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How to Laminate Cabinets and Install Floor Tile

One kitchen owner gets the help of DIY experts to learn how to remodel his outdated kitchen.

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  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $1,000 - $2,500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Trim and Prepare the Laminate

Cut the metal laminate using a table saw(Image 1). The thin metal cuts easily with a laminate blade.]

Tip: Remember to cut the laminate approximately 1/2" larger than needed.

Once you are ready to affix the laminate, begin with the edges. Spray both surfaces with aerosol contact cement and let it set up for 5 to 10 minutes.

Tip: Tape the edges to avoid overspray. Wear a mask and have plenty of ventilation.

After the cement has set, secure the strip in place (Image 2).

Use a special laminate 3-in-1 roller to even out the glue and eliminate air bubbles (Image 3).

Use a router to trim down the oversized pieces. A flush cutting bit with a bottom bearing ensures that you won't go any lower than the edge of the door (Image 4).

Tip: Hold the router perfectly against the edge.

A belt sander with 80-grit sandpaper will smooth the edges. When finished sanding, clean it with a tack cloth.

Step 2: Apply the Laminate

Spray the face of the old cabinet with contact glue and spray some more contact glue on the laminate. Once you adhere the laminate to the cabinet door, it will not move! Be sure to set it on the proper place by laying some dowels on the floor (Image 1).

Once you have it lined up correctly, remove the dowel from the center first and push down on the center and then work your way out to the ends removing the dowels (Image 2). Press down on the laminate as you remove each dowel. You want to make sure there are no bubbles.

Use a roller to apply pressure to the laminate and then trim the edges.

Step 3: Remove the Old Tiles and Install the New Ones

Remove the current floor transition pieces (Image 1).

Use a utility knife to cut the tabs off the tiles so that they will fit tight to the edge of the carpet.

Lay down the tiles and interlock the opposing tabs with a rubber mallet (Image 2).

Note: When ordering, you need to allow up to 15 percent extra for waste.

Finish it off with a T-molding (Image 3).

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Resources

  • Flooring (SelecTile/color: Black Coin top) from SelecTech Inc.

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