This DIY technique can be done in no time—and it’s way more affordable than a renovation.

By Real Simple
Updated March 12, 2018
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If you can’t stand your dated laminate countertops but a renovation isn’t in the cards, this trick could tide you over until you’re ready for a remodel. The secret: Instant Granite, adhesive-backed vinyl sheets that secure onto your outdated counters like a giant sticker. Adhering the vinyl takes a bit of patience (you’ll want to smooth out every air bubble as you apply it), but the amazing makeover is worth the effort. Once you attach the stick-on sheet and caulk around the rim of the sink, your laminate countertop will magically transform into gorgeous marble. Not bad for a $40 fix!

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What You Need

  • Degreasing cleaning spray
  • Instant Granite, in White Italian Marble, from
  • Squeegee (comes with your Instant Granite order)
  • Utility knife

Follow These Steps

  1. Wipe down the surface of the counter using the degreasing spray until it's completely clean and free of dust.
  2. Measure a piece of Instant Granite the length of your counter and trim the excess, leaving at least 6 inches extra.
  3. Starting at one end of the countertop, peel off a few inches of the backing on the vinyl sheet. Line up the edge of the vinyl with the end of the countertop and slowly start to apply it, using the squeegee to smooth it on and pushing any air bubbles out toward the edges. Continue applying the vinyl a few inches at a time, peeling off the backing as you work. If an air bubble forms, gently peel back the vinyl, pulling it parallel to the surface rather than upwards to avoid stretching out the material.
  4. For the sink area, cut one straight line from the center of the sink to the back of the counter. As you near the sink, use the squeegee to smooth the vinyl around one edge, then cut out the center of the sink, leaving some excess. Cut tabs in the vinyl so that you can get close to the rim of the sink. Continue working around the entire edge of the sink. Once the vinyl is completely adhered, use the knife to trim off the tabs.
  5. Fold the vinyl down around the edges of the counter. At the corners, fold the vinyl as you would on a package. Holding the knife parallel to the edge of the counter, trim off the excess vinyl.
  6. To make the seal waterproof, caulk around the sink.