We have a laminate countertop that runs up the backsplash area so it forms a curved area where the countertop meets the wall. (I hope that makes sense.) We want to apply tile over this; large tiles on the countertop and subway tile on the backsplash. Do we have to remove the old laminate, or is there some way to lay the tile over the top and cover the curve up to the backsplash? On DIY website, it shows a guy tiling over laminate, but I'm concerned with that curve. Any thoughts? I'm afraid we'll need to just start over, but thanks very much for your input.
You have a preformed, laminate counter top, right? So it has an inside curve where it climbs the back splash and another where it returns to the wall and the front edge is possibly curved too?
I sure would tear it off, way too much to deal with. You will need to remove the sink (if this is part of the counter section) anyway. New plywood counter with concrete board on top for tile application.
(Also a great time to possibly run wiring in the wall, behind the removed back splash, for under cabinet lights?)
Agree completely with Conrad. The cost of a couple of sheets of plywood and possibly some cement board underlayment is nothing compared to the cost of the tile and the labor involved in installing the tile.
Put a sheet of 3/4" plywood and top it with cement backer board that is securely fastened to the plywood and tile per the manufacturers instructions. It is also a good idea to prime the opening at the sink to seal the wood and prevent it from absorbing water and possibly de-laminating.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Thanks to you both for your input. I think you're right: just start all over and do it correctly! The idea for the under cabinet lights is great since that part of my kitchen is like a cave.
Happy New Year to you!!
The above responses are right on! Also, read the ceramic tile topic on my website at www.bobf.info.
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