Don't let Henry discourage you! Sure it's better to replace the countertop, but if you have a tight budget like me (I'm on a fixed income and won't be able to replace my countertop for at least a year), painting works. Also, what Henry says about paint in your food is correct (over time)t, but I've always used a cutting board on my counter for cutting any foods anyway. Here's what I did on my 1955 formica counter. I cleaned thoroughly with TSP, sanded, cleaned, primed with Kilz, put two coats of good latex gloss enamel (white) on, then for interest I took a latex gloss in Hunter green and a sponge and made 3-1/2" squares(the white lines I left look like grout) to look like ceramic tiles. Then I used a water-based polyurethane (3 coats with sanding in between) to seal it. It looks great and I get many compliments on it. It will do just fine until I can get a new countertop. Good luck.