Simple & Easy Faux Granite Countertops

Updated 3.19.21

Simple & Easy Faux Granite Countertops

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This is one of the projects we did for our ladies bathroom at church. Here is a before picture... Whoa!😳

Super Pink 80s Church Bathroom

Would you say... SUPER PINK 80's bathroom??? We have a lot of work to do here!!

This countertop is original to the building of the church. It was still in pretty good shape, but instead of spending over $250 dollars on faux granite laminate for a little 6 foot counter, I thought we should at least try a technique I saw. 

So, I tested it out on a scrap piece of laminate that I had around. (You can see it behind the paint bottles) I needed to have something to show the Bathroom Remodel Committee. They know I try some crazy things, but if I could show them how it might look, I might get their approval. (And I did! They loved it and couldn't believe it was just paint!) 

Laminate Sample and paint supplies used

Besides, if they hated it, then we could rip it out anyway and put in a new counter. Basically, we had nothing to lose.

First, I had to tape off the edges and the sinks and prime the counter.  I used Zinnsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Plus Primer. I love that stuff!

Sinks taped and counter primed

I applied 2 coats.

These are the paints I used. Simple acrylic paints, some sea sponges, and I put on a top coat of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finishes.

I used a mixture of black, dark gray, medium gray, silver metallic, creamy white, and a bright white.

Paint supplies and sponges

A friend of mine, Penny, was free one afternoon to work on the counter. We didn't want to overthink it, we just went for it. 

Of course, I forgot to take pictures throughout the process.  And.... we definitely made mistakes, but this process is very forgiving. If we went heavy with one color, we went over it with another. The more layers the better.  It gives depth to the "granite".

Basically, we put some paint on a foam plate and used a sea sponge and dipped and dabbed in an up and down motion on the counter. You can't mess this up. We completed it in about an hour. The lighting in there was awful!

Painting faux granite countertops

Here's a close up.

Close up of painted faux granite countertop

And even closer....

Super close photo of painted faux granite counter

Turns out everyone on the committee loved it and we saved ourselves quite a bit of $$! I got the sponges 40% off at Hobby Lobby and picked up the paints for a couple of dollars. The big ticket item was the can of Polycrylic for $17! Whoa! Break the bank! 😉 

For about $25 we had a new counter!

I put on 4 coats of High GlossPolycrylic. It is holding up beautifully!!

UPDATE!! March 2021. This countertop is still in beautiful condition. It has not peeled, scratched or anything!

4 coats of Polycrylic on Painted Faux Granite Countertop

Doesn't it look nice? Just got to get rid of that PINK!!!

DIY Faux Granite Countertops

I've since finished the Ladies Church Bathroom Remodel. I've listed the projects we did below.

Ladies Church Bathroom Remodel (Before)
Cabinets Updated
How To Frame A Mirror Without Miter Cuts
Flooring Updated
Easy DIY Corbels
Easy DIY Metallic Print
Mini Shiplap Planter Box
Easy DIY Tissue Box Cover


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