The Easiest Way To Repair Laminate Countertop Chips

February 16, 2021

Disclosure
I love the look of my laminate countertops and they've held up well over the last 20 years.

However, when I noticed a few chips, I wanted a quick and easy way to fix the damage, fill those spots and make it look brand new again.

Chips In Laminate kitchen countertop

Way back in 2002, my husband and I found the home of our dreams hiding right across the street.

We'd been looking for something larger in our tiny beach community for over a year.

However, we lived in a generational kind of neighborhood and inventory was always tight.

Houses were often passed down to family members and when they did go up for sale, it was usually a word of mouth transaction.

It's actually how we ended up here. 

We'd always admired the house from the outside. It had a great yard, big enough for a pool, which is something I'd wanted ever since I moved away from the one at my childhood home. 

But we had no idea what lurked behind the front door. 

It was the fireplace that drew us in first. That grand feature took our breath away.

There was an arched doorway, a master bathroom, finished basement and a charming covered porch.

It literally had everything on the list. Including a completely inadequate and outdated kitchen.

And no. I'm not being sarcastic.

You see my husband was well acquainted with my love of decor. He was also well aware of my desire to have a light, bright and {almost} white kitchen.

But being the money guy, he was always silently calculating the cost of things in his head. A move was not going to be cheap. New furniture, a larger yard, the inevitable updating. So he warned me.

Do not find a house with a brand new kitchen...even if those cabinets are dark cherry or oak...and tell me that you want to renovate it.

And I understood. It was a logical request.

So, when we walked into the closet of a kitchen in this home and it clearly needed to be gutted, I think I actually cheered a bit.

I got to put in a new one, from scratch.

Cottage Style Kitchen

Everything in the room, including the laminate countertops, was designed by this girl. A dream come true. 

And almost two decades later, my "new" kitchen looks basically the same.

Oh, I've skirted the sink and changed out the faucet.

And yes, we've had to replace some of the appliances. Not an easy task, but that's another story.

We've even refinished the island we made years ago. And I've made curtains more times that I can count.

But the kitchen itself, has held up pretty well.

Until recently. Recently, when I noticed several chips in the laminate countertop right near the sink.

Chipped Laminate countertop

I tried not to fixate on them. I really did.

I tried to look away or cover them with a dish towel. But they were there, always there, looking at me.

And they had to go.

When I brought it up to Mr. Fix It, he said, It's fine. I barely notice it.

Well that was great, but I noticed it. I could see it from across the room. And it bothered me. A lot.

It looked terrible, dirty, worn and old.

Plus, I was afraid that water was going to make its way into the chipped areas and cause more damage. More dirty looking worn spots. And that would simply not do.

I think it took me about three tries to get my husband's attention and he finally started brainstorming.

At first, we considered one of those epoxy/ paint laminate repair kits, but the reviews were terrible.

So that was out.

Then we started thinking about paint. If we used the right one, it would cover the mess and seal the water out.

But what was the right paint?

Testors Model Paint

My husband said it needed to be an enamel paint to work and so we researched online and found a brand used for model painting. Testors Hobby and Model Paint.

The reviews were outstanding. People said it covered plastic and metal, sealed out water and lasted for years. Even better, it was cheap and came in an endless variety of colors.

Definitely worth a shot.

So we bought several shades and waited for it to arrive.

When it finally showed up, I grabbed a two very thin tipped paint by number kit brushes -they are designed for precision in tight spots - and got to work.

First, we cleaned the area well with alcohol to make sure there wasn't any debris or sticky mess on the countertop that would prevent the paint from adhering well.

Rubbing Alcohol

Next, we held the paint jars up to the counter to see what matched. 

Matching Paint jars to countertop color

One of the colors was super close, but needed just a tad of white added to lighten it up.

Mixing Paint in a small bottle

Then we carefully applied the paint to the chipped spots. 

We went slow, building up the coats one at a time to fill in the areas where the laminate was missing.

Painting Laminate

To do that, we let each coat dry thoroughly before adding more paint. I think it took about 4 coats to fill the spaces well.

We also had q-tips and a toothpick nearby to wipe away any of the excess paint that might've ended up outside of the chipped spots.

Use Razor To Scrape Paint

When the paint was dry, I took a razor blade and gently ran it across the corner seam to dust away any paint that blurred that sharp, dark edge. 

The entire process took less than 30 minutes to complete and when we were done, you couldn't even find those nasty chipped spots. Perfect.

Repaired Laminate Countertop

That was back over the summer. We figured that we might have to do this again sometime in the future, especially since the house is busy and the chips were located near the sink.

