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Kitchen island bench with black stool chairs.


Giving your kitchen an updated, modern look is as simple – and easy – as painting your kitchen benchtop. Give it a go yourself – you'll be surprised what a difference this small change like this can make.


1Get rid of the old silicon

Before you do anything, you'll need to get rid of all the old silicon – that's the stuff that joins your benchtop to the tiles or splashback. Use a silicon scraper for this – get right in there and make sure you pick all of it out. For stubborn patches, you may want to use Selley's Silicone Remover and some 180-grit sandpaper.

Person removing old grout between kitchen bench and wall tiles.

2Prep your surface

Once you've done that, brush the silicon away and give the surface a good clean with sugar soap and warm water. You want your area to be as free of grease, grime and dirt as possible before you get started – it needs to be squeaky clean so that the paint adheres properly. You don't want any nasty mould spores sticking around before you paint - get rid of them with a spray-on mould killer. A word of warning: this stuff's pretty potent, so open the windows, put some gloves on and maybe wear a face-mask – especially if you're sensitive to chemicals.

Person pouring sugar soup into bucket.

3Rough it up

Once you've done this, grab some steel wool to lightly rough up the surface of your bench top – this helps the primer to stick. If you've got a really glossy surface, you might want to use some sandpaper for this part. After you're done, wipe off all the dust and grit off and you're ready for your primer.

Person sanding edge of kitchen bench.

4Time to prime

Before you do anything else, make sure you mask up all your edges so you don't get paint over other parts of your kitchen. Once that's done, it's time to pour out your primer – we've used the Dulux Renovation Range Plastic and Laminate Primer. This comes with the primer in a tin and a tube of additive in the blue lid. Add all the additive to the tin, and stir for two to five minutes, then pour your primer into a 110mm tray and grab your roller. Start from one end and roll the primer evenly across the surface of your laminate benchtop – you'll know where you've been as it will look wet. You need to leave adequate time for your primer to dry – eight hours is optimum.

5Time to paint

You're ready for your top coat! Like your primer, your Dulux Renovation Tiles & Benchtops comes with an additive. Add it to your tin and stir for two to five minutes. Pour into another tray and begin to paint. Use a roller and make sure you do long, even strokes across the top – you'll probably want to use a brush for the edges and corners. You should apply two coats and remember: between each coat use an empty roller to go over the surface. This is called ‘laying off' and means you'll have a nice, smooth, even finish. If you like, you can apply a clear protective coat to your surface, but this isn't compulsory.

6Re-apply your silicon

Once your paint is dry you can remove your tape and re-apply your silicone. There are various ways you can do this – we applied ours with a slow pressure on the ‘gun', working away from the body. Once you've applied this, use the nifty custom tool to make sure it's nice and smooth.

Person using caulking gun to add grout between kitchen bench and wall tiles.

7Job done!

You're done! And you've got a simple, easy and stylish way to redo your kitchen bench without having to replace it. Now sit back and enjoy the view…

Kitchen bench with vase and dried flowers.

8Keep watching

Watch the full episode and more D.I.Y. projects from Make It Yours Episode 1: Kitchen Makeover by Haus of Cruze.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.