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How to Install Laminate on Countertops

Give your countertops a whole new look with these step-by-step instructions. The DIY to the Rescue crew shows how to install laminate on countertops, add trim and a install a backsplash.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Install the Edge Banding

Start by rolling contact cement along the edge of the countertop using a roller (Image 1)

Then press the edge banding firmly in place (Image 2). Smooth the edge banding in place using the J-roller (Image 3).

Use a laminate trimmer to trim the top of the edge banding flush with the countertop.

Step 2: Position the Batten Strips

Roll contact cement onto the countertop.

Once the contact cement tacks up, place batten strips every few inches along the countertop.

Step 3: Secure the Laminate

Estimate where the laminate top should be positioned. Be sure to leave room for the backsplash (Images 1 and 2).

Once you are happy with the alignment, remove the batten strips and press the laminate into place (Image 3).

Use the J-roller to further press the laminate into place and trim any edges that are hanging over (Image 4).

Step 4: Install the Backsplash

Apply adhesive to the backsplash and press it into position along the perimeter of the countertop (Images 1 and 2).

To keep the backsplash in place while the glue dries, use a few scrap pieces of wood and clamps to push it into place (Image 3).

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