The key reasons why you shouldn’t paint your kitchen worktops

Painting Worktop

It’s a question that we’re often asked here at Savoy Timber, especially by customers looking to give their kitchens an entirely new look. But we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news – it’s almost certainly not a good idea. Painting your kitchen worktops isn’t quite like painting your decking, as a lot of the reasons you shouldn’t do so are generally centred on hygiene and safety. Here are some of the most important things to bear in mind!

Should I paint my kitchen worktops?

The short answer is no. The majority of worktops are made from laminate, and one of the characteristic qualities of laminate is that it’s impermeable. This makes it impervious to water damage, as well as stains from liquids or foodstuffs, but it also means that the varnish or paint won’t bond properly with the surface.

This means that, best case scenario, it’ll be an extremely difficult job and you’ll end up with a very thin patina of paint across the surface of your worktop. Since it’s not bonded properly to the surface though, it’s not going to be very resilient. Casual bumps and knocks are likely to take sizeable chips out of the paint, which means that no matter how carefully you apply the coating, it’s probably going to look battered and worn in next to no time at all.

Most importantly, these imperfections can provide the perfect little niches to harbour germs, which will quickly create a highly unhygienic work surface. So not only will you end up with a kitchen worktop that looks excessively cheap and worn, but it might also end up being actually unsafe.

What if I don’t have a laminate kitchen worktop?

Of course, not every worktop is laminate. You may have a granite or marble kitchen worktop, but those tend to be quite expensive. It wouldn’t make an awful lot of sense to spend all that money on one if you’re only going to paint over it anyway, especially as it can give quite such uncertain results.

A timber worktop can be painted over if you’ve got the right amount of paint, but even that can carry with it a not-inconsiderable amount of risk – as well as being flipping hard work, to boot!

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So what should I do instead of painting my worktop?

To be honest, if you’ve got a particular colour or style in mind for your laminate kitchen worktop, it’s far easier to replace it with a brand new model rather than trying to literally paint over the one you’ve got. It’s also worth considering that today, there’s no shortage of choice on the market!

That’s especially true of our own stock right here at Savoy Timber. We’ve got laminate kitchen worktops in a huge range of styles and colours, so if you’re looking for something specific we’re sure to have it. If you want to keep things simple and straightforward, our Wilsonart Matt Slate worktop and Blocked Oak Laminate kitchen worktop are both perfect examples of universally popular worktops that fit in a wide variety of environments and interior designs.

Or if your tastes are a little more contemporary, you might like our Blanc Chamonix laminate kitchen worktop, which has an effortlessly clean white shade that can give any kitchen a nicely sophisticated touch. And don’t forget that it doesn’t necessarily have to be one smooth, solid colour – we also stock worktops in a range of intriguing effects, such the subtle veined effect of our Duropal Compact laminate worktop, or the wow factor of our high gloss kitchen worktops.

As for which one works best for your kitchen… well, that’s all up to you! You can browse our range right here on our website, or if you need any help or advice don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0345 0268 799. We’re here to help!