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    Default Need creative ideas to redo countertops

    O.K., countertops are way out of my budget, so I'm trying to figure out a way to redo mine cheap! cheap! cheap!

    I remember seeing something on HGTV, I think it was Decorating Cents, where they put grout on the counters and sanded it down to make it look like concrete. I was thinking more along the lines of finding a way to put it in squares, like tile, and then when it dries, grouting the lines with another color.

    Anyone ever done anything like this? Sounds like fun! Messy, but fun!

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    I was seriously considering doing a faux paint technique on mine to look like granite. Gripey was never receptive but I've read that you can use enamel paints and marine varnish to seal it with (several coats) and it will hold up for years and years.

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    ok I can't edit but I meant to say check out the forums there at that link and search for faux granite countertops.

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    if you like the tile look buy some old dishes and break them up put on counter top w/grout, i have been wanting to do this for a long time my counter tops are on their last leg

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    Found it! Here's the link to the episode where they made the faux concrete countertops. They used epoxy grout, and they did it for $38!

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    Last edited by Gabe; 07-22-2010 at 09:14 PM.

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    I heard about using cement stamping but not sure how that works!

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    Check secondhand building supply outlets for countertops made from a variety of surfaces. New countertops incorrectly cut for kitchen remodels, big box overstock counters, display store samples and gently used countertops removed to make room for new kitchens are often found at highly discounted prices. Make any necessary minor repairs and put in sweat equity time to make appropriate choices work in your kitchen.

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    I have the old counter top with the medal strip around it and I used contact paper..You just have to be careful not to cut on it or set anything hot on it..

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