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05:53PM | 10/28/04
Member Since: 10/27/04
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Has anyone else tried this?

Maybe you would be interested in my solution to changing my laminated kitchen top (on a tight budget). I have already created a sample piece and given it the benchtop workout and am happy with the results, so when I have finished re-building my cabinets I will paint my bench top.

1.I have roughed up the laminate.

2.glued artist quality paper over the laminate.

3.painted onto the paper, I am using watercolour and gold acrylic.

4.then applied 6 coats of polyurathane.


Loosen off the sink clips, slide the paper under. After the painting and varnishing are complete, apply a sealant under the edge of the sink and retighten the clips.

Because the papers thickness is marginal there is no issue of the sink plumbing needing alteration. So no plumbers fees.

I used an acrylic sealer as it doesn't yellow like the oil based ones with multi coats. On my test piece I used high gloss varnish and I am now considering using a matt varnish on my bench tops. (Personal choice only).

I am an artist but I don't see any reason to stop anyone having a go.If you have kids you can even let them in on the design.

If you like this idea but don't fancy the artistic challenge, why not decoupage the benchtops, then varnish. multi coats of varnish will even out overlapping paper levels. good luck and be creative.

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