Why must I choose from expensive granite or quartz or ugly laminate or whatever is mainstream? If I have a piece of wood..which I have had holding up the food and dishes for a while now ( ugly as it may be)...why cant I just paint it? I just painted this table and although its not perfect it still looks kinda cool ( certainly better than a piece of plywood). So my question is why cant I fill in the holes and prime and sand and prep a piece of wood.... cheap compaired to store bought solid surface....and cover it with paint...in this case I used metalic but could use something else. Than put on polyeurothane and be done with it. I will cut on a cutting board. Is there a food safe top coat that I can use? Why cant counters be more creative instead of having 5-7 choices we have to conform to? Here is the table I just painted for maybe 10-20 bux worth of paint and 2 hours of time. The metalic is frustrating to apply without streaks but it sure looks better than the dark table that was there and saved me having to buy a new glass table. In fact I could put glass over it. I still need to paint the chairs. But why cany I do this to the counter?