Remodeling a home can be a costly project. Finding cheaper, but quality options is what you try to do in such cases. Changing paint colors, replacing damaged tiles, installing wall tiles, or replacing old cabinets, may include heavy costs. But, if you are planning to get a new countertop, save on the expenses by opting to resurface your old countertop.
This is basically a process that avoids the replacement of an entire countertop, and helps give a new look to an old one for less. It can be performed in two ways. You can either do it yourself over the weekend. Or, if time is a constraint and if you are not confident enough, you can appoint a professional for the job.
The first procedure includes stripping the existing laminate of the plywood countertop. After this is done, the glue is then scraped off. You can opt for a stripper to dissolve the glue, or use a paint scraper. Now, use medium-grade sandpaper to make the surface smooth. Once you are done, you will be left with a plain, clean surface.
Apply fresh glue on this surface. Make sure that the glue is evenly applied on the entire surface. There are numerous options available in laminates in terms of color and design. Pick one of your choice. For a kitchen countertop, you can match the new laminate with that of the kitchen cabinets.
Measure the countertop and cut the laminate sheet to the size of the counter. Now, lay it flat on the glued surface. Use a large roller to flatten the laminate; this will also help remove any air bubbles. Once this is done, leave it to dry. You can also consider adding an extra border of contrast laminate if you are an expert in this task.
For a badly damaged countertop, the aforementioned procedure is ideal. But in case your existing countertop is in good condition, you can just work on the existing piece.
All you need to do is use medium-grit sandpaper and scratch the laminate surface thoroughly. When you have finished working on it, wipe away the dust that has settled over it. Now, carefully spread glue on this surface. Lay the new laminate carefully over it. Finish by flattening it with a roller. This procedure takes lesser time to perform.