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.
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).
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).