How to Paint Bathroom Countertop


Authored by Brandy Burgess in Bathrooms
Published on 10-28-2009

Are you looking for a simple and inexpensive way to makeover your bathroom? Consider painting the bathroom countertop to spruce up the room easily and cheaply. Follow these instructions on how to paint a bathroom countertop to get professional results.

Clean the Area

Begin by cleaning the bathroom countertop and surrounding area with an ammonia solution mixed with warm water. It’s important to remove any oil, dirt or residue that may be stuck to the countertop in order for the paint to adhere properly. Dry the surface of the countertop with a clean cloth. Use a painters tape to mask any areas near the countertop that you do not want to get paint on.

Sand the Surface

Use a fine piece of sandpaper (approx. 150 grit) to sand the surface of the bathroom countertop. This will give the paint a smooth and sleek surface to paint on. Once all of the area to be painted on is sanded and free of imperfections, wipe the area clean and remove any excess sandpaper dust.

Prime the Countertop

Use an acrylic primer as a base coat for your paint. The paint primer will adhere well to the countertop and will give the paint a smooth surface to stick to. You should apply at least two coats of the acrylic primer to the countertop. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before adding the next coat. Be sure that the coats of primer are thin so that it dries evenly.

Paint the Countertop

Once the primer has dried completely, you can choose a color to paint the countertop. When choosing paint, be sure that it’s either semi-gloss enamel or latex satin. You may need to apply several coats of the color to completely cover the countertop. Allow each coat of paint to fully dry before adding the next coat. Do not let more than 24 hours pass before adding the next coat.

Apply a Top Coat

Once you have applied the paint, you will want to protect the finish by applying clear acrylic paint. Use a semi-gloss paint or satin paint to create more of a shine. The more shine the countertop has, the more protection against damaging the color and countertop. Allow the top coat to fully dry before placing any of your personal items back on the countertop.

Add Detailing

If you prefer the look of classic and elegant detailing along with your basic base color, you can add them before the applying the top coat. Detailing can be painted on the bathroom countertop using stencils. If you’re a great artist, you can even paint directly on the countertop for a more personal feel. Seashells, waves, and even fish can be painted to present a bathroom theme.


By simply apply a few coats of paint to a bathroom countertop, you can create an entire new look and feel to an entire room. If you want to do some remodeling in your bathroom but are on a budget, consider painting the countertop in the room for an easy bathroom makeover.


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