10+ Great Options for Kitchen Counters


No April Fools day joke today, especially after all the worried comments I got when posting about great April fools day ideas the other day  Let’s talk about DIY Kitchen Countertops instead, that feels like a safe topic to me.

When Justin and I first started our adventures as DIY homeowners, it didn’t seem like there were that many options for countertops especially great options that we could afford.

Retro Red Kitchen

Okay, it wasn’t THIS long ago, but you get the picture, right?  (via) don’t you love the dancing vegetables wallpaper border?

Fast forward a few years, and thanks to the internet, there’s lots of information (and pictures!) out there about many more DIY countertop surfaces.  Not only that, but prices on natural and engineered stone have come down a bit, making them more affordable options for the average homeowner.  If putting most of a kitchen renovation budget into countertops isn’t your cup of tea, there are DIY options out there now with excellent online tutorials.  In a nutshell, there are lots of ways to get the look you want for the price you are willing to pay.

DIY Countertop Pin Pic

Take a look at some of the great DIY kitchen countertop options that are out there:

Design Stocker concrete

Fantastic idea for installing cement over existing tile countertops | Design Stocker featured at Remodelaholic

The Home project stainless steel

DIY stainless steel counters | The Home Project featured at Remodelaholic

The Mustard Ceiling wood door countertops

Countertops made from solid wood doors | The Mustard Ceiling featured at Remodelaholic

Freckled Laundry chalk paint countertops

Chalk paint countertops | Freckled Laundry

Lilliedale copper counters

DIY copper countertops | Lillidale featured at Remodelaholic

PJH Designs wood flooring counter

Wood flooring turned into butcher block counter | PJH Designs featured at Remodelaholic

Designing Dawn painted counters

Glossy painted laminate counters | Designing Dawn featured at Remodelaholic

Domestic Imperfection penny countertop

Penny countertop | Domestic Imperfection 

Kara Paslay Designs concrete over laminate

Turning laminate counters into concrete counters | Kara Paslay Designs

Red Hen Home faux granite makeover

Faux granite countertop makeover | Red Hen Home featured at Remodelaholic

Buckets of Burlap painted butcher block

Painted butcher block | Buckets of Burlap

Imperfectly Polished concrete counters

Concrete countertop tutorial | Imperfectly Polished featured at Remodelaholic

Keeping It Cozy reclaimed wood counters

DIY reclaimed wood counters | Keeping It Cozy featured at Remodelaholic

Russian River Schoolhouse zinc island

DIY zinc and rustic wood island counter | Russian River Schoolhouse 

This Old House soapstone

How to install soapstone | This Old House

Are new countertops in your future?  Would you try any of these DIY kitchen countertop versions?  Check out more gorgeous counter ideas on my Kitchens Pinterest Board.


See also

laundry room cement countertops, featured on Remodelaholic

concrete countertop (how-to here)

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  1. Jake's a Girl says

    I love butcher block, too. Don’t have it in my house but i’m seeing it everywhere in blogland. We’ve lived with granite for the last 14-years and it’s my go to countertop. The cost will choke a horse but if you pick a color to last the ages and any changes you may make you can’t beat it. I would choose it again.
    But I would dream of marble, butcher block and concrete.

    • says

      One of my best friends used contact paper (you know that sticky shelf lining stuff in a faux granite look) during college, it worked like a charm and lasted 4 years and actually looked really great. We even did this in our first house bathroom before we had the chance to remodel.. You just need two people to install it in order to keep it from bubbling and keep it straight. Maybe give it a try!

  2. AmandaT says

    The link for Kara Paslay looks like it’s the previous link for the penny countertop instead of the laminate cement countertop.

    Fantastic roundup… now to decide which one to try!

  3. imlovinmyhubby says

    I was just asking my hubby if he thought that with enough sanding & sealant, if we could cover our mismatched-ugly counter tops with pallet wood. We may just give it a go…thanks for the inspiration!

    • says

      Be really careful using true pallet wood there are LOTS of scary chemicals in pallets, you do not want to mix that with your food. I would suggest finding another type of wood at all costs!

  4. April says

    The granite kitchen counter tops look really classy and elegant but I’m more in love with the reclaimed wooden kitchen counter tops, so unique and quite natural.

  5. Lisa Oglesby says

    A friend gave us some very nice oak flooring, I would like to use it for our kitchen countertops. not sure how to frame it out or a finish any ideas?

  6. says

    I live in a tiny apartment and have old 1″ tile countertops. The grout looks nasty and its sooooooo hard to clean. I’d like to have a counter top that sits on top of it like a glove so I can actually use the counter. Thanks for some great ideas – unfortunately it doesnt work for me. But I did enjoy reading!

  7. Dave says

    Idk if I can upload a pic on here or not via my phone, but I did an unthinkable countertop(yes, I said unthinkable) checkered Pergo…. Let it soak in… Yep, checkered Pergo for a countertop, onto of white cabinets with black handles/knobs. Came out way better than it sounds!

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