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Having unsightly countertops can be very hard to contend with because you see them daily. Regardless of whether you’re moving in, or out of your home, you don’t have to keep your countertops looking less than fabulous.

There are many cost-effective approaches that’ll save the day when it comes to refreshing your countertops. Many people make this mistake of replacing the whole countertop, when a few cheap and simple solutions would have revived the surface, making it much more appealing and giving you the countertop of your dreams.

Here are 4 ways to refresh your kitchen countertops.

1.Granite Sealer

After two weeks, to protect against future stains and etching, it is advised that you apply a granite sealer. There are sealer options that can be used on laminate, granite, stone, marble, and many more surfaces. You simply spray and wipe. It’s very simple to use and usually less than $20 at your local hardware store. Granite sealer is a wonderful and efficacious way to clean up your countertops while keeping your family safe as well.  There is a range of options, including those made with non-toxic and non-acidic substances.

The best way to keep your countertops refreshed and up to date, is by keeping them clean and in good condition as you use them. You can do this by:

  1. Spray the sealer in three-foot sections
  2. Wipe the countertops immediately with a lint-free cloth.
  3. Buff dry with a lint-free cloth.
  4. For added protection, wait 20 minutes and repeat twice.
  5. Let it cure for 24 hours before applying any other product like granite polish.

2. Contact Paper

Contact paper has become a fashionable way to renovate the interior of your home in a variety of ways. Why? The self-adhesive contact paper is very easy to use and comes in a plethora of colors and designs. And it’s extremely affordable! Much more so than replacing your whole countertop and you can use whatever is leftover on other craft projects or cabinet interiors.

What you need:

  • Measuring tape: measure out your counter and find out how many square feet you’ll need for contact paper.
  • Go to the store and buy any design or color pattern you decide will fit best on your countertop. A 40-foot roll costs about $7 at most big box stores.
  • Boxcutters: You will need to cut around the edges, the faucet, and up against the wall for the back-splash. If you have scissors, you can use those instead.
  • It’s quite easy to do, it’s waterproof, and it’s cheap and affordable.

3. Use Your Pennies

Do you have a jar full of pennies that add up to a few dollars? Well, you could either cash them in for a cup of coffee or put them to use! One great way to put your collected coins to use is by using them as your new countertop. This will give your kitchen a completely innovative and unique look.

Depending on the size of your counter, you may need to hit the bank and exchange cash for the right amount of pennies. One designer was able to get the job done with $35 worth of pennies which would amount to roughly 12 square feet. Someasure out your space or lay your coins down to see how far you can get with what you have.

Before you put those pennies on your counter, you will want to clean them up a little and give them shine. A few household items can do the trick by mixing vinegar and salt, then adding a paste with baking soda. Put the pennies in the vinegar and salt then shake. Grab a cloth, dip it in the baking soda and paste mix, and rub the pennies to shine.

Your next steps will be creating the countertop.

  1. It is recommended to paint the countertops first with a solid color. Allow several hours for drying time.
  2. You will need to purchase edging based on your personal preference and design choice for the rest of the kitchen.
  3. Apply the edges.
  4. One by one, lay each penny on the surface, gluing down if you would like them to remain stable.
  5. Then you will need to apply some Epoxy. Refer to the instructions for the proper mixing. You can use a putty knife to apply and then pour to a level.
  6. Use a blowdryer to get rid of bubbles.
  7. Let it sit a few hours.

And then you have a penny countertop, unlike any other. This is one of the most creative ways to refresh your kitchen countertops.

You don’t have to hire a professionalin order to get the counter of your dream. Sometimes a good scrubbing and elbow grease will refresh the kitchen altogether.  But if you are beyond a good cleaning, a little imagination, you can bring new life into your kitchen by using these ways to refresh your countertops.