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Are you tired of your outdated countertops but don’t have the budget for an upgrade? These affordable DIY countertop ideas are a low-cost alternative to buying new countertops. And they’re gorgeous to look at!
If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room but find yourself cringing at the high cost of new countertops, worry not! There are budget-friendly ways to revamp your space without breaking the bank.
When we updated our previous laundry room, our DIY wood countertops instantly transformed the space, with not a lot of effort and a small budget. So, if you’re not a fan of your current countertops and you’re looking to save some cash, go ahead and give these budget-friendly DIY kitchen countertop ideas solutions a shot. You won’t be disappointed!
1. Stain Your Own Countertops
Love the look of butcher block countertops 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 counters any color that fits your style and as long as it has a few coats of polyurethane, it will stand up to any spill!
2. How to Build and Protect Wooden Countertops
Another clever tutorial for wood countertops with tips on how to maintain them.
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. Painted Laminate Countertop
If you’re on the fence about replacing your existing countertops, try painting them first. When done right and properly sealed, it looks really great and can be a great interim solution.
5. Paint Laminate to Look like Granite
This is another great tutorial for those countertops with laminate material. Learn how to achieve a granite look on old laminate countertops using paint!
6. Reface Countertops with Contact Paper
How amazing is this before and after? Using contact paper you can easily, quickly and very cheaply achieve the look of granite or marble for a whole new look!
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.
7. Make Countertops 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 in a budget-friendly way.
8. Upholstered Countertops
Looking for a very different alternative to your regular old countertops? 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 the front edge or any corners.
9. DIY Granite Countertops
Learn the proper technique to achieve DIY granite countertops on your kitchen countertop or kitchen island.
Want marble countertops 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 for the look of marble first and see how it looks!
Chalkboard paint is both affordable and unique. If you’re up for something different, and have the perfect spot for it, try this easy step-by-step. If yours look anything like Ashley’s did, you’ll be in love with this great option!
Who would of thought we’d be using peel and stick wallpaper on our countertops? Most hardware stores will have a selection of wallpaper that is either faux wood or of similar texture that would look suitable.
This is a very easy way to achieve new countertops. Surprisingly, you can get a high-end look for practically nothing by going this route! Just be sure and check for air bubbles and ensure a tight fit around the edges to avoid water damage.
13. Tiled Countertop DIY (No Saw Required!)
All you need is a little elbow grease and determination! Recreate this look by mounting a cement backer board to a wooden board the size of your countertop. Then, adhere subway tiles (or granite tiles!) and tile grout to the backer board and mount the entire tiled board on your existing countertop with screws.
14. How to Torch Wood | DIY Torched Wood Countertop
Try your hand at torched wooden countertops for a rustic charm appeal. All you really need are some wooden boards and a torch for these easy kitchen counters.
This one is the perfect solution for your laundry room, office, or mud room countertops! You won’t need a lot of money or a high DIY skill level to achieve this fun and modern spin on countertops.
Wow! So many amazing budget-friendly ideas for DIY countertops in your home. The best part? None of these require a ton of materials and you can easily pop into your local hardware store or Home Depot for what you need. Nothing fancy or confusing here!
Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, I think you’ll find some great ideas to help you achieve the look you’re after, AND stay on budget!