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How to resurface kitchen worktops

Updated February 21, 2017

Kitchen worktops come in many different materials, including tile, wood and vinyl. A thin plastic laminate surface is among the easiest to install and it's the most moisture-resistant. The laminate comes in sheets that you cut slightly larger than the work surface so that you can trim off the edges after it's glued down. You'll attach it with contact cement, a quick-bonding glue.

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  1. De-gloss the surface of the existing worktop with your vibrating sander. Clean the dust.

  2. Measure each section of the worktop that will be laminated. Mark the measurements on the sheets of laminate. Add 2.5 cm (1 inch) around the perimeter of the marks, so the sections will be slightly larger than the worktop. Use a razor knife to score and snap the laminate along the marks.

  3. Coat the backs of the cut laminate pieces with contact cement, using a brush. Coat the surface of the worktop in the same manner. Wait 15 to 20 minutes until the cement is dry to the touch.

  4. Apply a piece of laminate to the front edge of the worktop. Hold the piece away from the front edge, properly positioning it before allowing any of it to make contact. Press it to the surface. Secure it with a laminate roller. Use your router to trim off the overhanging parts.

  5. Lay dowel rods over the top section of the worktop, front to back, 30 cm (1 foot) apart. Set the large top piece of laminate over the rods so that the rods are separating the laminate and the worktop surface. Once you have the piece correctly positioned, slide the rods out from the front and press the laminate into place. Trim off the edges with your router.

  6. Warning

    Wear eye protection when cutting laminate.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vibrating sander
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Razor knife
  • Laminate sheets
  • Contact cement
  • Brush
  • Router
  • Laminate bit
  • Laminate roller
  • Dowel rods (90 cm long, 2.5 cm thick)

About the Author

Kevin McDermott
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