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Old 06-08-2018, 07:25 AM   #1
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Inexpensive bath countertop update


We are trying to do an inexpensive update to our bathroom. The mobile home is in 1980 so you can imagine what my countertop looks like....

I've been researching different ways to update countertops:. Concrete, Rust-Oleum kits, and contact paper. I've never attempted anything like the concrete or Rust-Oleum kit, so those scare me a bit. Does anyone have experience using contact paper? Is there a contact paper made just for this purpose? I worry about the edge of the countertop since it is square, as I feel contact paper would work better with a rounded edge.

Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated!
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Home Depot's website has 24x48 sheets of Formica for 30 bucks. You glue that down with contact cement. You could even glue it to the edge of what you got. Only trouble is that you should have a router for trimming it. Never heard of a contact paper that would stand up to water.
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Contact paper will not hold up for very long.

Laminate or Formica would be a much better choice.
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Formica is not too hard so long as your countertop is flat and square. If it has formed curves on it, DIY Formica re-surface not a good choice.
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Thanks for the replies and I will look into your suggestions!

The contact paper ideas were actually found on Pinterest. I found a few blogs written by people who had tried it and said that it held up well... But no one had more than an 1 year update on its condition.

I'm starting to think I need to stay away from Pinterest and hang out here lol
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My wife uses the contact paper to line all of our cabinet bottoms. Works great for that task. On a countertop ? As advised already, best pass big time on that notion.
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What condition is the countertop? Is it chipped?
what is it made of, Formica?
If it's not damaged, perhaps it could be painted with
rustoleum spray paint.
Show us a picture.

There is also peel and stick linoleum that can be cut with
a scissor. It's inexpensive and could be the fix you need
to freshen up the bathroom.
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I can tell you the difference between rigid and EMT conduit, rewire my house, and troubleshoot pneumatics and hydraulics, but I could not tell one form of countertop from another. I have no idea if this is formica or what. I guess I am not your typical female lol
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And apparently I don't know how to post pictures


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Apparently it's much easier when done from your phone!
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Below linked website has lots of info and photos, so it might help clarify what you have:

"If the term laminate countertops doesn't ring a bell, the name Formica probably will. Formica, a brand name of the oldest type of laminate counter material around..."

https://www.thespruce.com/laminate-c...-guide-1822101

And, here is the experience of someone who painted their countertop:

https://www.uglyducklinghouse.com/i-...n-countertops/
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Well, from the first photo it looks like Formica. (can't tell
for sure) The second photo is
messed up (a photo on top of a photo?)

Take another shot and try to turn the phone the other way
so that the pic is frontwards.
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Sorry the other pics were taken a few days ago as kind of a before/after thing. I tried taking pictures both ways and for some reason they seem to get turned sideways when I upload them, at least in the preview. Hopefully you can see what you need to. The strange illusion you see in the second picture above is actually the huge mirror that is now standing in my hallway, it was leaning against the cabinet. Also, meet Spaz. Meow.
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Shoot by a habitat for humanity store in your area. They may have something suitable with new sinks included
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Trying again... Aren't newbies fun?
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