You can create new countertops in just a few days with little or no money. Painting countertops and stenciling designs on them will transform your kitchen. Start with clean countertops, paint supplies and some stenciling ideas and you are half way there. With the correct finish your countertops will last a lifetime.
Repairs to laminate countertops can be done easily. Instead of painting laminate countertops you may want to install tile inlays. You will need some simple tools, correct measurements and the perfect tile. Be sure to reinforce the countertop as you will weaken it when you cut into it.
Granite countertops and natural stone composite tops are both good choices. However, there is no countertop that is indestructible. However, you can install countertops that with a little bit of attention will look and last for a long time.