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Materials and Tools:
belt sander with coarse sandpaper
interior ceramic tiles including sink rail and outer corners
For an easy kitchen countertop upgrade, lay ceramic tile on top of laminate.
Start by thoroughly cleaning oils and dirt from old countertop.
With belt sander and coarse sandpaper, rough up surface of laminate.
With mastic, glue sink rail to front edge of counter. Sink rail must dry thoroughly before surface tile is laid.
Tip: For a decorative effect, choose sink rail in a contrasting or companion color to tile.
Do dry run of surface tile, marking tiles to be cut.
Cut partial tiles with wet saw. Do not force tiles against saw blade. Use tile chippers to trim tile for interior corners.
Remove tiles from dry run, stacking them row by row so you’ll know where each goes.
Working in 2x2-feet areas, spread mastic with mastic trowel.
Lay tiles, using plastic tile spacers to keep grout joints consistent.
Let mastic dry overnight.
Using hard rubber float, fill joints with grout.
Hold float at 45-degree angle to force grout into joints. Work in 2x2-foot sections and wipe off extra grout before it dries.
Tip: Cleaning in circular motion will keep grout from coming out of joints.
Once grout is dry, buff tile with clean cloth to remove haze.
Apply grout sealer to protect grout from stains.