5 DIY Ways to Get New Countertops for Cheap

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Updating your countertops on a budget is simple and won’t put you into the temptation of overspending. You do not want to go into debt to update your countertops or any home improvement project.

We recently updated our 1850s farmhouse kitchen. When you live in a house that old you know there have been several updates. 

Below are five easy ways you can DIY your current countertops or replace them for cheap. 

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Painted Countertops

The surprising thing is the previous owners lived here for 20 years and the ones before that 50 years! When we moved into our current home the countertops were painted.

Not my favorite choice of color BUT painted countertops will work.  I recently painted the cabinets blue. 

There are several different types of paint to choose from. 

Paint Kits are also available on Amazon here. 

how to update your counter tops DIY for cheap on a budget

Laminate Countertops

We choose to go with laminate countertops for our recent kitchen makeover. If you choose the laminate countertops that are on the floor at stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s you will pay a lot less. We choose this style with a nice curved edge.

Beware the curved edge will cost you more when you order these. If you can deal with the look of what is currently on the floor at your local home store you will save close to a third of the cost of ordering. 

how to update your counter tops DIY for cheap on a budget


Butcher Block

In our last two kitchens, we have always had a chunk of butcher block. In our last home, it was already installed because the owner wanted to update the kitchen for less. I love having the butcher block for the cutting and prepping area.

Plus it just breaks up the look. If you want to start by updating your countertops you can choose one section to put in a butcher block. 

I’m not sure how others think butcher block is the cheapest. It ended up being a little more costly for us because we needed a larger size. I would say it can cost you less than ordering laminate/granite of course but not as cheap as buying the laminate countertop off the floor.


Habitat for Humanity has retail stores called Restore. If you haven’t checked out your local store plan a weekend soon to go. If you love DIY projects especially for your home this is a must check out a store.

I recommend following your local store’s Facebook page. Many of the stores post when they get new items to the page. Since it is a donation center you never know what they will have. When they do get new items you don’t know how long they last. 

Check out our other DIY projects around the homestead here.

Concrete Countertops

I’ve seen this so many times on home improvement shows and always love it. We have yet to try it, and I hope one day we will. 

This project is a little more advanced or intense I would say, but boy will it last you. Here is an instructable on how to do your own DIY concrete countertop. 

What idea are you thinking of to replace/update your current countertops? 

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