Ceramic Tile Countertops/Kitchen

Old 08-20-01, 11:15 AM
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I have laminate countertops in my kitchen they are faux butcherblock and are flat. I would like to pull off the backboard and I would like to install ceramic tiles over the laminate and as a backsplash. Any chance? Can I pull off the laminate covering and install ceramic over what is left?
Old 08-21-01, 07:03 PM
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It's customary to use 1/4 in. cement backer board over the laminate, and then install the tiles on that. The backsplash can be put right over the sheetrock (wallboard).

Do a search of this board. There's been quite a bit of discussion.
Old 08-28-01, 11:31 PM
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There is an article from Popular Mechanics web site:


That covers this. Basically I got it right: if the formica is in GOOD shape you can go right over it.

I covered my counter several years ago with this method and
it looks beautiful. I used a floor tile 12 x 12 marble look tile. Everyone loves it and I have helped two of my friends cover their counters.


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