Covering Counter Tops with PaperIllusion

Posted in Product Information at 2:18 pm by Carrie Wigal

Q. I haven’t received my paper yet, but I’m preparing to do my countertops…..I have searched the internet for tips, but I cannot find anything. Do I rip the paper the same as I would if applying to the walls? Also, should I use polyacrylic, or is there another product you suggest as a sealant? I wish there was a video on how to paper countertops. Any tips would be appreciated.

A. Yes, you would rip the paper just as if you were hanging it on a wall. The only difference is the preparatory work getting your surface ready and what happens after you apply the Paper Illusion wallpaper.

Here’s a link to the directions on how Mandie did her counter as pictured here in our Paper Illusions Photo Gallery. You’ll need to scroll down the pages once you click on the links for the pictures and directions.

Another person, Jess, gave details on how she did her counter tops at our “Paper It Fun!” Discussion Forum. Check out how she did her counter tops as well.

I’m putting together a project sheet using the info from these two ladies and hope to actually do this project myself in our bathroom. I planned on taking before, during & after pictures…but making a video actually sounds like a great idea as well.

Good luck, and PLEASE let me know how it turned out. I’d love to hear how you did it and if you can take some pictures, I’ll be happy to feature them in our photo gallery.

Thanks again for writing…and have fun papering it!



  1. linda said,

    January 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    My countertops were so ugly and I was thinkin of painting them and I came across the paperillussion page on the internet..Monday I went and Purchased a roll of Fresno Green @ lowes, thought what do I have to lose anyway I prepped my countertops, and began tearing paper, it was really very easy and today is Friday and my kitchen looks as if Joan Steffend & friends just left……….they are gorgeous…My sister loved mine so much that we are doing hers in a couple of weeks….Love my Kitchen counter tops now…PS, I have never done this before but have used minwax polyacrylic, on decopaging containers and have washed them for years and the poly is still holding up.

  2. Criss said,

    November 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    My 40 yr old white with stain counter tops needed help. So I ordered Green Apple and wow. I decided to cut the pieces up instead of tearing, I didn’t like the look of the white veins. I cleaned the counters with TSP, then a liquid sander before I sprayed them with a primer.

    My only regret is I used the epoxy compound used on bars. Clear coat I think it’s called, it says one layer is like 60 layers of poly. It gives it a hard shinny service but I ended up using three boxes of of the product at 20.00 a box for 2 average counters.. If I could go back I’d use the polyacrylic or maybe a shellac. I don’t recommend the bar epoxy, the paper soaks it up and you have to fill in holes, dimples and dry spots.

    But the color is beautiful on the counters, it looks very professional.

    I used three other colors in my bathroom, it really updated a old room.

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