Needless to say before you begin making any form of countertop you need to first give consideration to what is going to support the countertop. In case you can't completely remove it in your home due to its sentimental value, then you should try to repaint it. Laminate sheets might cost you around 3 dollars up to 100 dollars per linear foot depending on the brand or the type. Laminate countertops are the most affordable solution. In order to remove it you are able to utilize a little lacquer finer (just make quite certain you're focusing on a well ventilated room, as it is going to smell). They are okay to leave unsightly marks and scratches which can't be repaired.