Top Ten DIY Ideas For Painting Your Bathroom Countertops

Painting your bathroom countertops is a relatively straightforward process that can be done in no time. To begin with, sand the surface top, remove any old paint and then prime it with a primer before you can finally apply the new coat of paint on top. Don’t forget to use gloves when applying the primer, and also try to keep the surface wet, as this will minimize the amount of dust or sand that comes off after application.

Top Ten DIY Ideas For Painting Your Bathroom Countertops, Zazzy Home

#1. Faux tile

Faux tile is one of the most popular techniques used to paint bathroom countertops as it gives a very distinct look that resembles that of real tiles used in homes. This particular technique uses glazes, and sometimes even grout lines are added to help enhance the look further.

A stencil based on the pattern desired for the kitchen countertop must be cut using a good pair of scissors so that only bits of it remain where there would be overlap if you were tiling your countertops; these can then be painted on appropriately with a brush or roller depending on what suits you best and also how much work you want to put in at this stage.

A similar technique is the subway tile look, which gives a very distinct and clean look to your kitchen countertops. The paint used should be brushed on with a foam roller as this helps avoid globules of excess paint sticking to the surface, which can be easily sanded off and then added to.

Just like the faux tile, you need a stencil based on the pattern desired for your kitchen countertops, but unlike faux tile here, it would not need any grout lines or glazes, just straightforward paint.

French Country

This type of style combines light pastel colors (often yellows, blues, or greens) and white to give an elegant feel to your bathroom countertop while keeping them solid (not tiled) and avoiding unnecessary decoration. If you are going to use this type of paint for your countertops, make sure that they are not too uneven, or else all the imperfections will show through the final coat, which will ruin the look and even be dangerous.

Top Ten DIY Ideas For Painting Your Bathroom Countertops, Zazzy Home

#2. Marble Effect

This particular technique is straightforward to do but only looks good on darker countertops, as it involves the application of glazes that are applied thickly and then scraped off with a razor blade or a credit card, this will give you an effect like marble where the paint has been removed in some areas and is revealed in others to create an intricate pattern.

You can also use pastes and stencils for additional detail if required once your countertops look as you would like them to. Seal them with varnish, so they last longer while looking attractive at the same time.

There are thousands of shades to choose from, and the surfaces they can be applied on are numerous. To find out what colors would work best in a particular room, it’s a good idea to visit your local paint store and experiment with small samples before making any large purchases or covering your walls with permanent paint. As for its application, there are mainly three things you need to remember:

A.) Use only high-quality paints that will last longer, like oil-based enamels or acrylics, which can easily be found at most local hardware stores.

B.) Use a very fine brush (like an artist’s paintbrush) when applying the paint, so you get as few roller marks as possible.

C.) Always apply several coats to get the desired thickness.

All of these steps will help you get the paint job you’re looking for and, most importantly, a professional finish.

#3. Stencils

Stencils are very easy to use and can quickly give your countertops a whole new look. First, you need to create the desired pattern on paper with a pencil based on the pictures or drawings you have found of interesting ways online, in magazines, etc.

Once you have decided what kind of stencil will work best, transfer this onto either aluminum foil or plastic sheets – if plastic is used, it should at least be labeled as such, so it doesn’t melt when exposed to high temperatures the painting process. It also helps if the plastic sheet is cut out into shapes like circles, triangles, etc. so that it makes applying the paint much easier as well. For the paint to stick on the plastic sheets, you need to use special spray paint designed for stenciling.

When painting with these stencils, take note that it is best to apply only one solid color at first. Then, mix and match different shades until you are satisfied with the final result before applying another coat. You should also consider embellishing your countertops with ornately detailed patterns or images like flowers and leaves etc. – these can be complicated. Still, they are very effective in helping bring out an overall unique look to your bathroom’s décor too.

Course, you can also design your own patterns altogether. Afterward, there’s a need to practice on some cardboard before doing so on your countertop. Otherwise, it won’t look as good as you wanted it to be. Course, finishing touches can also be added by painting the edges. This is mostly done in a brown shade that matches the wooden countertops, but it’s not necessary if you don’t want to.

