If you don't have the funds for a complete kitchen renovation or even if you're renting and aren't allowed to decorate but would really love to there are many changes you can make that are temporary.
One of these changes is peel and stick countertop covering.
These coverings will make a huge difference in your kitchen. But they won’t cause you to lose your shirt or your security deposit!
It’s even a good way to try out how a new countertop might look, before you invest your savings in one and find out that you don’t like it.
Whatever your reason for wanting to change up your kitchen countertops, peel and stick is a great option (and also a top wallpaper option too).
I believe these are the best choice peel and stick countertops available...
The Best Choice Peel And Stick Countertop
MelunMer Glossy Marble vs Livelynine Black Marble vs LaCheery Gray Marble
OUR TOP PICK
Top choice for vinyl peel and stick countertops
Our top pick for the best peel and stick countertop is this glossy marble countertop by MelunMer.
It has the perfect balance of being of great quality and being affordable.
Good quality for an affordable price isn’t something you see often. So it had to be our top pick.
This flecked marble-style peel and stick is a very fashionable option.
It doesn't have the traditional pattern of marble so it’s something a little different. But, it will still look very realistic in your home.
This peel and stick is very durable as it is made from a thickened PVC.
This is not always the case with peel and stick countertops as many are very thin.
So, if you’re looking for a way to transform your kitchen in a way that’s easy and won’t require you to do regular touch-ups, this is a great option.
This peel and stick is both fashionable and practical.
On top of the main PVC, this peel and stick has a thin transparent vinyl film. This is for extra protection and will help to prevent scratches.
It also makes the peel and stick easy to wipe down and clean.
This peel and stick is also incredibly affordable. It is much cheaper than many other options, especially those with a marble finish.
The peel and stick is very durable and great quality.
- Durable so it will last the duration without being easily damaged or needing replaced.
- Waterproof so no need to worry if you spill something.
- Extra protective layer.
- Modern and fashionable finish
Livelynine Peel and Stick Countertops - Top Choice For A Waterproof Peel and Stick Countertop
This black marble peel and stick countertop might be a little more expensive than some other options.
But consider that a black marble countertop, even one made from faux marble, would be incredibly expensive.
But this peel and stick will quickly and easily give your kitchen a huge upgrade.
Self Adhesive Countertops Cover
This peel and stick has a self-adhesive that promises not to leave any residue.
So you won’t have to worry about getting your security deposit back. This peel and stick is super easy to use. It can be easily cut to size and applied quickly.
This peel and stick can be used as wallpaper or on other surfaces. But it is still ideal for a kitchen countertop.
It is waterproof, oil-resistant, and stain-resistant. It is made from durable plastic so you won’t have to worry about damaging it.
That said, with any kind of peel and stick, we wouldn’t recommend placing anything hot on it.
Practicality is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a peel and stick countertop.
Durability and quality are, of course, very important.
But, if the peel and stick is difficult to apply, it will wrinkle, bubble, or tear which will ruin the whole finish.
This peel and stick avoids this potential damage with guidance on the back.
This is a great feature if you aren’t used to DIY or haven’t applied peel and stick or contact paper before.
- Waterproof so if you spill something, no worry.
- Stain-resistant so again if / when you spill something it'll easily wipe off.
- Oil-resistant so no greasy marks.
- Available in multiple sizes
- It's a premium product so if you're on a budget it may not be ideal for your needs.
Great all round marble counter peel and stick + heat resistant countertop
This LaCheery marble style peel and stick will make your kitchen look like that of an Instagram influencer but without the hefty price tag.
This peel and stick is super affordable but looks very luxurious.
This peel and stick doesn’t just look good, it is also practical.
Waterproof + Oil Proof + Heat Resistant Countertop Peel and Stick Contact Paper
It is waterproof, heat-resistant, and oil-proof.
It is also very durable and promises to stay in place for at least five years.
So, in just a few minutes you can give your kitchen a high-end look that will last for years.
