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[–]Knichols2176 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Everything you try to do will cost you more than a new countertop would. If you go to Lowe’s they have pre fab 8 ft lengths for $80.

[–]Debaser626 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Agree… this is one of those things where it’s just not worth the time, money and effort to repair it.

Anything that’s going to look decent and also last for more than several months, is going to cost more than it would be to buy a new one.

About the only thing I can think of that might work (depending on your skill level) is to get some stainless steel sheeting and cover the counter with it.

[–]imoutohere 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lightly sand and smooth out any chips. Then use a self leveling acrylic paint. Otherwise you’ll need replace the countertops

[–]WrenchSense 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Dirty epoxy pour

[–]thatsuzychick 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Sand the counter down to make it smooth. I'd say contact paper is probably gonna be your best best until you can get them replaced tbh.

[–]FartPantry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can you recommend a brand of contact paper? I went with DC Fix but I was hoping it would be a bit thicker. And do you know if I need to seal the contact paper afterwards? I'm sure it's recommended but I haven't gotten that far.

[–]anally_ExpressUrself -1 points0 points  (0 children)

How about one of those pour over concrete jobs?

[–]Historical_Recipe589 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I did epoxy over mine. Easy to do but some prep work. They turned out great I think and functional for now. A little more costly ($250) but worth it. I do have before and after pics if interested. epoxy

[–]Azozel 0 points1 point  (4 children)

you want something more like this. Obviously sand the countertop smooth and remove paint and follow the directions that come with the new countertop

[–]HarlequinSerf 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Yes! I used one of those over sanded plywood to make a laundry-folding counter. It's lasted three years so far, with daily use. Most are slightly opaque, so your white paint (after a light sanding) should be a good base.

[–]Azozel 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I wouldn't use latex paint as a base, it can easily peal off

[–]HarlequinSerf 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Not my first choice either, but it’s the surface that she has, latex paint over Formica. The upside is that being old, the paint is fully cured and the vinyl adhesive will grab tight. The downside is in the removal. The vinyl will peel that paint off like Jim Phelps’ face in the old Mission Impossible.

[–]Azozel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They can remove the paint, it's not that hard. A scruffed up formica surface will hold better.