Hi, I am new to this site and to be honest new to major re-modeling
well. I have recently bought a house that needed 'cosmetic'
needless to say it has needed much more than cosmetic
work. I have replaced dry
wall, re-wired lighting replaced rotten
windows ect. Now my next project is the
kitchen. Right now it is a
gally style and I hate it. I want to remove the
cabinets and counter
top on the left side of the kitchen and swivel them to meet
side. Making it L shaped. However the counter top is my problem. It is
a horrible blue 'marble' laminate. I have heard of people removing the
and relaminating it themselves but I am a 1 woman operation
here. I want it to
look nice but it also has to be something I can do
(I can not afford to hire
someone to do them). How hard is it REALLY
to relaminate a counter top? Would I
be better off looking into tile?
Time isn't an issue I can take my time doing it
I just need something
I can accomplish on my own without help without draining
funds. Thanks in advance for your answers.
you can buy nice formica pre made counter tops in both straight and L
shape at home depot etc.
water has likely damaged your old countertop. nice to hear a women is a
they have nice kraft made cabinets at lowes too, and pretty cheap.
Usually by the time laminated plastic becomes dated, the substrate
itself isn't of much value anymore. If I were doing it myself, I'd
look at tile atop a couple of layers of exterior or marine grade 3/4"
plywood forming the substrate.
Something we did at work not long ago on a project was to use linoleum
as a countertop. It's typically a flooring material, but the colours
available are great (ie better than any sheet flooring I've ever seen.)
www.forbo-flooring.com (No, I'm not a sales rep, just really like the
Someone did that in the house I bought.
It won't stand up to heat. If you're
really good about never shoving a stewpot
onto the counter, it might work, but if you
forget, the pot will melt vinyl or linoleum
and glue itself down.
And I would NEVER use tiles on a countertop. If you drop something, there's
more of a chance of the dropped item breaking, or a tile breaking. One
broken tile is a royal PITA to replace and regrout and have it look nice and
Yes, tile is nice. Granite tiles are nice. I have granite countertops, but
there are few seams.
It's all what YOU like. There are pros and cons to each and any countertop,
be it Corian, granite, tile, Formica, WilsonArt, linoleum, slate, whatever.
Custom made laminate tops are quite reasonable, and something that a small
shop can handle and give you a good job. Shop around. Call around. You
may be surprised at what you can get for a reasonable price, and INSTALLED,
too. Plus pick your pattern/color. If you want to DIY, you can probably
save some on installation. It ain't simple, but it ain't rocket surgery,
It is not complicated, but the technique has to be followed carefully.
Tile is not on my list of practical work surfaces, although I like the
Get a close idea of size and layout, any openings that need to be cut,
and get a couple of estimates for laminate tops. Countertops are not
hugely expensive for plywood and laminate. Miters are most difficult
part, along with some sink openings. You can do it.
Usually by the time laminated plastic becomes dated, the
> itself isn't of much value anymore. If I were doing it myself, I'd
> look at tile atop a couple of layers of exterior or marine grade
plywood forming the substrate.
> Something we did at work not long ago on a
project was to use
> as a countertop. It's typically a flooring
material, but the
> available are great (ie better than any sheet
flooring I've ever
> www.forbo-flooring.com (No, I'm not a sales rep,
just really like
> stuff, heh.)
The house isn't 'dated' the person who
owned it before just had
horrible taste. In addition to the wonderful blue
tops, the bottom cabinets are unfinished inside (no
plywood bottom) and the carpeting in the house is a lovely dark
shag (I didn't think they made shag carpet anymore :D ) When the
previous owner fell behind in her payments and the home was forclosed
bolistic and took a sledge hammer or something like it and
everything...windows, walls, the flooring in the
bathrooms, the tubs, mirrors,
the bathroom sinks...you name it.
I have done the floor tiles on a table for
on the deck (under an
awning of course) and it turned out nicely. I made the
table out of
3/4" plywood top, 4x4 posts for the legs cut down to size and
benches out of the 4x4's and then cut down 2x10's for the tops.
Looks great I
I think I am going to look into the cermaic tiles, I saw some
colors at Home Depot and Lowe's. Another question....how
can I attach the 2
countertops? could I use flat L brackets under
If the cabinetry is secured to the floor, and the countertop is secured
to the cabinetry, then teh connection between the two countertops (or
the plywood forming them) shouldn't be too critical. If you could lap
the joints between the two layers of plywood -- ie, on layer one, have
a long piece on the left, and a short one on the right, and on layer
two, have the short piece on the left, and the long one on the right,
screwed down through one another to a secure piece of blocking in the
cabinetry (a 2X4 would be great) in a couple of locations, it would be
more than enough. It's hard to say for sure not knowing what exactly
yo uhave to work with (what's there when you take the top off).
One note on the ceramics... Some ceramics are outrageously expensive,
especially mosaics (less than 2" x 2") and smaller tiles on a square
foot basis... if you see something you like, it's worth every penny...
you'll be seeing a whole lot of these tiles in the coming years.
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