How to use vinyl to wrap your kitchen worktops

17 April , 2024

Is it a good idea to use vinyl to wrap your kitchen worktops??

I really hated the worktops in the kitchen, and even when the cupboards were painted the worktop still looked awful.  I described it as a baby poo, flecked brown terracotta colour.

We haven’t got the budget to replace it, or the skills, or tools to DIY it (at the moment) so I looked at alternatives to replacing kitchen worktops on a budget.

I researched different options, and it seemed painting the worktops or covering in vinyl were the two options.  The painting seemed very messy and with mixed results.  So I decided to do the vinyl wrapping option on our kitchen worktops.

People on socials who had done this had great results and 6 months+ in it still held up really well.

Of course it isn’t as long-wearing as actual worktops, and yes you will need to be a bit careful. But a month in of having it, I am still very impressed!

The vinyl that I used is heat proof to 75 degrees, so fine to put a cup of tea on, but not a hot pan.

Check out the endof this post for how we are taking care of our new vinyl wrapped worktops.

You can watch me complete the whole makeover on my Instagram, each day is saved as story highlights, but there are also reels of each day.

Or watch here on TikTok

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Part 3 of our budget kitchen makeover for under £250. How to apply vinyl to your kitchen worktops. It has transformed the kitchen!

♬ original sound – The Retro Guy

The kitchen cupboards & tiles painted, and worktops covered in vinyl

What vinyl to use to cover your kitchen worktops?

I decided to use the D-C-Fix Ribbeck Oak Wood Sticky Back Vinyl for the job.  You can buy from Amazon here* they do various lengths and widths.

I purchased it from The Vinyl Superstore here I had to get 90cm width and 7 metres, as on the sink side I had 2 end overhangs and wanted to do a join towards the back. 

a roll of D-C-Fix Ribbeck Oak Wood Sticky Back Vinyl

The kitchen cupboards & tiles painted, and worktops covered in vinyl

How to prepare your worktops before you wrap them in vinyl?

First you need to remove any old silicone from the edges of the worktops, I made the mistake of doing this after I had painted the tiles and ruined a few.  So do this first if doing painting the tiles too!

Use a sharp knife to cut the silicone aout and make sure all is removed.

You then need to clean your exisiting worktops really well, I used elbow grease spray and the pink stuff paste.  Make sure there are no crumbs, or anything that will be trapped under the vinyl and that will leave a bump. You also need to make sure they are grease free so the vinyl sticks really well.

Then make sure they are fully dry before moving on, the vinyl will not stick to any wet patches.

cleaning products I used to clean my worktop Elbow Grease pink stuff
cleaning products I used to clean my worktop Elbow Grease pink stuff

Kitchen worktops covered in D-C-Fix Ribbeck Oak Wood Sticky Back Vinyl

What tools do you need to apply vinyl to kitchen worktops? 

You need a sharp knife to cut the edges, some sharp large scissors, a plastic smoother with a felt edge and a heat gun or hair dryer.

You can get a kit with the scraper and knife here*

cleaning products I used to clean my worktop Elbow Grease pink stuff

How to apply vinyl to your kitchen worktops

If you have more than one side to do, start with the easier one, that hasn’t got a sink or cooker etc so you can get used to the technique.

It is not difficult to do, but you need to take it slowly, and be patient. Some people find it easier with two people, I prefer to work alone!

1. Unroll your length of vinyl to cut it roughly to size

You are not cutting it to the exact size, you need overhang on all edges and will trim it once applied.

I left 2 inches all around and had more over hang at the front to tuck under the worktops. This is especially important for the back by the tiles, as if you do not apply it straight you may find you don’t have enough vinly to meet the tiles.

2. Lay the vinyl out over the worktop

Do not remove any of the backing paper at this point.

Turn it the right way around, with the pattern facing up.

The put the vinyl where you are starting, with the extra couple of inches pushing up against the edges.

 

3. Remove 4 inches of backing paper from the end of the vinyl

That is 2 inches over over hang and 2 inches that will be stuck to the worktop. Do not remove lots! Initially you just want to secure the end onto the worktop of about 2 inces, to make sure it is in the right place and lined up with the edges and side.

 

4. Stick down the first 2 inches of vinyl

Place the vinyl with no backing paper to the worktop, take it slowly and use the smoothing tool to make sure there are no air bubbles with a back-and-forth motion.

5. Continue applying the vinyl

Once you are happy with the initial placement – if you are not you can peel it off carefully and redo. 

To apply the rest, use your right hand under the other vinyl and peel off a few inches of the backing paper off at a time and use your left hand with the smoothing tool to go back and forth getting it stuck with no air bubbles.

(If you are applying right to left then swap hands)

5. Cutting vinyl around sinks & ovens

when you get to any obsticles like sinks or cookers, stop applying the vinyl about 5 inches before.

Lay the vinyl with babking paper over the sink (etc) and use your knife to cut where it is, but leave a several inches extra to make sure you are not cutting the hole too large. And also if you need extra to go down the edges.

Our cooker is not built in so I needed enough to go down the edges. 

Then take it really slowly removing the backing paper and lay the vinyl behind and in front if needed. You will come back last and cut around the sink exactly. 

Finish the entire length of the worktop and then come back to finish the bits around the cooker / sink etc. 

6. Finishing the edges

This is where you will need the heat gun or hair dryer, as when you heat the vinyl for a couple of seconds it melts very slightly allowing you to go around the corners.

Hold the heatgun not too close for 2-4 seconds and then carefully bend the edges over and under, do small sections at a time and you won’t get any bunching of the vinyl. 

 

6. Trimming the excess vinyl

Once you have finished the front, then you can trim the excess from the sides and back edges, and around the sink.

You need a very sharp crapft knife for this, and you will be able to cut the excess off using the tiles / wall as a guide.

 

6. Silicone around the edges and sink

When it is all finished, you need to then silicone around the edges and any sinks. This will stop any water cutting under it and causing it to lift.

I used these tools* to get a fantastic finish on my silicone. I used white for the edges and clear around the sink.

 

The final results with new vinyl worktops

How we are looking after our new vinyl covered kitchen worktops

The vinyl covered worktops are pretty strong, but you will need to accept they aren’t as sturdy as actual worktops.

We have done the following to make sure they last as long as possible.

1. Using these silicone mats* under heated objects like the toaster and airfryer. I also have one to put in front of the air fryer when using it to put the baskets onto.

2. Using the above mats under really heavy items like my kitchen aid mixer when I get it out

2. Always using chopping boards, never use a knife on the worktop

3. Using trivets on the worktop to put hot pans and baking trays onto

I am realistic about the longevity of the new vinyl worktops, I don’t expect they will last for years and years BUT for the total cost of £42.17 if they last 6-12 months and then need redone I am happy!

They have transformed the kitchen for an hour or 2 work applying it.

It can also easily be removed, just heat it slightly with heat gun / hair dryer and it will peel off with no damage. 

Come and see the rest of the kitchen makeover!

For under £250 I managed to

  • Painted the cupboards
  • Painted the tiles
  • Covered the worktops in vinyl
  • Put new floor tiles down
  • Stripped the 3 types of wallpaper
  • Relined the walls
  • Painted the ceiling, walls and woodwork

You can read about all the other products I used in the other posts on the budget kitchen make-over here

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