I thought about painting my countertop for a very long time. I also looked into other types of counters. Finally I decided, what the heck? If i was going to replace it anyway, what was the big deal? and yes, i use cutting boards and plates and glasses. so food doesn't not touch the surface. and in the end it didn't come out as expected, not great not too bad. but at least i tried. oh, and p.s. i did it all without the help of a man.