Don’t like your countertops but don’t have the budget for new ones? These DIY countertop ideas are a great budget-friendly alternative to buying new ones. Plus, not only are they amazingly beautiful but they are cheap to make, too!
Inexpensive DIY Countertop Ideas
One of my favorite room makeovers from the past year has got to be our DIY laundry room makeover. Not only did it turn out beautifully, but the functionality of the space has made a big difference to our daily lives.
To me, the biggest improvement in our laundry room was our DIY countertop that has allowed me to easily fold laundry right out of the dryer. It was a budget friendly project that totally made the space without breaking the bank. The best type of project, right?!
While I was researching various methods for making our countertop, I was amazed by how many other types of DIY countertops were out there! Many other bloggers have embarked on similar projects to improve their kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorites that I found and I think you’ll agree that these are some of the best DIY countertop tutorials. I can’t wait to see which one you pick for your budget friend room makeover!
1. Build Your Own Wood Countertop
Love the look of butcher block but not the price tag? Then DIY your own!
We built our laundry room countertop in an afternoon, and stained and sealed it over the next few afternoons. And it still looks brand new a year later!
This is a perfect novice project because you really can’t mess it up. You can stain the wood any color that fits your style and as long as it has a few coats of polyurethane, it will be pretty hardy!
2. Install Laminate Countertops
Laminate has come a long way in the past decade and is an affordable way to update any kitchen or bathroom on a budget. With a few basic tools, you can install new countertops in just a few hours. We purchased our WilsonArt countertop through Home Depot and they have many beautiful options available including soapstone (what we have), marble and natural wood grains.
3. DIY Concrete Countertop
Poured concrete countertops are very trendy these days and add a cool industrial feel to a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. This is one project where I recommend paying careful attention to not only the tutorial but reading any comments left by others that have tried it out.
Learn how to make your own in only a few days with this tutorial.
4. Paint a Laminate Countertop
If you’re on the fence about replacing your existing laminate countertops, try painting them first. When done right and properly sealed, it looks really great and can be a great interim solution.
5. Contact Paper Kitchen Counter
How amazing is this before and after? Using contact paper you can easily, quickly and very cheaply achieve the look of granite or marble.
I did this years ago in our first home and couldn’t believe how well it looked. Make sure the edges are tight against the corners so that water can’t seep up under and you’ll be surprised how long this actually lasts!
6. Update Laminate Counters with Paint
This is another great tutorial on how to achieve a granite look on old laminate countertops using paint.
7. Make Laminate Look Like Stone
Soapstone is a beautiful natural stone but the price (and maintenance!) can be off-putting. This tutorial will show you how to achieve the look for a fraction of the price.
8. Upholstered Countertops
Looking for a very different alternative to your regular ol’ counter tops? How about this upholstered countertop look? This would be a nice soft look in an office or dining room – somewhere where water won’t come into contact with it.
9. DIY Granite Countertops
Learn the proper technique to achieve a DIY granite countertop in your kitchen.
10. Faux Carrara Marble
Want marble but it’s just completely out of the budget? Or maybe you’re not sure the all-white look is for you. Try this technique first and see how it looks!
Wow! So many amazing budget-friendly ideas for DIY countertops in your home. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, I think you’ll find ideas here to help you achieve the look you’re after, AND on a budget!