Despite its strong adhesive, this peel and stick is eco-friendly and non-toxic.
It has a self-adhesive and doesn’t require any extra glue.
You simply cut it to size, peel off the backing, and stick it to your countertop.
This peel and stick is a great option if you’re looking to provide some protection for your countertops.
If your countertops are old or damaged but you don’t want to (or can’t) spend money on replacing them, then peel and stick is a great way of revamping them.
But this peel and stick will also prevent any further damage as it is heat and moisture-proof.
- Oil-proof so you can spill cooking oil on it and not worry about stains.
- Waterproof so liquid spillages are not an issue.
- Heat-resistant so you won't easily burn it.
- Eco-friendly if you care about the environment as much as your kitchen design.
- Non-toxic so you're not poisoning yourself.
- Available in two sizes
Good choice for a faux looking laminate peel and stick countertop
This Dimoon peel and stick is a little different from most other options available. Marble or granite is often the go-to pattern.
But this wood-look peel and stick will give your home a more rustic look.
This peel and stick has a “reclaimed wood” finish that looks like real wood. It even has wood grains and knots for a realistic effect.
This peel and stick is also really affordable. It’s a great way to add a rustic charm to your kitchen.
As this is made from vinyl, it does have a slight shine. But this just gives the appearance of the wood being varnished.
This countertop covering is designed to look like individual planks of wood and it looks quite realistic.
As you would expect, this peel and stick is also easy to clean and waterproof. It is not, however, oil-proof or scratch resistant.
So you might need to take a little extra care. That said, it has a very strong adhesive so it will still likely last you a long time.
And, even with that strong adhesive, it is easy to remove and won’t leave any residue.
- Realistic appearance
- Easy to apply
- Easy to wipe down
- Not oil-proof
- Not scratch-resistant
This peel and stick provides a classic marble finish. The gray and white marble look is both traditional and fashionable.
As mentioned before, marble countertops are very popular. But they are also very expensive.
So, this is the ideal way to make your countertops look high-end but without the high end price (and the building work).
That said, this peel and stick is slightly more expensive than the average. But, it will definitely cost a lot less than the real thing.
As well as the classic gray and white, this peel and stick is available in 11 other colors and patterns.
They are all different styles of marble. And they all have the same sleek and luxurious finish.
Applying this peel and stick will be very easy. It is thin and lightweight and won’t be difficult to handle.
To help make the application easier, there are grid lines on the back of the sheets.
This might seem like an obvious addition but it definitely isn’t standard.
- Available in multiple colors
- Easy to apply
- Grid lines on the back for guidance
- As a slightly more premium product expect a price tag to match.
Peel and Stick Countertop Comparison
Best Peel And Stick Countertop Buying Guide
Choosing a Pattern
One of the great things about peel and stick countertop coverings is that, if you don’t like it, you can just take it off. This is definitely not the case for any other kind of countertop.
When it comes to choosing a pattern, try and visualize how it will look in your kitchen first. It will need to complement the kitchen cabinets.
But it will also need to go well with your appliances, the flooring, the sink, and the oven. So there is a lot to think about.
Popular peel and stick countertop patterns include:
- Marble - both the LaCheery and Livelynine featured in this post are Marble patterned.
- Granite - the MelunMer is granite pattern.
As well as the pattern, you also need to consider the overall finish. Although a shiny finish is the most popular option, primarily due to marble being a very popular style, a matte finish is also possible.
If you have chosen a wood pattern, then it will likely have the appearance of polished or waxed wood. Even if the wood has a rustic appearance, the nature of PVC and vinyl means that it will likely still have a shine.
Depending on your budget, you can even buy a few different kinds of coverings and try them all out. Or, depending on your supplier, you might be able to order a sample.
Most Common Finish:
You of course need to consider the colour of peel and stick countertop matches with the rest of your kitchen particularly the kitchen cabinets.
The most common colours tend to be grey, white, black.
