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Photo: VH-studio (Shutterstock) When budgeting time and money for your kitchen renovation, set a bit of both aside specifically for your countertops. Counters are notoriously expensive to replace—but they stick out like a sore thumb if outdated and left as-is. If you have out-of-style, scratched, stained, or dull countertops that need a little freshening up (but you don’t want to spring for a full replacement), try painting them. Tools and materials you’ll need to paint laminate countertops For this project, you’ll need the following items: Sandpaper and a sanding block Painter’s tape A rag You can opt to use a powered palm sander, as well, but this project doesn’t require one. Countertop paint kits are available at many hardware stores, too, and they will include the necessary items to refinish your laminate counters. Keep in mind, however, that many of them are one-step or two-step epoxies and will have different directions than the ones below. Follow the instructions that come with your kit for best results. Prep your countertop surface To prep the surface, make sure the counters are clean and dry, then sand them with 180- to 220-grit sandpaper. Scoring the surface with the sandpaper will give your finish something to stick to. Use a fine grit, like 250 or above, to sand out any scratches on the surface so your countertop coating will go on smoothly. Finally, use your mineral spirits and rag to clean up the dust from sanding, then allow it to dry. You’ll also […]