renovation Ideas to Replacing Kitchen Counters

Kitchens have come a long way in terms of do-it-yourself renovations. From cabinetry and appliances to flooring and countertops, you can make the old look new again.

Your kitchen is one of the most used spaces in your home. If you don't have the budget for a full remodel, consider upgrading your countertops to give it a new look.

Plus, replacing kitchen counters can be done in just a few hours.

Your countertops are a focal point of the kitchen. Upgrades can add character and a new ambiance. Choosing the right look can rival kitchens in home design magazines.

If you are upgrading your countertops on a budget do your research. You also want to make sure that the material you choose is a fit with the rest of the kitchen.

Continue reading for six renovation ideas for your countertops.

When Replacing Kitchen Counters isn't an Option

Let's be honest. Kitchen countertops are expensive. Materials such as marble and granite can cost thousands for an average kitchen.

If you are trying to create skillfully designed kitchen counters without breaking the bank, you'll be happy to know it's easier than you think.

Natural stones are not the only surfaces for your counters. There are products in your local hardware store you can purchase to give you a new look.

Before deciding on how to redo kitchen counters consider the look you are going for. The kitchen color, style of appliances, flooring and your backsplash should figure into your decision.

Here are a few options you may want to consider.

1. Add a Splash of Color

A kitchen with outdated laminate countertops can be painted. Today's kitchens reflect the personality of the homeowner. If you are someone that loves color, painting countertops create a whole new look.

The process is simple but will take some time to do it right.

Thoroughly clean the countertops. Sand the surface with 150-grit sandpaper, dry and clean the surface again. Using a 100% acrylic primer, and apply two coats.

Once completely dry, paint the surface with at least two coats of latex paint in either a satin or semi-gloss finish. Wait a few hours and apply a high gloss acrylic top coat.

Talk to a specialist in the paint department of your local home improvement store to ensure you have the proper products. Also, ask for guidance on the correct number of coats and drying time of each product.

2. Butcher Block

Butcher block and other wood products are a budget-friendly design for updating kitchen countertops. The counters are typically made of maple wood but in recent years counters have been created in a wide array of wood types.

You do not have to use brand new wood pieces. A new trend is decorating with reclaimed wood. These are pieces of salvaged wood from old homes, barns, and furniture.

The biggest part of installing a wood countertop is ensuring that the wood and cabinets are leveled. The counters are affixed with sealants.

If you order counters they will arrive ready to install. If using reclaimed wood you will need to form the boards into the shape and thickness you need.

3. Stone Tiles

Tile is another popular option in countertops. Stone tiles give a natural look to your kitchen. Because the colors are often neutral tones they can go with most kitchens.

If you have wood floors, stone tiles will blend well. You can also replace your backsplash in matching or coordinating tiles.

To install the tiles you may be able to place over existing counters. You will need to verify with a professional what needs to be done to prepare the surface. Tile is installed using an adhesive called thin set.

When installing a new foundation, plywood is viable and inexpensive.

4. Ceramic Tiles

Similar to installing stone tiles, ceramic is installed the same way. The difference between the two is the number of options you have. With ceramic tile, you will have many colors, sizes, and designs to choose from.

This is an opportunity to stay safe or be bold in your selections. Ceramic tiles give you the option to be creative with Mosaics and other trendy patterns.

The downside in using any type of tile is that you do not have a solid surface. Tiles require grout lines and grout is a porous material. You will need to seal the grout often.

If not sealed properly grout can stain. You may also end up dealing with damaged tile if moisture gets through.

5. Laminate Countertops

Completely replacing kitchen counters may be the only viable option. When working within a tight budget laminate is a good option.

Once considered to be cheap, laminate has come a long way. Laminates now come in multiple colors, textures, and faux looks.

The big home improvement stores sell pre-cut laminate counters for easy installation. If needed, they can also cut the countertops to size or place a special order for you.

6. Granite Pieces

If you're not up for a DIY project and want to splurge on granite countertops, consider shopping for granite pieces. These are remnants of slabs sold at a reduced cost. They have the same quality and luster of a slab.

Finding enough matching pieces for your kitchen may be a task if you have a lot of counter space. For this job, you will need to bypass the home improvement store and go to a granite store. Explain to the owner what you are looking for and if you're lucky and have the time they can accumulate the pieces for you.

For a small kitchen or if you only want an accent piece for an island, you can cut the cost of installing granite a great deal. Check it out here to see what styles are available.

Are You Ready to Upgrade Your Kitchen Counters?

Now that you know your options for replacing kitchen counters what is holding you back? Upgrade your look and add some pizazz to your home.

If you're looking for some serious home inspiration, click here.

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