Laminate kitchen countertops are beautiful when they are new, but they can be damaged fairly easily. A hot pot can leave a burn mark or cutting on the countertop will leave deep and permanent cuts into the laminate. Some of this damage can be removed to some degree, but laminate countertops cannot be fully restored because the laminate is very than and oftentimes the color does not permeate through the entire piece of laminate. You can lay tile over laminate countertops to give your room a refreshed, new and updated look.
ceramic-tiles come in a wide variety of styles, colors and patterns, making them a good choice for any home decor. Tile is a long lasting and durable option for kitchen countertops making them popular among both homeowners and builders.
Preparing the Laminate
Use a degreasing agent to clean the laminate countertop surface. You can use a grease cutting dish soap, a cleaner such as Lestoil or buy a degreasing agent in an automotive supply store.
Measure the countertop width and length to determine the amount of ceram
ic tile you will need. Add 10% for waste and overage.
Always buy extra tile just in case you need to replace a tile or two down the road.
Use a power sander with a 220-grit sandpaper or hand sand with a 220-grit sandpaper to rough up the surface of the laminate. Thin set or tile adhesive bonds better to a rough surface rather than a smooth surface.
Measure the countertop from front to back, mark the halfway point and do the same at the opposite end of the countertop.
Extend the chalk-line from the halfway point marking to the next halfway point marking and snap the chalk-line.
Setting ceramic-tile on Top of Laminate
Apply a thin coat or tile adhesive to the back of the ceramic-tile.
Position the first ceramic-tile so the corner fits into the corners of your guidelines, you will be over lapping one guideline.
Put a tile spacer next to it.
Place the second ceramic-tile adjacent to the first.
Put a tile spacer above the first tile.
Place the third ceramic-tile above the first tile, continue to work in an extending square pattern.
Leave a 1-inch space between the edge of the countertop and the end of it to set web backed edging tiles.
Continue to place all whole ceramic-tiles until all that are left are the ceramic-tiles that require cuts and the edging tiles.
Make all cuts using a wet saw or if you aren't comfortable with power tools use a snap cutter.
After all larger ceramic-tiles are in place, install the smaller decorative tiles at the edge of the counter top.
Allow the thin set or tile adhesive to completely dry.
Remove all of the spacers from in between the ceramic-tiles.
Grout its and once the grout has dried, seal the grout.