Laminate countertops can be repaired and resurfaced at a fraction of the cost of replacement. The cracks and burns are repaired with a special plastic filler, then sanded smooth to fill in any rough or damaged areas. The counter is then sprayed with a special topcoat, which gives the appearance and durability of a new laminate countertop. The process usually takes four to five hours, and your kitchen will be ready to use the next day.
The general ‘rule of thumb’ for painting a house is start at the top and work your way down. I suggest painting gables first, then siding, moving horizontally with the boards. Windows, trim, doors should be done last.