4. Decals

This is similar to stenciling except that instead of using plastic sheets and spraying special paint on them, decals are made of vinyl material and are already cut ito specific shapes based on what you have chosen. These do not need to be sprayed with anything else other than the regular coat of paint either because they will stick onto the surface effectively by themselves when placed there beforehand.

The benefit of using decals is that they are more flexible and cheaper than stencils as well. However, be aware that once you have placed them on top of the surface, you are unlikely to remove them without damaging the paint underneath or the vinyl material itself. Decals can also be used if you want a one-time design and then something different for another countertop.

This is possible by either cleaning the surface and reapplying another decal when you want a change or peeling off the first decal to reveal what’s underneath.

This is a unique idea that many people have not tried before, so if you want to try that, this may be worth your time.

5. Brushes

This method may not seem very effective at first because it uses brushes, but these are perfect for small areas or perhaps accent pieces. This will create a unie texture unlike your regular painting techniques, which makes it all the more attractive in terms of appearance, especially with marble-like materials where striations could be formed by applying the paint with a roller brush

If you are planning to use liquid paints, be prepared for the mess resulting from spills or splatters. However, if you are using powdered paints and opt for brushes instead of rollers, make sure that these brushes are clean and non-absorbent so no excess paint gets absorbed into them, which could cause extra work later on in terms of cleaning them out before they can be used again.

If you plan on applying the paint in layers, expect the first layer to look a little rough and uneven. This is usually because of the nature of brushes, which can sometimes leave spots or streaks behind when being used over materials that are too smooth or perhaps have been sanded down too much. Always buy good brushes to help you achieve the best job possible even though they may cost more than regular brushes.

#6. Paint Sprayers

Unlike applying the paint through the methods above, where only one coat is required, this method involves two coats because this time, not only do you have to prime it as usual, but you also apply another coat after the primer dries. Again, the advantage of using sprayers instead of brushes or rollers is faster and less messy to use.

It also makes it much easier to cover larger areas quickly, which can be advantageous if you have a large bathroom and need to apply the paint over a wide area.

However, there are also some disadvantages to using paint sprayers. One of them is that it is more challenging to get the paint evenly across a large area. This requires you to have reasonable muscle control over your arms if you want the job done right. Another disadvantage is that spraying too much paint onto a surface will sometimes cause runs or drips, which can ruin the whole sprayed painting job, and this can be very frustrating if you’re applying it for the first time.

This makes it important to know how much paint you have to use. It would also be best if you could spray in a well-ventilated area so as not to choke yourself with the fumes of the paints.

If prefinished surfaces are used, they should be sanded first and washed thoroughly before priming and painting. Then, once the paint has dried, another coat or even two more can be applied for one finish that will last longer than any other methods mentioned above.

And because we’re talking about finishes here, using the right primer is very important to make your painted finish look good and last longer. The three types of primers most commonly used are:

– Latex Primer – WaterBased Primer – Solvent-based Primer

The latex primer is very popular and works well with oil-based paints. It dries fast and sheer, so it’s perfect for furniture or surfaces that will be handled often. This type of primer should still be sanded first before using any paint colors over it.

The water-based primer is good because, like latex, it will stick to surfaces pretty well without the need to sand them all down, but unlike its counterpart, which can only withstand a limited number of coats, this one can take up to five layers of paint before you have to cover up another layer with another coat of primer. And when painting with these types of primers, always remember that you’ll have to wait at least 30 minutes to an hour before applying the paint for it to dry properly.

The Solvent-based primer is often used in factories and is very good for metal surfaces. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find at home improvement stores, so if you’re going to try this type of paint, you’ll have to go directly to a hardware store or a factory where they can provide you with the necessary supplies.

The right selection of paints also greatly affects how long it will last and your final results. Most interior paints nowadays are composed of acrylic latex, which means that they will be able to stick on any surface and be able to withstand high humidity and temperature.

