How to Give Formica Countertops a Rustic Look How to Give Formica Countertops a Rustic Look

What You'll Need
Oil-Based Paint (2 Different Colors)
Coarse Sandpaper
Wood Stain
Polyurethane Finish
Heavy Chain
Paint Brush
No. 2 Pencil

Giving Formica countertops a rustic look has become a popular refacing project for homeowners who want to give their old countertops a revamping. A rustic looking Formica countertop adds warmth, character, and a homey feeling to a kitchen. Giving your Formica countertops a rustic look is not difficult. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions below to give your countertops a new life and a new look.

Step 1 – Sand the Formica Countertop

Use coarse sandpaper to roughen up the surface of the Formica countertop. Use it to scuff up the edges of the countertop to give the surface a well-worn appearance.

Step 2 – Hammer into the Formica Countertop

Use a hammer to lightly hammer the heavy chain into the countertop surfaces. This creates indentations in the countertop and makes it look more worn. The goal here is to replicate the the effects of wear and tear. However, do not overdo it. You do not want the Formica countertop to actually get damaged.

Step 3 – Paint the Countertop

Paint the Formica countertop to make it look old. Apply a layer of oil-based paint to the countertop with a paint brush. Let the paint dry. After the paint is dry, apply a second layer of paint with different color. Lightly dip the paint brush into the paint. Then, wipe off some of the paint on the brush with a cloth, and brush the countertop surface again. This gives the countertop a streaked appearance.

Step 4 – Create Tiny Specks on the Formica Countertop

Dip the bristles of the toothbrush in the wood stain. Then, flick it onto the countertop. This creates tiny specks on the countertop, which creates a rustic look.

Step 5 – Apply the Wood Stain

Apply the wood stain onto a section of the Formica countertop. Then, wipe it off with a cloth until you get the desired shade color. This is a technique which gives the countertop a natural look by contrasting different wood grain shades. After you have finished with one section, continue this process for other sections of the countertop until the entire countertop surface is stained. Apply more wood stain around the countertop edges. You want the edges to have a darker color, as these areas usually get more wear and tear.

Step 6 – Create Cracks

Create false cracks with a No. 2 pencil by making marks randomly on the Formica countertops.

Step 7 – Create Tiny Wormholes

Create tiny wormholes on the painted surfaces by pounding the pointed nails onto the countertop. This creates the impression of century-old wood. You may want to use different sizes of nails to create more realistic wormholes.

Step 8 – Finish

Apply several layers of polyurethane finish to the Formica countertop. Let each layer dry completely before you apply a new layer.

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