A Formica countertop, while durable, is not invulnerable to scratches and dents from silverware, pots and pans and other daily abuse in the kitchen. You can extend the lifetime of the Formica countertop by staining it -- changing the color will hide these imperfections and create a new look. The procedure is straightforward and requires a few supplies from a hardware store and a few tools that most homes already have available. No special safety equipment must be worn when staining the Formica countertop.

Step 1

Remove everything from the surface of the Formica countertop. Spray the countertop with a household cleaning spray and wipe it off with a soft cloth.

Step 2

Outline the countertop with painter's tape. Tape plastic tarp to the outside of the painter's tape on the sides, top and bottom of the countertop with masking tape.

Step 3

Press the edge of a piece of fine-grit sandpaper against the top left edge of the countertop, inside the painter's tape outline. Drag the edge of the sandpaper across the countertop to the other side until you reach the painter's tape. Return to the left side of the countertop and repeat this procedure to rough up the entire surface area of the countertop.

Step 4

Apply lacquer thinner to a soft cloth. Wipe the surface of the countertop with the cloth to remove dust and other contaminants that arose from the sanding. Let the lacquer thinner dry for the length of time specified on the instructions on the side of the can before continuing.

Step 5

Stir the can of epoxy paint with a wooden stir stick. Dip the paintbrush in the epoxy paint. Press the brush against the top left edge of the countertop, inside the painter's tape. Paint across the countertop to the other side, stopping when you reach the painter's tape. Return to the left side of the countertop and repeat the procedure to paint the entire surface area of the countertop. Let the paint dry for the length of time specified on the instructions on the side of the can before applying another coat of paint.

Step 6

Remove the strips of plastic tarp and the painter's tape. Spray the countertop with a household cleaning spray and wipe it off with a soft cloth.