Design, DIY

the one where Bex installs laminant sheeting

laminantcountertopsbeforeThe title says Bex installs laminant sheeting, but it was really Iron Man and my dad. I doubt I had to tell most of you that.

That picture up there is our kitchen when we bought the house. Nope, it’s not bad, and you’re welcome for including the raid. But like most of the house it needed to be updated and it needed to be more functional.


After we upgraded our appliances, the next function issue was the countertops. For once, I don’t think these were original to the house (22 years old). They were obviously in good condition, but they were white – hard to keep clean. There was also a weird shelf in the back corner that took away about 4sqft of counter space. Yes, it was a shelf so it was technically still there, but you couldn’t really fit anything in there height wise.

We tackled that shelf first, and it ended up being really basic. We used a crow bar to pry it up and remove the piece holding it in place. Behind and underneath it was just drywall, and the top piece of the shelf fit almost perfectly back on top of the drywall. So we shaved it down and put it right back in – just not propped up!

Because of the next steps we didn’t secure it with anything – we knew it would be secured to the rest of the counters after that.

As for the rest of the counters, they were/are laminant so at their root they’re plywood. And the original plywood is in perfect condition. It was just the laminant on top that I didn’t like and wasn’t functioning for us.


We purchased 1 very large laminant sheet at Lowes in oura romano. I looked at so many designs, but this one was light, bright, and had those grey, tan, and black specks in it to make it look like granite. Most importantly it hides my mess. the installation process was pretty easy . . . I know this only because it only took Iron Man and my dad about half a Saturday. Here’s the step by step process . . .

1. Edging – Cut strips of your laminant to fit all the sides (edges) ours were a little less than 2″ so we cut right at 2″. Apply contact cement to both the strips and your original countertops – allow to dry to a tacky base (about 10 minutes). Very carefully – you get no second changes – place strips into place – use j-roller to remove any air pockets and secure the two together.

2. trimming the edges –  the edges are still too big. we used a router to go back and trim them down to size. After that, we went back with a file to be sure it was straight and smooth.


3. cutting the counters – We had a weird corner (where the shelf used to be) so we brought our sheets into the kitchen and drew our template onto the back with a black marker. Then we used our table saw to cut our template. Before cutting each piece we covere it with  masking tape and ran a damp cloth over it. Bob Villa said that would prevent cracks and pealing – it did.

4. placing the counters – basically the same as the strips. apply contact cement to both, allow it to get tacky, and carefully place the sheets onto the countertops. We used leftover quarter round to place between the two while they got to the tacky texture, then just slowly and carefully removed them – so the sheeting dropped down in place. Use the j-roller to apply pressure again, and use your router and file if needed.


that’s it! the hardest part of this project was that none of us had done anything like this before – so there was lots of youtube videos being pulled up sporadically to get tips and tricks.

And my favorite part – the laminant with a 10% off coupon cost $95 – the butcherblock which I’ll tell you about next week was $125  – tools and extras cost about $50. So for all new countertops, and extra piece of butcherblock (the piece we got was double what we needed), and a new router we can use for other projects we spent about $275.

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worth it.

Any other big kitchen projects happening?


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  • Reply Nina @ flowers in my hair.

    It looks great! I laughed out loud at “bob Villa says…”

    October 14, 2014 at 9:13 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you! bob villa is super smart haha

      October 14, 2014 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Sarah

    I absolutely love the after! That looks like your project that I could talk my husband into doing, too. I didn’t realize that you could get laminate that looks that nice! I can’t wait to see the butchers block!

    October 14, 2014 at 11:42 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you! laminate is super durable too and easily to clean!

      October 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Leslie

    You did a great job! I thought about putting new flooring in my bathroom. I hate what is in there now.

    October 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      floors are pretty easy and fairly affordable! you should totally update!

      October 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Faith

    I wish I had a kitchen to update!! Yours looks great though…good job! 🙂

    October 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      you will one day friend 🙂

      October 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    Great tips! thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @

    October 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thanks for stopping by!

      October 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm

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