From our list of top 3 products here's which each colour is:
Peel and stick countertop also comes in different material types, common materials used being...
Dimensions & Weight
Consider the dimensions of the product you are ordering as some will come in smaller batches and other in bulk, and the price alone may not always reflect the quantity you receive.
You do not want to order it only to find out you've received an industrial sized quantity or worse not enough.
Here's the dimensions of our top 3 picks...
- LaCheery - 200.66 x 29.97 x 0.03 cm & 175 Grams.
- LivelyNine - 40.13 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm & 226.8 Grams .
- MelunMer - 299.72 x 39.88 x 0.03 cm & 372 Grams.
Which means the MelunMer is the biggest dimension wise and also weighs the most at 372 grams, so if you want the biggest dimensions choose this one...
The LivelyNine is the smallest dimension wise but also the second heaviest, so if you want the smallest choose this one...
The LaCheery is the lightest of the 3, so if you want the lightest choose this one...
Also consider the shape of the peel and stick countertop, typically it's square or retangular for obvious reasons.
The LivelyNine is square.
The MelunMer is rectangular.
Keep in mind you need to check how many sheets of peel and stick countertop come in the packet for the price, as you may need to order more than one.
Typically each order / packet will contain 1 piece unless stated differently.
All the following contain 1 piece:
Is It Waterproof?
Chances are you'll be looking to use this in your bathroom or kitchen where it will come into contact with water, so be sure to purchase waterproof countertop.
The following are all water proof:
Potential Damage To Your Kitchen Countertops With Peel and Stick
If you have a rented home, then one of your biggest fears is going to be causing damage to it. This will be especially true if you have a landlord who doesn’t take kindly to problems arising.
Renting can be a perilous way of finding a home but it is one that many people cannot avoid.
Causing damage to something as expensive as a kitchen countertop is a big worry. This is one of the reasons why peel and stick countertop coverings are such a good idea.
But, although it is very unlikely that they will cause you any problems, there are a few ways that peel and stick countertops can damage your kitchen.
One cause of damage is if your countertop isn’t suitable for peel and stick. Most countertops are compatible.
But some will not work well if they are not entirely smooth, have a wax finish, are already damaged and so no longer have a clean finish, or if they are uneven.
If, for example, your countertops are made from waxed wood, then peel and stick might not be a good idea. Wax is a difficult substance to work with anyway and it can be difficult to clean.
Depending on the wax, the adhesive of the peel and stick might not readily come off a waxed surface as the wax might cause it to stick more.
If the countertop is damaged, for example, if the smooth finish has chipped away to reveal a more textured underlayer, then peel and stick might not be suitable.
This is because the adhesive may get into the more textured and grittier areas of the surface. The peel and stick might not even work at all. Peel and stick countertops require a smooth surface. Otherwise, the adhesive won’t work as well, if at all.
Applying Peel and Stick Countertop
Applying peel and stick correctly is a simple process but there can be hiccoughs. The main issues are air bubbles and the material not sticking properly. But these are easy issues to solve.
Air bubbles appear when the peel and stick hasn’t been applied closely enough to the countertop. It’s important to move slowly and not to lay the peel and stick down all at once.
The adhesive not sticking properly is usually a problem with the countertop material, rather than the peel and stick. To make sure the adhesive sticks properly, make sure to clean the countertop before applying the peel and stick.
The typical installation method for peel and stick countertop is "self adhesive" which just means coated with a stick surface without requiring moisture (basically you can stick it on yourself as it's sticky on the back without any additional materials).
All the following top 3 products on our list are self adhesive:
Can It Be Easily Removed?
If you're planning on using peel and stick countertop temporarily or remove it when you move out then you'll want it to as easy to remove as possible.
Most are removable without a great deal of effort, including our top 3 picks...
No special tools are required to remove after use.
One of the most important things to consider is why you want to switch up your current kitchen countertops. If it’s due to your countertops being damaged, then you have a few more things to consider than someone who just wants to change things up.
Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider durability. The majority of peel and stick countertops are made from PVC or vinyl. This means that they will be as easy to clean as standard marble or granite countertops.
But, there is a chance that they will become warped if they become hot.
So, if you are used to placing hot pans straight onto the countertop, it’s important to find heat-resistant peel and stick countertops. Peel and stick countertops aren’t heat-resistant as standard.
Peel and Stick vs Real Countertops
Although peel and stick countertops look very realistic. They will still be very different from the real thing. This is especially true if you do not apply the peel and stick properly.
The vast majority of peel and stick countertops are made from PVC or vinyl. These are strong and durable materials. But they won’t have the same finish as real countertops.
But, if you don’t (or can’t) spend a lot of money on new countertops, then peel and stick is pretty ideal. Even the cheapest options are of good quality.
The main issue comes from the application. You will need to be very careful as peel and stick can easily wrinkle or bubble.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Counter Stick and Peel
Does peel and stick countertop cause damage?
It shouldn’t! The whole point of peel and still countertop covering is that it is temporary. They can be used for lots of different surfaces. But they are mostly intended for rented homes.
If they cause damage to the original countertop, then you didn’t get the product you ordered and should request your money back.
It might not be much but it will go some way to balancing out the money that might be taken out of your security deposit for repairs.
Is peel and stick vinyl durable?
This depends on the overall thickness and quality of the peel and stick countertop covering that you choose. If you buy something thin, then there is a chance that it can rip or become damaged.
But if you buy something thick, then it should last you at least a couple of years.
The adhesive is also important for durability. The stronger the adhesive, the longer the peel and stick will last. But, on the other hand, you don’t want anything too strong. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to remove when you move out.
Do stick on laminate countertops actually work?
Yes, they do actually work when you buy a reasonable quality stick on laminate countertop and apply it correctly.
Can you put peel and stick on tile countertops?
This depends on how much work you’re willing to do. Peel and stick works best on very smooth and clean surfaces. Tiled countertops have very uneven surfaces.
So if you lay a sheet of peel and stick onto the tiles, it will likely wrinkly and bubble.
A workaround for this is cutting individual pieces of peel and stick to go over the individual tiles. But, this is a lot of work and might have the finish you’re looking for. Instead, you can get peel and stick tiles. These will likely be a better option.
peel and stick countertop before and after
If you want to see what peel and stick countertop looks like before and after, here's a good video showing it...
Pros and cons of contact paper on countertops
Pros of contact paper on countertops:
- If you want to redesign your kitchen but don't have the budget for it then peel and stick contact paper on the counter tops can be the next best thing.
- Contact paper is typically not overly expensive compared to new countertops.
- If you rent a property and aren't allowed to reonvate or change the original countertops then contact paper on your countertops is one way you can change things to your own style.
Cons of counter stick and peel:
Some, particularly cheaper contact paper for countertops, may not be as peelable and unsticky as you hoped leaving damage to the original countertop.
- The contact paper countertop may look better before installed then after but on the plus side if you immediately don't like it you can remove instantly usually without any problems.
So What's The Best Peel & Stick Countertop?
My overall top pick from this list for best peel and stick countertop is the MelunMer Glossy Marble and here's why...
- It's a great balance between quality and price, it's affordable but the quality is high.
- The flecked marble style is very fashionable and unlike a lot of peel and stick counter top actually looks good.
- This peel and stick is very durable as it is made from a thickened PVC.
- This peel and stick has a thin transparent vinyl film which is an extra protection and will help to prevent scratches.
- This is an easy peel and stick countertop to clean and wipe down.
- It's water proof which is important for most counter top peel and sticks.
- At 299.72 x 39.88 x 0.03 cm it's a great sized option and the biggest on this list.
So, the best countertop peel and stick is the MelunMer Glossy Marble ...
Last update on 2023-09-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API