But nope, not yet. Today, a good six months later, I went to inspect the area, to maybe take another shot of the repair.

But to be honest, I couldn't find it.

Like I said, it was the perfect fix.

For the perfect kitchen.

Perfectly imperfect. 

Just like I found it all those years ago.

HOW TO REPAIR CHIPPED LAMINATE COUNTERTOP

What kind of countertops do you have?

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  1. Superb. This almost makes me want to have laminate countertops. Almost.

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat! I know laminate isn't usually a popular choice...what I really wanted was mahogany!! This was my consolation prize. Ha!

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  2. Good for you!!! I think I have the UGLIEST laminate in the world, and the darn stuff will last for the rest of my life, and probably follow me to my grave!! Y'all did a great job!!!
    Blessings from the Texas deep freeze! J

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    1. Thanks J! I know laminate is not everyone’s cup of tea. I picked this over stone or granite, because I wanted the countertops to just fade away. And they totally do. Except when they’re chipped. 😉

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  3. Kim, great fix. Worked perfectly. Sometimes just the tiniest of things can make a big impression. Your kitchen is one of the prettiest around..Stay well..xxoJudy

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    1. Thanks so much, Judy!! I just couldn't deal with those chips!! xxoo

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    1. Thanks Jenny!! Just needed to cover those awful spots up!!

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  5. Great job. I did something similar in a house in FL that had some chips in the countertops. A couple of them were deep so I filled them first with a bit of spackling and then did the paint. It held up for the 3 years we were there. Amazing what one can do when you set the mind to it. Yours is REALLY perfect! xo Diana

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    1. Oh - spackle!! That's an ingenious tip, too. And I bet if you mentioned that to a contractor they would shudder...but it worked!! I feel that way about so many of the DIYs we do. I say if you can cheat your way there, go for it. And thank you, Diana. xo

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  6. LOL you are a girl after my own heart. I would not be able to sleep with the chips going on!!!! What a great idea and how easy and inexpensive that was for a fix. You go girl with your crafty and DIY self! Have a great week. xoxo

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    1. Kris, it drove me crazy for months. I knew you’d get it!! I think *someone* must have knocked a dish into the counter on the way to washing it and it chipped the countertop. It didn’t bother my husband, but I was fixated on it. When he made me that curved bench for the room and it looked so pretty, I said, that’s it, they need to go. Hope you’re staying safe and warm in this nutty weather!!

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  7. You and your husband do great teamwork with your house repairs. With the paint color you can’t even tell there’s any chips on the counter.

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    1. Thanks Julie! It was quick and easy and now it’s done! 😉

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  8. Ha, by the end of the day those little chips would have been holes in my head.

    I wouldn't be able to see anything else.

    Such a great fix. I'm going to Pin this, it may help others.

    Cindy

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    1. Glad to hear I’m not alone!! They were all I could see… and thanks for sharing!! Stay warm.

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  9. What a great solution to this very common problem Kim. We sell these bottles over at Michaels too.

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    1. That's awesome, Mary! It's a really nice product. I'm happy to hear that they sell them in the stores. If the stores were open last year when we needed them, it would've made choosing a color a lot easier. We ordered ours from Hobby Lobby online and they were about $1.99 - $2.99 each. Good deal but we did end up with a lot of colors we didn't need.

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  10. You are brilliant! It really turned out perfect , I would never know there was a chip there.
    We have laminate, so someday we might need this tip!

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    1. Thanks Mari! I don’t know about brilliant, but definitely impatient…and I was afraid that the epoxy fixes wouldn’t hold up well and be goopy, so this was our cheat.

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  11. Kim,
    Glad that worked well for you!! It looks great!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie...quick, easy and inexpensive!! Hugs to you friend!

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  12. Well done! The fix turned out fantastic! Thank you for the tips and tricks. I live in a, This Old House, so I do appreciate your tips and tricks. :-)

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    1. Thanks!! And can't wait to see the new kitchen in your old house, Carla!!

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  13. Well...a great idea! You are just too clever! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Kristi! You know me, I'm all about easy...

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  14. Thanks so much for posting this! Now I know how to fix laminate because we have it in our kitchen at the lake....and I love it, BTW....So easy to clean (I use Simple Green) and it doesn't have to be sealed!

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    1. I agree, Ricki, it's very easy to keep clean and it's tough. It's doesn't stain or require any kind of upkeep. And a kitchen by the lake sounds dreamy!!

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  15. What a great way to salvage your countertop! Thanks for sharing, you home is lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cara! I wasn't ready to give up on those chipped spots and the paint worked out really well. I appreciate the comment and hope you'll visit again!

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