DIY Bathroom Countertops
Whether you’re just moving into your new home or you are simply sick of looking at your outdated bathroom countertops, the idea of having them redone can be a little intimidating. Let’s face it; we’ve all seen at least one of those home improvement or home selling shows where they talk about how the kitchen and the bathrooms are where you need to spend the money. While the TV shows will have you thinking that spending means big bucks, by getting creative and going a little DIY on your bathroom countertops, you can save money!
Now, DIY can be a little intimidating, but with a little guidance, it can actually be pretty simple and even fun. Instead of blindingly searching the internet for DIY bathroom countertop ideas, we’ve done a lot of the heavy lifting for you and compiled a few different options for those brave enough to go the do-it-yourself route.
With each of the options we’ve listed below, different steps and products should be considered, and we have done our best to outline them for you so that you have a decent idea of what your project may entail.
Take your time, read over the listed options below and once you’ve found an option that speaks to your creative side, head on over to some of your favorite DIY websites to see what other ideas can help further your creative ideas before finally putting together your shopping list and heading to the store.
Pre-Cut, Ready-Made Vanity Tops
One of the simpler DIY bathroom countertop methods is to head over to your local home improvement store and look at pre-cut, ready-made vanity tops. While the initial pricing may be higher for the pre-fabricated vanity tops, installing them can be rather simple and done yourself.
Bathroom vanity tops come in three basic categories:
Integrated Vanity Tops
Integrated vanity tops are bathroom countertops with sinks that are molded into place with the countertop. They will look like one cohesive piece when you go to purchase your countertop. These traditionally come with either a single integrated sick or double.
Cut-Out Vanity Tops
Cut-Out bathroom countertops are exactly what they sound like, countertops with holes pre-cut into them for a sink to be placed in to later. Like the integrated vanity tops, cut-out vanity tops traditionally come with a single or double cut-out which allows homeowners to pick their own sinks for later installation
Vessel tops are less traditional but becoming more and more popular. These are bathroom countertops with only a drain hole cut into it. This is because homeowners are then able to pick out a vessel-style sink that sits atop of the countertop.
If you are looking to spend a little less money and are willing to put in a little more personal effort into your DIY bathroom countertops, then maybe painting your existing countertop is the option for you?
When it comes to painting your bathroom countertops, it may sound exhausting, but the reality is that it’s pretty simple. In fact, the hardest part of the painting process will more than likely be choosing what color to paint the countertop!
1. Plan Ahead
First things first, you will want to take some time to plan this project out. While it should only take a day or two to complete correctly, you’ll want to not only make sure you are allotting enough time but giving thought to the color and how long you want this paint job to last. If you are just looking to make this a temporary fix, you may not be too concerned with the quality of the paint or sealer.
However, if this is a permeant project, you’ll want to make sure that you get to paint and sealer that will do the job and do it right.
2. Prepare the Counter
The next step is to prepare the countertop by clearing all bathroom accessories off the vanity and thoroughly wash it down. You will want to use warm soap and water to make sure that you are starting with a fresh surface.
After you’ve washed and dried the bathroom countertop, you’ll want to sand it down with 150-grit sandpaper. Make sure you take the time to wipe away any dust from the surface with a damp cloth before moving onto the next step.
3. Prime the Counter
After sanding the entire counter, you’ll want to prime the entire surface with a 100% acrylic primer. For most laminate countertops, you’ll want to use a flash-bond primer as it will stick to the laminate better. You’ll want to do at least two coats of primer but remember to allow ample time in-between coats for drying.
4. Paint and Seal the Countertop
When it comes to actually painting the countertop after the primer has had plenty of time to dry, you’ll want to pick out a latex satin or semi-gloss enamel for your final paint job. It is best to avoid eggshell or flat paint for this project.
You’ll want to apply multiple coats of your chosen paint, and, like the primer, allow enough drying time between each coat. Once the final coat is dry, you’ll want to apply a few coats of clear acrylic. It is recommended to use either a satin or semi-gloss sealer to ensure the seal is strong.
Countertop Refinishing Kits
Countertop refinishing kits are quickly becoming the latest in home DIY projects, and while many will chose to use them to update their kitchen countertops, these refinishing kits are the perfect option for those looking to refinish their bathroom countertops as well.
Below, we’ve listed a few of the hottest refinishing kits currently on the market, so why not take a look and see if any spark your DIY interest? Remember, this list isn’t exhaustive, so if one of these piques your interest, dig in a little deeper to see what options are offered at your local stores. Also, don’t forget that each system is different, so make sure you read the directions and plan your DIY project according to the product that you ultimately choose!
These countertop paint kits are perfect for the budget conscious DIY bathroom and kitchen makeovers. This is a simple 3-step process, and the kit comes with all the tools needed to complete the project so that you can transform your existing countertops to the look of natural granite in just a few days.
This three-step system helps homeowners add an elegant new surface to their kitchen or bathroom by resurfacing their existing laminate countertops. The best part is, this product is made of real stone. Simply roll on each layer as directed to achieve decorative and lasting surfaces.
The Rust-Oleum resurfacing kit is a specialty countertop coating that is designed to renew and restore laminate countertops by providing a smooth, scratch-resistant finish. This resurfacing kit is ideal not only for bathroom countertops but also works on a variety of surfaces in the kitchen, workroom and more.
The Encore Complete Countertop Refinishing System is an easy and economical way to update your kitchen or bathroom by helping homeowners update their existing laminate, ceramic tile or other hard surface countertops.
DIY Bathroom Countertops Can Be A Fun Project
Given all the different bathroom DIY options out there, bathroom countertops are only a small portion of a possible bathroom renovation.
While renovations of any type are not only time consuming and physically taxing, they don’t have to be dull and boring. By getting involved and doing these projects yourself, you can have some fun while also creating something that is 100% uniquely yours.
Homeowners that are looking to go the DIY route need to keep in mind not only the concerns mentioned above but also all those involved. So, plan ahead! No matter which DIY bathroom countertop option you choose, plan for the time needed, how displaced your family may be during the process, and the products involved. By doing so, you’ll ensure that the project will not only get done but done right and promptly.
Before you know it, you’ll be sitting back and enjoying the fruits of your DIY labor!