This woman tells how she painted and sealed her counters to go from the laminate in the top to the natural stone look in the bottom picture. About 120 bucks. I'm not a big fan of painting laminate but this tutorial intrigues me.
Designers say painting interiors doors black ~ add a richness & warmth to your home despite color scheme. Here you can see the difference. Halfway done with the doors in my house and LOVE the black door over the white door!