5 Rustic DIY Faux Countertops

It’s amazing what the magic of a faux treatment can do to a countertop for a lot less money.  If that method includes going over existing laminate countertops, we’re probably talking about saving even more.  Upon perusing the web for faux countertop ideas, my attention seemed to be drawn to the more rustic styled methods.  Here is a collection of 5 that caught my eye and said, “I think I could do this!”

A few of these can be applied right over any old, new or outdated laminate coutertops.  The others are a little more labor intensive and involve using new materials, but they really pack a punch and end up saving lots of money when you compare then with the cost of the real thing.  

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Can you guess how she got those butcher block stripes?

From Breakfast for Dinner, this dark stained faux butcher block really wowed me.  It is a very detailed tutorial that includes using new wood but at a much lower price tag than real butcher block.


Good bye laminate.  Good bye forever…

From Young House Love, a faux cement countertop treatment that can be applied right over your laminate.  The tutorial gives you all the steps on how to use a product called Ardex with plenty of photos that show you the finished result.

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How fun would it be to write notes to your family right on the countertop?

March Orchid went with a faux soapstone look using chalkboard paint and countertop paint right over her existing laminate. She didn’t give it a finish coat of any kind, so she has been able to write on it, just like a chalkboard.  She even gives a 2 year update on how it’s held up since she first applied the treatment.


Sleek, yet rustic.  Hard to believe this isn’t real soapstone.

All Things New Interiors has another rendition of a faux soapstone countertop treatment that is a little pricier, and it does include a top coat which gives her countertops more durability and a sleeker look.


The BEST faux tips ever on making new wood look like reclaimed!

The Ragged Wren chose to go with faux reclaimed wood countertops.  She even shares her creative tricks on how to make the new wood look like reclaimed wood which had me saying, “hmmm, pretty clever!”

All five of these have well explained tutorials that gave me a good idea of what I’d be up against if I wanted to try them out.

Rather than going for a shinier countertop look, that is certainly lovely, all of these faux countertop ideas would work well to accent a more rusticly designed kitchen or home.

The fact that they’re all diy applications makes then a little more appealing to the wallet, but of course that comes with the task of doing it yourself.

If you had to re-do your countertops right now, which one of these would you choose to do?

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Have a fauxbulous weekend ;D ~ Amy


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7 Responses to 5 Rustic DIY Faux Countertops

  1. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles January 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    I love the reclaimed wood look. I redid my sister’s bathroom countertops with the rustoleum transformations countertop kit- it has held up well, but you have to be careful to not set anything hot on it.

  2. sharleen January 31, 2015 at 2:28 am #

    Great ideas there Amy, thanks for sharing them. I am back to painting faux marble now. so thats another great idea i have found for a counter top. Love it when we find good ideas like these.

  3. Feral Turtle January 31, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    I actually did the faux concrete but I can’t say it would have held up in my kitchen…..seems to be holding up in the laundry area though. Plus I probably used the wrong stuff….lol. Gonna check out that post though. Looks interesting. I love the chalkboard paint idea too. My notes to the family would read, “CLEAN UP YOUR DAMN MESSES!” lol Happy weekend Amy!

  4. Danni@SiloHillFarm January 31, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    What a great round up Amy! I always wanted to do the concrete, but was too chicken!

  5. Heather @ Viral Upcycle January 31, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    Amy, I’m so glad I stopped by.. Counter tops have been on my brain daily now for a couple of weeks. I’m so tired of the easily stained laminate countertops. You have provided me with more options. Yay! Have a great weekend.


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