I'm buying a house that was built in the 50's. The kitchen counters need a makeover. They're laminate with metal edging that has to go. I don't want to completely replace the counters, but how do I paint or put new laminate on the counter in the spot where the edging has been removed?
Sometimes it's best to start over. This is one of those times.
Short of finding new metal edging, nothing will look good with the old laminate. New laminate tops are not that expensive, although you will have install labor. Certainly a more modern laminate choice with a rolled edge will do a lot more to upgrade your place than trying to retrim 60 year old laminate.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Jaybee,
Depends on what you're looking to do. I'm into retro so my metal edging stays. If yours is in bad shape and you want the retro look, retrorenovation.com has a source for replacement edging. In my other house, I removed the metal edging, replaced with 1/2 round or another molding of your choice and paint to match the cabinets or laminate. I could have had someone replace the laminate, previous posters are correct, it's not that hard or expensive but I just couldn't deal with the expense, etc. at the time. I see the comment "I'm" buying which may be you, like me, are on your own. Some of these "simple" things are tough if you don't have someone else to help. I personally leave calling in the troops for when I have to get it done and can't do it myself. Can I get the sink disconnected and remove the counter top myself? Absolutely! Can I lift the sink to get it out of the counter top and carry the top out the front door, no. Good luck and have fun with your new house. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine.
I agree with, Jaybee! It’s better to replace the countertops. But, if you want to keep them, the best solution is to cover them with tiles (any type or color you want). I recently did my kitchen countertops. I used Bondera to stick the tiles and they turned out great. Good luck with the kitchen remodeling!
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there are at least a dozen styles and edge treatments of laminate counters at one midwest home center alone. you can duplicate the ones that are not rolled edges yourself if you want to take a little time. we didn't like the quote for manufactured countertops with the 45 miter and oak/maple/whatever inlay, so I fooled about with the router and some half-inch oak and leftover pieces of furniture MDF and taught myself how to make that same countertop.
heh, furniture-grade MDF... it's like "military intelligence" or "Congressional deliberation." but it has uniformity and works easily.
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