Affordable DIY Countertops That Will Blow Your Mind

Last Updated on December 12, 2022

One of the most expensive parts of a makeover for a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room renovation is the countertops. To save money and stay on budget, we have DIYed kitchen counters and a bathroom vanity using 2 different methods. And they turned out GREAT! So if you don't like your countertops but don't want to spend a fortune, try one of these affordable DIY countertop ideas!

The two methods we have used to update our outdated countertops are just TWO of the options out there! I have been floored by all the amazing DIY countertops out there! SO many talented bloggers have come up with budget-friendly options and tutorials. I've found the best DIY concrete countertops, DIY wood countertops and more from around the web. You are sure to find the perfect one for whatever room you are working on!

DIY Countertops That Will Blow Your Mind

DIY Painted Marble Countertops

Did you know you can paint your countertops to look like marble? Yep! I painted the outdated granite countertops in our budget-friendly kitchen makeover and have zero regrets. In fact, I've been so happy with it that I've also done it as part of Attley's bathroom renovation and Avery's bathroom makeover as well! They have been painted for about 18 months now and are holding up beautifully. You can even watch a short video to see how we did it below!

diy faux marble countertop

Faux Marble Countertops Using Contact Paper

If you love the idea of faux marble countertops but are nervous about painting yours like I did, check out these faux marble counters by Anika's DIY Life. Hers turned out beautifully!

diy butcher block countertops

DIY Butcher Block Countertops

These simple but beautiful butcher block countertops by Tidbits are classically beautiful and very affordable! And can we all swoon over the marble accent under the faucet?!

DIY concrete counter and sink

The Easiest DIY Concrete Vanity Top–No Forms or Heavy Lifting Required

When we gave the powder room in our a facelift I used this a concrete overlay using the same technique we used on our DIY concrete fireplace. I had no idea if it would work on a vanity and in a sink, but it totally did! It looked perfect for several years before we tackled our full powder room renovation. This is one of my most popular DIY projects of all time. Thousands of people have done this in their homes. It's gorgeous and only cost me about $20 to do!

DIY concrete countertops in bathroom

DIY Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops are absolutely beautiful, but they are very expensive to hire out (trust me, I know… We hired our the concrete counter for the island in one of our homes). This DIY Solid White Concrete Countertop by Oak Abode is absolutely beautiful and it's super budget-friendly!

DIY white concrete countertop in kitchen

DIY White Concrete Kitchen Countertops

These white concrete kitchen counters by Chris Loves Julia look like solid-surface counters that would cost thousands of dollars. They cost a fraction of the price and look just as beautiful!

DIY wood countertop in kitchen

DIY Wood Countertops

How pretty are these DIY wood counters by A House We Built? Such a high-end look on a small budget!

ebony wood plank countertop

DIY Ebony Wood Countertops

Love the look of rich, dark countertops but don't have the budget for dark stone? Check out these DIY DIY ebony wood countertops by Lemon Thistle.

DIY laminate countertops

DIY Laminate Countertops

Did you know it's VERY simple to cut and install laminate countertops yourself? That's what The Craft Patch did and they look great! And laminate counters have come a long way, y'all! I can't get over how much their laminate countertops look like soapstone!

DIY painted kitchen countertops that look like granite

Faux Granite Countertops

Painting your counters to look like marble isn't the only option. Amanda at Love and Renovations painted her laminate counters to look like granite. It totally elevated the look of her kitchen on a tiny budget!

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DIY Wood Waterfall Countertop

Can you believe that this modern and beautiful laundry room countertop is made out of plywood?! GENIUS! Solid surface countertops like quartz are so expensive. And waterfall countertops are stunning, but they can double the cost! This affordable DIY wood waterfall countertop by Mandi at Vintage Revivals is such a budget-friendly option!

diy wood plank counter top

DIY Wide-Plank Wood Counters

These DIY wide-planked wood counters by Simply Maggie look like solid walnut countertops but come in at a tiny fraction of the price. I am absolutely blown away by this DIY option!

refinished butcher block countertops in kitchen

Refinish and Revive Old Butcher Block Countertops

Last but not least… If you have existing butcher block countertops that look bad, don't give up on them! It took me about an hour to refinish the butcher block countertops in my friend Thea's kitchen. They look absolutely beautiful!

I love all these tutorials! SO many great ideas out there. Even though I really love concrete, I also adored the beautiful wood countertops we had in one of our old houses. Which of these countertop options works best for your renovation? Looking at all these is getting my juices flowing on what type of countertop we should use in our upcoming pantry project.

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  1. This article on affordable DIY countertops is a game-changer! The creative ideas and budget-friendly options presented here are truly mind-blowing. From concrete to butcher block, it’s amazing to see how you can revamp your kitchen without breaking the bank. These tips have definitely sparked my DIY enthusiasm. – James

  2. Like the concrete overlay on the powder room counter and sink – trying to find the products you used to do this and how long it lasted in the sink! Can you help with links? Thanks!

  3. I love the wide-planked wood counter tops! They are absolutely gorgeous. I’m always a fan of contrast and the dark wood against those white cabinets is just right. Granite is so expensive and out of the question for a lot of DIYers but this is an attainable option. Thanks for the idea. I’ll have to keep it in mind for one of my upcoming kitchen projects!

  4. Hi Tasha! I love your site! I am trying (once again) to make my old, dated kitchen look at least a little better by painting the bottom cabinets dark blue and removing doors on up cabinets. However , I am still stuck with old, nasty white laminate counters. I can’t manage a full-on poured concrete job and so when I saw your concrete bathroom counter and sink I wondered if I could try it. You said it cost you about $20 – yippee! But I can’t find where you show how you did it. Can you share how?

  5. Hi,
    This painting counter tops came just when I am thinking about doing my bathroom tops. The house was built in 1965 & I believe what looks like pebble linoleum was used. My question, well there will be two questions-do you think by doing like the marble tops would work on these. There are 3 bathrooms but small tops. My other question in how can I get the directions that you gave without having to have all of the pages printed???
    I really enjoy your website & you are so clever.

    1. Hi Mona! Thank you so much. Painting countertops may be a great option for you, even with a textured surface. I don’t have any posts on painting countertops, but you can click on any of those projects from this post and be taken to the bloggers that give detailed instructions you can follow. Thanks for reading!

    2. Hi Tasha,
      I’m disappointed that not one of these DIY countertop projects include TILE makeovers. Maybe you could address that? Thank you!