This may be dumb, but I need to ask it anyway.
My kitchen has a mid-80s laminate (formica?) countertop. It must go.
My intent is to tile it myself, with granite tile (that is, once the
dishwasher and washer/dryer debacles have died down).
The obvious ("right") thing to do is to pull out the present countertop,
put down cement (or hardy?) backerboard, and put down the tile.
But: why can't I rough up the laminate, and put down the tile on top of
that? Seems pretty solid, as a base, to me ... I'd gain 1/2" in height,
but that doesn't seem like a big deal. There's a wood molding strip
that I could remove & replace, so the edge location wouldn't change.