Countertop paint is great for homeowners and renters alike.With such a small price tag (Rustoleum sells a kit for around ) countertop kits are great band-aids for outdated surfaces while you save up for that Carrara marble.

If your wood or laminate countertops are damaged, you can simply fill in holes and cracks with wood filler and sand with 600-grit sandpaper before continuing.

Then you’ll coat with the included black primer, which will show through the layers of colors you daub on top.

Updating your kitchen can bring a high return on your decorating investment.

But a major kitchen remodel can be very expensive (take this quiz to find out how much you know about remodeling a kitchen! Making minor improvements over time is one of the best (and smartest) ways to keep this high-performance room in good working order as well as looking updated.

This kitchen’s ambiance was dated by its swirling brown laminate countertops, although the surface was in excellent shape.

If yours isn’t, repair any chips or dents with two-part epoxy putty before starting, but don’t try to install Countertop Transformations over buckling, peeling or bubbling laminate. Whether it’s just a touchup with a favorite hue or an entirely new shade that will grace your entrance, take note of these helpful hints before you pick up your brush.

Rust-Oleum also makes a countertop redo kit, Countertop Transformations, for a textured surface that mimics the feel of stone.

The process uses decorative chips rather than paint and is designed to adhere to laminate countertops, although it will also work on hardwood and metal trim. The colored chips are available in several neutral finishes: Pebbled Ivory, Desert Sand, Java Stone, Onyx and Charcoal (shown).

One of the many things you can do to transform your kitchen is to change your countertops.

If completely replacing them isn't an option for you right now, updating your existing laminate with countertop coating is a great way to achieve a new, fresh look without breaking the bank.

The paint is designed to cover laminate, solid-surface, ceramic tile, wood or cultured-marble countertops.