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Can I paint my kitchen worktop?
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Old 25-02-2007, 8:10 PM
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Hi we brought some new kitchen cupboard doors today cause i want to do up the kitchen. Problem is i want a black worktop and currently its cream. Could i paint it with anything special and varnish it to stop it scratching instead of replacing the whole thing?

Thanks, any advice appreciated. DIY is not my strong point!!

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Hi we brought some new kitchen cupboard doors today cause i want to do up the kitchen. Problem is i want a black worktop and currently its cream. Could i paint it with anything special and varnish it to stop it scratching instead of replacing the whole thing?

Thanks, any advice appreciated. DIY is not my strong point!!

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i know you can get special paint to cover kitchen cupboard doors, so i am sure that there must be something in a diy store for the work tops but am unsure. If you have gone to the expense of getting new cupboard doors today then its well worth just replacing work tops too, would get a much better finnish.
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Old 25-02-2007, 8:24 PM
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I seriously doubt that there is anything available that would stand up to the punishment that a kitchen work top goes through ..Might be posible to tile it though..

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Thanks for the advice. I would like new worktops but I don't know how id get them home, and im not sure how to take the one ive got now off, or how to cut a new one with the sink hole and stuff... suppose i just thought id try nd cut a few corners! Maybe not...
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perhaps worth asking around your friends im sure they must know a handy man who is capable of cutting and fitting a new work surface for you, to help you out and save you money!
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Old 25-02-2007, 10:49 PM
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I wondered about this about 2 years ago cause DIY is not my strong point! Ended up getting the whole kitchen ripped out and got some one in to replace it. If you have a wickes near you they do cheap worktops and mine still look new. we got some one in to fit and it cost (sorry if it not too accurate)£500 -£600 and that was for 14 ish cupboards including larder and he did the plinths and worktops and basically everything oh yeah the sink too! So if you get someone to put the work top in it shouldn't be too much and get him to pick it up on the way!!! It's worth a try!!
As far as i'm aware there isn't a paint that can with stand the pressures of every day kitchen work. Hope i'm wrong and good luck xxxx
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Old 26-02-2007, 3:04 AM
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Hi we brought some new kitchen cupboard doors today cause i want to do up the kitchen. Problem is i want a black worktop and currently its cream. Could i paint it with anything special and varnish it to stop it scratching instead of replacing the whole thing?

Thanks, any advice appreciated. DIY is not my strong point!!

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Haver you thought about tiling them? I did this when I moved and couldn't afford a complete kitchen refit. I'm not a diy-er either but it was quite easy (using an instruction leaflet from the DIY store!) and as well as looking good it's very hardwearing
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Old 26-02-2007, 9:41 AM
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same here really. i painted my units last yr. with the special primer and topcoat. from dark hardwood to cream. really pleased with it.
but ive no idea if the same method can be used for the tops?
i doubt it though. and ive never seen a paint product just for tops.
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I can't imagine that anyone could make paint that would cope with the harsh treatment that kitchen worktops get. Or that it would look particularly good especially as you want black.
I'd go for new worktop, laminate is cheap enough, you can get it in black, or black granite effect, most diy places will deliver. Or, do what I do & bribe a friend with an estate car or van to collect it with you.
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Old 27-02-2007, 5:07 PM
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hi, thanks for all the advice. i love the tiling idea sparrer - just what did you do about the lip of the worktop? what size tiles did you use? I reckon it would look really good!

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You could also try that sticky plastic that you can stick onto of draw units etc, Im not sure how good this will look or how hard wearing itis but its worth investigating
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hi, thanks for all the advice. i love the tiling idea sparrer - just what did you do about the lip of the worktop? what size tiles did you use? I reckon it would look really good!

