So with the landlords dime, I requested to re-do this lousy job. Note: If you were to go buy that "Generic" countertop to replace it, it would cost the same as what I paid for all my materials.To have a custom shop do this type of counter-top would cost 3-4 times out-of pocket cost.
Tile: Jenny from Everyday Occasions spent an afternoon and about $40 to update her black laminate countertops with basic white subway tile.
There are some photos to show how she did it but the DIY Network has a great tutorial illustrating the process from start to finish.
I wasn’t trying to hard to make things perfect or protect anything except the floors or appliances.
I got too close to the stove only once, and found that if I wiped it up quickly enough, a damp paper towel took care of it fairly well. I kept the windows open all night despite the dip in temperatures just so the fumes wouldn’t be hanging out in the house while I got ready for work the next day. This was taken at night just before I went to bed, so I’ll try later this week to give you a better “after” shot so you can see the color and finish a little better.
Metal Banding: If you want to embrace your retro laminate, and just give it an extra little something (or hide chipped edges perhaps?
), you can edge your countertops with old school metal framing, like Morgan's kitchen from The Brick House.Get all your measurments and make a drawing of the old counter-top.UN-hook the sink drain and water supply hoses from the valves (make sure you turn off those valves(dont ask)).So you have some formica laminate countertops, do you?And something tells me that you’re just not happy with them at this stage of your life.Thankfully Im equipped with the tools to do this, but it really dont take too much..