Countertops for Under $150

Alex, I’ll take countertops for $150, please….Can you redo or replace your kitchen countertop for $150 or less? 

Yes!  You have not one, but two choices for countertop makeovers for under $150, with the first option costing less than $75!  If you’re considering redecorating your kitchen on a budget, try one of these for ugly countertop solutions:


Can you paint your countertop?  Of course…you can pretty much paint anything.  What you need to do is use a primer to make the paint stick to the surface properly.  I certainly wouldn’t recommend painting over granite or marble countertops, but if you have a hideous laminate with scars and stains, consider a paint makeover.

  • You’ll need to rough up the surface and make it smooth to help the paint stick to it.  Lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper.
  • Wipe down to remove all dust and any dirt.
  • Paint with a quality primer such as Kilz – make sure it is appropriate for non-porous surfaces.
  • Apply 2-3 coats of glossy paint or a faux finish – how about getting those fancy marble countertops through a faux finish!
  • Allow to dry thoroughly, at least 24 hours.
  • Apply several coats of polyurethane to seal the deal.

Wood Countertops

When in a design dilemma, Ikea can come to the rescue, and in countertops, once again, they’re our knight in shining armor.  Ikea offers precut wood countertops for under $150, you simply cut the length down to size, sand and plunk it on the cabinet.  Since most countertops are a standard width, 25-3/4 inches, it should only need one straight cut for the length.

If you have a straight, smaller surface that needs help, this is the perfect budget solution for kitchen countertops.  The countertop is solid wood and offered in Birch, Beech and Oak.  It’s an easy DIY solution for kitchen counters that looks like a custom countertop.  For an 1-1/2 inch thick solid Oak countertop, measuring the standard 25-3/4 inches in width and over six feet in length, the cost was only $129. 

If you’re kitchen needs a budget makeover, consider using one of these solutions for a sleek, new countertop.