New countertops have long been an important part of the complete kitchen makeover. But if you're just tired of your existing countertop and don't want the disruption of tearing it out, there are quicker and easier solutions to replacing it. Some may consider installing a new countertop layer on top of the existing one. However, this would add significant height to your lower cabinets, changing the comfortable height for working and diminishing your clearance for countertop appliances. Instead, it's now possible to "pour" a new surface onto your existing countertop that results in only a slight addition to it's thickness. The specially prepared mixture is trowel-spread and forms a durable, attractive coating. It reveals a colorful pattern after it's dried and buffed to a smooth finish. Another option is to hire a specialized finisher, who can actually spray-coat a new surface on your countertop, much like repainting a car. The result is a thin plastic veneer in virtually any solid color you wish.