A new tile countertop might sound like a budget-buster, but there is an affordable alternative.
Simply install tile right over the existing laminate top. Start by removing the sink and protecting the front of the cabinets with a layer of heavy paper or cardboard.
Next, use a circular saw to cut off the front edge and the splash at the rear. Any uneven spots can be smoothed out with a hand saw, or a belt sander and some coarse paper. The entire top should be lightly sanded to help create a better bond for the tile adhesive.
Install the tile in an adhesive, applied with a grooved trowel. After the tile has set overnight, it can be grouted using a rubber grout float and a damp sponge. Buff out the remaining haze with a soft, dry cloth and reinstall the sink.
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