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I used 6" tiles in grey marble effect (forgot at first to put the curved edge ones at the front and had to start over!) then painted beading in a darker grey and stuck it on the edge of the actual worktop. I got the tiles and some grouting from freecycle, the beading and adhesive from a DIY store and borrowed my neighbours husbands tile cutter - total cost for an L-shaped top approx 8' x 6' was about £8, a couple of cups of tea and some biccies. Looks great in a lilac kitchen...one of my better DIY jobs even if I do say so meself . Oh and if you look vague enough the person you borrow the tile cutter from might even show you how to use it as many times as you think neccessary!
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Thanks for the advice. I would like new worktops but I don't know how id get them home, and im not sure how to take the one ive got now off, or how to cut a new one with the sink hole and stuff... suppose i just thought id try nd cut a few corners! Maybe not...
I am in the middle of updating my kitchen and went to a local, independent DIY home-improvement store for my laminate worktop (I found them in the yellow pages under DIY). They stocked all the main worktop suppliers so I had a wide choice and I ordered the one I wanted. I then found out that they would also cut me the joint (to link two worktop sections) and the sink hole, add edging, deliver to my home etc - basically anything I wanted. None of the national DIY stores would do this for me and I am happy that I am supporting a local business.

Just a thought on tiled worktops - I haven't any experience of doing this but one downside I read about was that the grout is not easy to clean.

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nice first post too.

anyone in the manchester area, can try a specialist kitchen unit and tops etc company situated just off the famous oldfield rd in salford.
supply only, trade and joe public. very good large selection, and great advice.
they also stock longer tops, than the usual shed type retailers.
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:51 PM
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When I moved into my house a couple of years ago they had bright blue worktops which looked a bit awful to be honest. Anyway, seeing as I had just moved in I decided to give everything a good scrub, including the kitchen work tops.
To my horror the blue just started coming off......and kept coming. So my recommendation would be to buy new work tops. They arent too difficult to fit and sure someone can get them fitted for you. They are heavy though and worth getting at least two people to handle them.
Tile idea is a good one as well, something I hadnt considered.
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Just a thought on tiled worktops - I haven't any experience of doing this but one downside I read about was that the grout is not easy to clean.
I don't have any trouble with cleaning the grouting, my tiled worktop is wiped over with a dishcloth and kitchen cleaner every time I use it, and occasionally a drop of bleach (I have cats who like to sneak onto the worktops when I'm not about) so I find it stays clean without me having to make a special effort.
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I am in the middle of updating my kitchen and went to a local, independent DIY home-improvement store for my laminate worktop (I found them in the yellow pages under DIY). They stocked all the main worktop suppliers so I had a wide choice and I ordered the one I wanted. I then found out that they would also cut me the joint (to link two worktop sections) and the sink hole, add edging, deliver to my home etc - basically anything I wanted. None of the national DIY stores would do this for me and I am happy that I am supporting a local business.

Just a thought on tiled worktops - I haven't any experience of doing this but one downside I read about was that the grout is not easy to clean.

PS This is my very first posting on any forum!
I've often found this to be true, that you'll get much more help & advice in an independant shop. Also someone that knows their stock & if I can do the things I want to without potentially killing myself or blowing up the house!! :rolleyes:
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Haver you thought about tiling them? I did this when I moved and couldn't afford a complete kitchen refit. I'm not a diy-er either but it was quite easy (using an instruction leaflet from the DIY store!) and as well as looking good it's very hardwearing
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This sounds like a great idea, but im just wondering how i would get round the curved edges on my worktops, have you got any ideas? much appreciated.

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Old 15-01-2009, 6:42 PM
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There is a thread somewhere on this forum about tiled work tops. The general opinion was that they are very nasty. I know mine was, I hated it from the day I installed it until the day I ripped it out.
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Hi,

I did this in my old house before replacing the kitchen a few years later when I could afford it.

I lifted my worktops and turned them over - moving the sloping side of the worktop toward the wall then tiled what is actually the underside of the worktop, then applied a strip of wood along the front edge and side edges, ensuring you make it width enough to allow for the height of the tiles you put on top.
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