There have been a few posts about the techniques for painting a laminate counter but I'm wondering about the safety side of it. I spoke with someone at at my local big box diy store and she said that you can do it with melamine paint but that for a kitchen it's not entirely safe. She said that since you work with food in the kitchen the melamine would be unsafe if it chipped. Is there any way around this? Our counters are probably 20 years old in the kitchen and I absolutely hate them! They are a light brown on off white faux marble kind of look. I plan to paint the cabinets and the tiled backsplash and would love to freshen up the counter but am afraid of poisoning anyone that eats food made in my kitchen!
On a somewhat related but not entirely topic... what would you guys use as an accent colour with orange. We have decided to do the kitchen walls a funky orange colour but I'm not sure what to do with it. All I've come up with is either a crisp white or an off white. But it would be nice to maybe bring in another stronger colour for the backsplash maybe. So that the cabinet areas done become all off white. Unfortunately I don't have the paint name/number with me right now all I can say is that it's Behr.