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MrsD

01:40PM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 01/31/00
76 lifetime posts
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Can someone tell me where I might find information on how to lay new laminate on my kitchen countertops and put a bullnose tile piece around the edges. I hope I am explaing myself well. I have seen where people have combined tile and laminte to dress up their kitchen. I want to put up a tile backsplash, have the top a wilsonart laminate, and the edges a tile that matches the backsplash. Any ideas where I might find out how I do this myself? Thanks so much!!!!

ACD

03:08PM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
That is a lot of work. You will need to create the underlayment of the same shape as the bullnose, so that it fits flush with the laminate. The laminate isnt too hard to install as long as you have patience, a good router and a steady hand. You will need contact cement, and you would cut the laminate oversize of the actual countertop, put the cement on both surfaces, place dowels on the countertop and lay the laminate on the dowels. Once you have the laminte where you want it, you start in hte middle and pull out the dowels, when roll the laminate into the underlayment and press it down until you work out all air and it is tight. Then with the router you need to trim the edges of the laminate. Note, the counter top needs to be off the counters to do this, you cant do this with the counter top installed. Once you get it all trimmed you can install the top and then lay the tile.

willies all thumbs

07:53AM | 05/03/03
Member Since: 10/03/02
55 lifetime posts
A bullnose edge? standard 2x6 trim piece?
provide a 2 inch edge onthe counter top, router the laminate with a flush trim bit,

set the trim with the same mastic as the back splash secure it with a bit of blue masking tape till it sets.BTW the back splash looks best with the ends finished with 4x4 bullnose (that is if your using 4x4 tiles)

willies all thumbs

07:56AM | 05/03/03
Member Since: 10/03/02
55 lifetime posts
Oh yeah, be sure to use top grade mastic(type1) to bond to wood

MrsD

08:17AM | 05/04/03
Member Since: 01/31/00
76 lifetime posts
I want to thank you all for your advice. I like the looks of it, but it sounds like alot more work than I had planned on...which is why I asked here. We are selling our home in the next few months, and I wanted to dress up the look of our kitchen without a huge expense, or alot of work. I'm not sure if my hubby is up to this or not, but your information and advice is appreciated! Thank you!!!

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