#7. Wallpaper with Faux Stone Texture

For a unique wallpaper for your bathroom countertops that has faux stone texture and that is guaranteed to make any bathroom look more luxurious and stand out from the rest of the dull-looking bathrooms in your house, all you need is this idea: Apply peel-and-stick faux stone wallpaper to the top part of your bathroom counters (do not apply it at the bottom).

This type of wallpaper comes in different colors and styles now, like modern textured, rustic stone, and slate. Although it is sold as wallpaper to be applied on walls, some people have started using it on the tops of bathroom counters or the backsplash for their kitchen countertops instead. Why? Because this type of wallpaper gives an expensive-looking touch to any room without spending too much on a faux stone countertop.

When you apply this kind of peel-and-stick wallpaper on your bathroom countertop, all you need is an Exacto knife with new blades. You can also use various widths of plastic squeegees and different-sized paintbrushes, which will help you make it look more realistic. Paint the background grey first before doing the rest of the steps below:

1) Cut the wallpaper into strips about 2 inches wide. This will allow you to cover the whole bathroom countertop without leaving too much waste paper behind. The wallpaper width that you cut should be equal to the width of your bathroom counters + 1 inch on all sides.

2) Paint a thin layer of white primer undercoat onto the top part (and underside as well) of your bathroom countertops, and then let it dry thoroughly before applying any other layers of paint or wallpaper on top. When dry, tape off all edges with painter’s tape so that no paint seeps out from underneath later.

3) Mix equal amounts of flat grey, black and white paints in separate containers for each color and use them to fill up small plastic squeeze bottles. Fill them up halfway so that you do not run out of paint while working on the project.

4) Apply a thin layer of the black paint with a small brush onto your bathroom countertops and then immediately apply an even thinner coat of the white paint over the top. If you want to create a chipped stone look, leave little gaps between where you have applied the black and white paints.

5) After both layers of grey and white undercoats are dry, use your Exacto knife to cut out patterns on the wallpaper before applying it to your bathroom countertops. You can make some portions flatter or craggier than others by cutting out more pieces so that they do not fit precisely into place. Start at one side of the wallpaper strip and work towards placing them in position by pushing them down until adhesive begins to stick in place.

6) When you have finished cutting out the portions of your wallpaper, begin applying each strip into position on top of your bathroom countertops and then press down so that it sticks. You can use a squeegee or even a credit card to smooth out all the air bubbles underneath. Repeat this process with each strip until you have completed wrapping your entire bathroom countertop in decorative wallpaper!

You may need more than one package of peel-and-stick faux stone wallpaper depending on the size of your bathroom countertops (the bigger they are, the more packages you will probably need). If you do not like how some parts came out after cutting them with an Exacto knife, don’t worry – pull them off and cut out more new pieces of faux stone wallpaper.

#8. Stripes

Another interesting and stylish idea to paint your bathroom countertops is by using stripes as a base coat on your wall; it can either be done with just one color or any combination of colors that you want. You will then use the same color (s) for the pattern on top but in different hues. This gives a very classic look which many may like

The stripes should be first painted down in straight lines across all of your wall’s surface area, making sure not to overlap them at all; then apply another coat over this again, making sure that there are no overlapping lines and wait till it dries before proceeding to the next set of stripes.

Not only will it look good but also, adding a very modern touch to the bathroom and one that is sure to get you lots of compliments from friends as well. Another important point is to make sure that your walls are painted in a similar color for the base coat; this will help give them a smooth finish when all done with your stripes.

9. Colored Glass Tiles

The use of colored glass tiles as a surface for your bathroom countertops can also be done if you feel like doing something spectacularly creative without having to spend muh money at all.

The most difficult part about painting glass tiles is the preparation. You will have to wash them thoroughly with soapy water and then buff the surface of each tile using a damp cloth to get rid of any remaining dirt or stains on its surface. Finally, use a woodblock and fine sandpaper to remove all traces of scratches or chips from each piece of colored glass tile you intend to employ for your countertop’s surfaces.

