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Granny65

03:55PM | 10/28/10
Member Since: 03/05/09
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Bvkitchen
I would like to know if there is a way to just coverup my formica counter top. Can it be painted or tiled?

I had a nice backsplash put up last year and the tile man side if I tried to replace the counter top it would ruin the backsplash.

Aicrules

07:28PM | 01/17/11
Member Since: 01/05/11
18 lifetime posts
You can tile over it but it requires a little prep work. I've seen it demonstrated it on the DIY network so you might want to search their site and see if they have a step-by-step on it.

I've never painted a laminate but I've seen it done for a short term update to sell a house. You have to use a special paint, make sure the laminate is roughed up with sandpaper so the paint will adhere and put some kind of clear coat over it to prevent scratching and chipping.

mitchellw

06:33PM | 12/13/11
Member Since: 09/21/11
27 lifetime posts
Replacing a counter top or tiling it would be better than painting it. I've never heard of any good stories of painting them.

MisterHandy

04:00PM | 12/18/11
Member Since: 12/18/11
3 lifetime posts
I agree with mitchellw. I haven't studied it, but I suspect the cost of a new countertop may be less than the cost of the work you're thinking about and the result of going new will likely be much better.

longbenz

03:09PM | 02/22/12
Member Since: 01/25/12
25 lifetime posts
I think tiling it would be a great idea. If would look nice and it would be heavy duty as well.

cars365

10:06PM | 02/27/12
Member Since: 12/13/11
27 lifetime posts
replacing the counter top will not ruin the backsplash

David, Moderator

12:06PM | 12/29/13
Member Since: 11/15/13
236 lifetime posts
I have seen a few countertops that have been painted but is usually a short time fix.
There are several new product on the market now for refinishing countertops. I have never used them so I can't comment as to how well they hold up.
I would not recommend installing ceramic over laminate. Laminate is a very non-porous material. There is a very good possibility that the mortar or tile adhesive would adhere properly. In time the tile and grout would loosen up. As a contractor I would never do it because liability issues.
It is very possible to replace the countertop without damaging the ceramic backsplash.
Recommendations:
1)Cut the bead of caulking ( if there is one)where the countertop meets the ceramic using a sharp utility knife.
2)Work or wiggle out the countertop very carefully. If the countertop is u-shape, you will have to wiggle out far enough so that the top can be cut into pieces using a saw zaw.
3)When you order your new countertop make sure you specify the clearance you have from the top of cabinets to bottom of tile. If they can't make it to fit, install against tile instead of under tile. Just allow for this in your measurements

If you are looking for a temporary quick fix, I would paint it and plan on replacing in the future.
Hope this was helpful
Thanks
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