The 5 Best DIY Countertop Refinishing Kits of 2023

We recommend the DAICH SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit

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If you're not ready to replace them, a DIY countertop refinishing kit allows you to refresh the look of your countertops without making a significant investment. We researched dozens of the top refinishing kits on the market, rating them on ease of application, adhesion, and durability. 

These are the best DIY countertop refinishing kits to spruce up your kitchen, bathroom, or wet bar.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

DAICH SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit

DAICH SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit


What We Like
  • Thorough step-by-step directions included

  • 10 finish colors available

  • Mildew and stain resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Continues to cure for 7 days

  • Tile must be prepped with separate product

Our top pick is DAICH SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit because it comes with thorough application guidance and is available in several colorways to fit any room's aesthetic. This low-VOC refinishing kit features three different coats, and the second coat is mixed with real stone for strength and a realistic finish. On top of providing a new finish to existing countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, this formula is also mildew and stain resistant, making it a great alternative to worn-down wooden countertops.

A roller, small detail brush, and sandpaper are included so you don't have to purchase any additional tools. However, if you plan on covering a tile surface, you'll need to purchase ElastoLock to apply two thin coats to the tile before your start the formal application process. The instructions offer clear guidance on prepping your workspace and surface and detail exactly how each coat should be applied. The final clear coat needs to cure for 24 hours before you resume the use of your countertops, but all of the layers will continue to cure for up to 7 days for extra durability. With a longer curing process, you should be careful to avoid cutting foods on the surface or placing hot pots or pans directly on your counter. While the thought of applying three separate paints may seem daunting, you'll be surprised by how simple the process can be and you'll be pleased to see all existing flaws and finish imperfections disappear from your counters to transform into a durable, even, semi-gloss stone surface.

Price at time of publish: $148

Application Method: Brush or roller | Dry Time: 24 hours | Coverage: 30-40 square feet | Surface: Composite, vinyl, concrete, masonry, and wood

Best Budget

Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating Tint Base Countertop Resurfacing Kit

Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating Tint Base Countertop Resurfacing Kit


What We Like
  • Antimicrobial

  • Won't chip or scratch easily

  • Rust-preventative for industrial surfaces

What We Don't Like
  • Primers required for wood and metal surfaces

  • Longer dry time

If you're looking for a more affordable countertop refinishing option, consider picking up a can of Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating. It's formulated with epoxy and acrylic to restore laminate and other synthetic materials, leaving counters with a smooth, durable, scratch-resistant finish. The light base can be tinted to 12 different colors (just go to your local hardware store's paint counter to request a tint) or left as is for a white satin sheen. We appreciate that this coating is antimicrobial to resist moisture and daily wear in kitchens and bathrooms.

This formula is meant to be used on vinyl, metal, or wood, so you apply it to surfaces like laminate countertops, metal bar tops, or wooden workbenches. Keep in mind that you will need to prime wooden and metal surfaces with Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Flat White Primer or Rust-Oleum Clean Metal Primer. This formula covers as much as 25 linear feet, which is slightly less than what other refinishing kits can cover. It is dry to the touch in just an hour but requires 3 days to fully cure. This curing time is also longer than other formulas, but we still think the payout on this formula is worth the longer wait, especially given its simple roll-on application method.

Price at time of publish: $35

Application Method: Roller, brush, or sprayer | Dry Time: 3 days | Coverage: 25 linear feet | Surface: Metal, vinyl, and wood

Best for Bathrooms

Beyond Paint Multi-Surface Sealer All-In-One Countertop Makeover Refinishing Kit

Beyond Paint Multi-Surface Sealer All-In-One Countertop Makeover Refinishing Kit


What We Like
  • No prep or primer needed

  • Quick drying time

  • Can also be used on cabinets and furniture

What We Don't Like
  • May not be best for surfaces that receive harsh use

If your bathroom counters could use a facelift, we suggest getting a Beyond Paint Countertop Makeover Refinishing Kit. The unique low-VOC, water-based formula is a bonder, primer, and finisher all in one and is supposed to be resistant to mildew and fading. This formula also has an impressive dry time of just 2 to 4 hours between coats.

You also don't have to strip or sand your countertops before starting the process—just be sure they're free of sticky messes or any other residue. Once the solution cures, you'll have a completely washable surface that imitates granite countertops thanks to the included countertop flecks. We are slightly skeptical of whether this formula is completely resistant to heat and chips, so we recommend being mindful of where you choose to apply this finish. This multi-surface product can also be used on cabinets, fixtures, and other bathroom accessories if you're feeling inspired to transform a whole space.

Price at time of publish: $100

Application Method: Roller | Dry Time: 2-4 hours/coat | Coverage: 50 square feet | Surface: Not listed

Best Granite Finish

Giani DIY Granite Countertop Paint Kit

Giani DIY Granite Countertop Paint Kit


What We Like
  • Thorough instructions provided

  • Customizable pattern application

  • High-shine finish

What We Don't Like
  • Advanced application process

  • Finish can wear off with prolonged water exposure

If you like the appearance of granite countertops, a Giani Granite Countertop Kit allows you to customize your counters without splurging on specialty cut granite. This kit is available in several finishes ranging from White Diamond to Bombay Black. It's compatible with an impressive list of surfaces, but you will have to sand certain surfaces before applying (Corian, wood, metal, culture marble, and ceramic tiles).