Once you are done cleaning, drying, and repairing them, it is time to prime your colored glass tiles. First, apply grey primer over the entire surface area of each piece using either a foam brush or an airbrush if you own one.

Cover the area of each glass tile piece with primer until you make sure that every inch of its surface is completely covered. If needed, apply another coat after allowing the first coat to dry up thoroughly. Finally, topcoat the primed pieces using a spray can in whatever color(s) you want your countertop’s theme to be.

Seal it off by applying several coats of clear sealant for protection and to ensure that your colored glass tiles will not have any trouble from staining or chipping in the future.

The result may look a bit tacky if you choose to use only one shade of color, but multiple shades can create something spectacularly artistic, which will surely give a stunning impression to everyone who sees it. Once dried, you can glue them to your bathroom countertop using a silicone-based epoxy adhesive.

Suppose you want to be even more creative with it. In that case, you can also paint the edges of each piece in contrasting colors so that when they are placed together as one unit, the contrast will draw much attention and make everything look ten times better than it originally was before.

#10. Distressed Look

You can achieve a very classic look when you are painting your bathroom countertops with this particular method; It gives them a distressed and vintage touch to the room’s overall look, which works great in most homes.

The technique used is similar to that of faux tiling, but instead of using an actual stencil for tiling, a cutout piece is made from cardboard or other material, depending on what suits you best.

All that has to be done is seal it after painting and then distress it appropriately so that it looks like old tiles which have been chipped over time by too much use and are now unusable and thus being replaced by new ones. The items required for this installation are everything needed in tiling, such as tiles, grout, sealant but instead of gluing tiles to the countertop, you will be painting them instead.

If you want to paint white and then distress it to look like old stones or if you have a brick wall going on around your bathroom, then maybe red could work best with whichever color scheme goes along with it.

Rubbing alcohol can be used for etching purposes, and doing so over colored paints would give off a nice effect when done right. Some might even prefer splashing bleach over the top after painting to get the same kind of an antique touch!

You could either hire someone experienced in faux tiling and let them do the job, or if you feel like doing it yourself, then the steps are quite simple. Just make sure that you know what kind of surface you are working over, as well as any protective covering which needs to be removed beforehand.

The rest is just applying paint on top and imitating the tiling pattern that you require after using your new stencil for creating tiles from cardboard. The countertop should have a solid base and not some hollow form with compartments inside it because you will be using grout, sealant, and a lot of other things in between tiles to get that perfect look, so it is necessary to have an even flat surface over which nothing can get trapped.

You could use an old ceramic tile or pieces of glass based on the size you are working over. Be sure to do a test run in places that will not be noticed or which would not show up after completion because it would be quite annoying to find out that it is too big or uneven only at the end of the project.

A deep base containing latex paint and wood filler can also be used even if its edges get slightly raised above the countertop level. As long as it stays beneath your grout lines, then nothing should bother you!

If you feel like making cutouts from solid pieces of molding instead of using cardboard, then go ahead but make sure you have enough for all four sides; otherwise, no one will even notice what letter shapes were supposed to have been there in the first place!

Painting the tops of your bathroom cabinets is also a very creative idea which makes them look like they have been repainted or even refinished. It depends on the type of look that you prefer to go with, as well as your budget and schedule for completing this project. You might also need some help from either family members or friends for taking down shelves etc., so that you can work around it without any hindrance, so do keep that in mind while working on this DIY job.


Painting your bathroom countertops is a relatively easy process that can be done in no time. You will need to prepare the surface by sanding it, removing any old paint, and then priming it with a primer before you can finally apply the new coat of paint on top. Don’t forget to use gloves when applying the primer, and also try to keep the surface wet, as this will minimize the amount of dust or sand that comes off after application. Thank you for reading! Have an awesome day 🙂


Amy has been blogging about home improvement for over 10 years. During that time, she's learned a lot about designing beautiful interiors. She loves helping her readers create spaces they can be proud of, and she frequently shares tips on everything from choosing the right paint colors to arranging furniture. When she's not blogging, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes cooking, reading, and taking walks outdoors.

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