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Revamp Your Kitchen Counters with Leftover Sheet Vinyl

We had leftover Sheet Vinyl from our flooring projects and decided to use the off-cuts to transform our kitchen counters!

Kitchen Counters Contact Paper |

You might remember that I covered my kitchen counters in contact paper – not too long ago actually.  About six months ago, I decided to transform my kitchen counters with marble-look contact paper.  I loved the look and feel of the end result and desperately wanted them to be durable as much as they were pretty.  But it was not meant to be.  Six months down the line, I discovered a lot of scratches, and though some spots were repairable, others would not be as easy.  I did not want to recover the counters every six months, so I decided to revamp my kitchen counters with some leftover sheet vinyl from our flooring project. 

Contact Paper did not last |

How to Makeover your Kitchen Counters with Sheet Vinyl

This is really an easy DIY project that you could easily do in an afternoon (depending on the size and shape of your counters of course).  Seriously, removing the contact paper took me longer than applying the new vinyl.  Plus if you have sheet vinyl and adhesive left over this update will cost you nothing.  I’ll take you through the steps below.

Thrifty Thursday Logo |

This project is also part of our monthly Thrifty Thursday Collaboration Series!  This time, I’m Joined by Jaclyn from One Thousand Oaks, Erin from Practical Whimsy Designs and Sara from The Inspired Decorator.  Be sure to check out their posts and show them some love on social media!  Links will be at the bottom of this post.

Always Clean your Surface

As with most DIY projects, this is one of the most important steps.  You want your new counter material to adhere to the surface properly, and therefore you need to clean your counters.  I had to remove the contact paper and the residual glue right back to what my countertops were before.  I’ll expand on the method of how to remove contact paper glue in this post, but lemon essential oil and a paint scraper worked like a charm to get al the glumpy glue off.

Cut the Sheet Vinyl to Size

Cutting the Sheet Vinyl to size |

After cleaning, the next step is to cut, and dry-fit the sheet vinyl flooring to size.  I still have to meet a house where everything is square and straight, and these counters were no exception.  We allowed a little extra on the first cut and then trimmed the vinyl in place to fit the counter precisely.  Measure twice and cut once, always remember that.

Apply adhesive and place the vinyl on your kitchen counter

Adhesive applied to counter |

Now you can apply the adhesive.  We used the same flooring adhesive that we also had leftover from the flooring projects in our bedrooms.  It was a bit tricky to apply, the adhesive readily stuck to the rougher screed surface in our bedrooms and not as readily to the smooth and shiny countertops.  But with a bit of patience, we got it applied evenly across the entire surface.  The adhesive we use needs to be touch dry, and then you can install your sheet vinyl flooring on top.  Be sure to apply pressure evenly over the entire surface to ensure good bondage.  

Sheet Vinyl on Kitchen counter |
Sheet Vinyl on Kitchen counter |

Admire your new kitchen counters

Kitchen Counters After |

We left the counters overnight to make sure the adhesive was adequately cured, and then it was business as usual!  The sheet vinyl we used is safe to use in kitchens and bathrooms, so it is water-safe and wipes clean so easily.  I love the transformation and love the warmth it adds to our kitchen!

Kitchen Counters Vinyl |

Lessons and More Thrifty Thursday Ideas

Am I sorry that I went through the failed contact paper attempt?  Definitely not!  Applying the contact paper made me realise how easy it is to transform outdated kitchen counters.  It also made me realise that I did not want to revert back to the original look and prepared me to do an irreversible upgrade.  Because we could still remove the contact paper, but not the sheet vinyl flooring.  It can be scary to try something so permanent, and contact paper in the interim is a safe, reversible alternative. 

Kitchen Counters After |

I also transformed a side table and picture frames with the leftover contact paper, which I love.  And the inspiration for those projects might never have struck if I had not used it on my kitchen counters.

Do I think contact paper is a bad product to use on counters?  No, I don’t.  But I do think you need to do your homework on which brand you use.  Our options are minimal when it comes to contact paper; we have a couple of designs from one brand.  So I do think if you choose a reputable brand, it will last longer than six months.  I think it is still a great and budget-friendly option to transform your kitchen counters quickly, so don’t be discouraged by my failure. 

And now time to check out more Thrifty Thursday Ideas:

  • Jaclyn used wooden spoons for unique wall art in her kitchen – I love how it looks!
  • Erin painted an old dresser a moody black colour – check it out.
  • Sara gave garden gnomes some much-needed love, just in time to spruce up your summer garden!  (Although it is winter here in South Africa, I love seeing all these summery projects!)

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DIY Kitchen Counters from Leftover Sheet Vinyl |

I’ll see you soon with a new post.  Take care and stay safe!

Junette |

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  • Sara-Lynn

    That’s too bad that the contact paper didn’t last. Live and learn! I really like the block look that the vinyl creates! I hope it lasts a lot longer

    May 28, 2020 at 5:46 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you Sara – I’m happy about the lessons I learnt with the contact paper though. But we love the new counters thus far.

      May 28, 2020 at 8:45 pm Reply
  • Erin

    What a thrifty way to use the rest of your sheet vinyl for a quick counter upgrade. It looks great!

    May 29, 2020 at 11:57 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Erin! I have a hard time throwing off-cuts away, so I’m really glad we got to do something with them! We are so happy with the outcome.

      June 7, 2020 at 8:46 pm Reply
  • Brent

    What a super cool idea. I have to say that’s probably the loveliest and most budget-friendly counter revamp I’ve seen yet!

    October 30, 2020 at 4:39 am Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Brent. Yes – except for the lemon essential oil I had to buy to remove the contact-paper residue, it cost us nothing! And I’m amazed at how it is holding up so far!

      October 30, 2020 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    how did these hold up in the long (or short) term? Do you think sheet vinyl would work over tile countertop too?

    January 20, 2024 at 1:39 am Reply
    • Junette

      Hi Stephanie. It held up great. We’ve since moved out of the house, but they were fine for the couple of years we had those tops. If you install sheet vinyl over the tile, you will be able to see grout lines, so I suggest filling the lines up first to have them flush with the tile before installing the sheet vinyl.

      February 1, 2024 at 1:35 pm Reply

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