The application process for this kit is much more involved than the other products we've featured in this roundup, but Giani provides incredibly detailed instructions to guide users through the experience. Although daunting, we can appreciate the freedom that comes with creating your own "granite" sponge pattern across countertops. The high-shine finish is comparable to real granite, making this kit even more worth the effort. Keep in mind that the layers require 24 hours to dry to the touch (refrain from using your dishwasher during this time) and you can replace light appliances on your kitchen countertops after 3 days. The full cure time is 14 days, which is incredibly long, but ensures the formula completely dries and seals to withstand regular wear. Since this is a water-based formula, you can only use soap and water to clean it, and prolonged water exposure can result in the top coat dissolving. If this happens, allow the area to dry fully before touching it, and then reapply the top coat.

Price at time of publish: $110

Application Method: Roller and sponge | Dry Time: 14 days | Coverage: 35 square feet | Surface: Formica, Corian, laminate, backsplashes, primed plastic, fireplace mantels, wood, metal, cultured marble, ceramic tiles, real granite, real concrete

Best for Tile

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit


What We Like
  • Self-leveling formula

  • Dries to touch in 1 hour

  • Same durability as porcelain or tile

What We Don't Like
  • Cannot be exposed to water for three days while drying

The Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit is a great option if you're looking to resurface ceramic or porcelain tile counters. This refinishing kit comes with a two-part epoxy-acrylic formula that can be prepped and painted within hours. Just be sure to use the whole kit within 6 hours of mixing. This is a self-leveling formula that will eliminate air bubbles as it dries over a 3-day period.

You do have to do a bit of prep before applying this formula: be sure to completely clean the tub or tile, remove any caulk, and sand down the entire surface with 400 or 600-grit sand paper. You can brush this finish on with a fine bristle brush, but you can also use a short nap roller for a speedier process. Once cured, your tile countertops or tub will be completely transformed with a hard, protective coating that resists moisture damage and corrosion.

Price at time of publish: $43

Application Method: Roller or brush | Dry Time: 3 days | Coverage: 70-110 square feet | Surface: Ceramic, fiberglass, porcelain

Final Verdict

Our top choice for resurfacing counters is the DAICH SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit. This user-friendly three-step system allows you to create an entirely new surface with a formula containing real stone. With that said, Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating is an excellent option if you're on a budget. The affordable, easy-to-use solution can be tinted to several colors and leaves a smooth, durable finish.

What to Look for in a Countertop Refinishing Kit


​​Depending on the countertop refinishing kit you choose, the application process may require several steps. Some require stripping and sanding your existing counters, while others can be poured or painted on top and will cure over a short period of time. Our best for bathrooms pick, the Beyond Paint Countertop Makeover Kit, does not require any priming or additional surface prep before application. It's also a 3-in-1 formula, so you don't have to apply a sealant either. Kits that arrive with all of the necessary tools, such as brushes and primers, also make the application experience much less stressful.


Some countertop refinishing kits, especially certain paint formulas emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have a strong smell and can be harmful to inhale—when they are heavily concentrated indoors. Look for kits that tout low or no VOCs, and always wear a mask when applying a substance that may contain chemicals. As an added step, make sure to open a window or two for proper ventilation in the process.


Keep an eye out for countertop refinishing kits that promise moisture, chip, and scuff resistance. This will help maintain the look of your kitchen and bathroom countertops for a longer period of time, and ensure they're well-equipped for handling the wear and tear of everyday life. Most kits come with a finisher or topcoat as a final step. This will seal your work and secure its resiliency for the long run. Our best granite finish pick, the Giani DIY Countertop Granite Paint Kit, is a water-based formula, so it will deteriorate with prolonged or excessive exposure to water. However, the reapplication process is simple, and if you pay careful attention to the manufacturer's care instructions, your finish should not be affected.

  • How do you refinish a concrete countertop?

    Concrete countertops can be tricky to refinish because you typically need to remove the sealer on top first. This may require sanding or for you to chemically strip the sealer off. However, if your counters are in good shape and you’re looking to restore their former luster, a simple wax and re-buff may be enough to make them shiny and new again. 

  • How do you refinish a bathroom countertop?

    To refinish a bathroom countertop, you’ll first want to remove the sink faucet. This is to ensure not paint accidentally touches the sink parts or basin. You can alternatively cover the sink in plastic sheets and carefully tape the edges. To prep your counter for a refinish paint, you should start by sanding off the sealant from your existing counters, then tape off the edges of both the surrounding walls and your sink. Some countertop refinishing kits don't require sanding before application, so be sure to read your kit's instructions closely. After you've finished any necessary prep work, mix up your countertop refinishing kit and get to work. Don’t forget to seal the countertop with its respective sealant or resin formula. Dry time will vary between kit brands, so check your kit's instructions before exposing your countertop to water again.

  • How do you refinish a laminate countertop?

    Laminate countertops can easily be refinished. Depending on the type of laminate countertop, these counters can usually be painted over, covered with contact paper, or refinished with a counter refinishing kit to look brand new. Just make sure to thoroughly clean the surface before applying your desired refinishing method, and finish it off with a few coats of an appropriate sealant.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Emma Phelps, an Updates Writer for The Spruce, revised this article to reflect the latest products available for DIY countertop refinishing. To better understand application methods, Phelps conducted extensive research on popular kit brands, necessary tools, dry time, and coverage possibilities.

This roundup was originally written by Theresa Holland, a freelance writer and homeowner with substantial professional and personal experience covering home improvement products. You can find more of her writing on Byrdie and MyDomaine. Additional reporting was done by Mackenzie Dunn, a writer and editor with expertise in the fashion, beauty, home, and lifestyle spaces. She enjoys covering a wide variety of topics from decor trends to cleaning hacks and has a penchant for curated bookshelves and cozy throw blankets.

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