A friend said that I can tile over the "stock" kitchen counter in my new (25
y.o.) house. The current kitchen counter is the standard stuff, plastic
laminate I believe. What would you all suggest is the best method to score
the counter so that the adhesive has something to bind to.
Also, is this even a good idea in the first place?
The trick is to ensure the bond -- which means cleaning it with
something like laquer thinner to get all the crap off and then
roughing up the surface with a sander.
Given that the house is 25 years old, I'd go an extra step -- clean
it, rough it up, then resurface with 1/4" or 1/2" plywood (rough
side up) screwed and glued (PL 400 or Premium).
That will also raise the counter top (people are taller than 25 years
ago, and give you a deeper edge for either tile or trim.
I don't think it would be smart you will need backerboard to get a good
surface for the tile so you could just screw the backerboard right thru the
laminate but it will make things taller and limit your sink choices to a
certain extent the sides will also have to match the current ones ?
I would tear it out and start fresh!
Thanks all, one thing to add. This is the stuff that is really smooth and
slick, and is shaped in a way that toward the back by the wall, it "curves"
up and stands about 4-5 inches higher than the flat countertop. If I put
the backerboard down, there would be a gap between the top of the counter
and the lifted portion in the back.
Go to a real ceramic tile store. Get information about Schluter
The Journal of Light Construction had an article about exactly
this several months ago:
They have more information on tile counters:
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
I was considering the same thing but now believe it's a bad idea. See
Can't change the sink, etc., either.
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