If your kitchen features a laminate backsplash, the area may look dated. As long as the laminate is secure and intact, you can cover it. Covering a laminate backsplash updates your kitchen without the time, effort, and expense of removing the laminate and replacing it with another material.
You will need:
• Paint thinner or deglossing agent
• Scissors (if desired medium is wallpaper)
• Tape measure (if desired medium is wallpaper)
• ¼-inch painter’s tape (if desired medium is paint)
• Paintbrush with 3-inch bristles
• Dish soap
• Grout (if desired medium is tile)
• Ceramic tiles (if desired)
• Spackle knife (if desired medium is tile)
• Wallpaper glue (if desired medium is wallpaper)
• Vinyl wallpaper (if desired)
• Interior latex paint primer (if desired medium is paint)
• Paint tray (if desired medium is wallpaper or paint)
• Paint roller (if desired medium is wallpaper or paint)
• Interior latex paint (if desired)
Step 1: Use the sponge to wash the backsplash with a mixture of dish soap and warm water. Rinse the backsplash with warm water applied with the sponge and dry it with the towel.
Step 2: Apply paint thinner or a deglossing agent with the paintbrush, based on the laminate surface.
Step 3: Once the area has dried, sand the surface if it is not entirely smooth or consists of textured laminate. If you plant to paint the laminate and the surface is smooth, this step is unnecessary.
Step 4: Select the medium you will use to cover the backsplash. This determines the materials and tools needed.
If ceramic tiles will be used, lay out a sufficient number of tiles. Use the spackle knife to apply the grout to a section of the backsplash. Do not grout a larger area than you can cover with tiles before the grout dries. Place the tiles over the grout in an equidistant manner. Put enough force on the tiles to secure them in the grout. Clean debris or excess grout off tiles using a sponge dipped in warm water. Let tiles dry overnight.
To apply wallpaper instead, use the tape measure to measure the area to be covered. Use scissors to cut the wallpaper to fit. Pour some wallpaper glue into the paint tray and use a paint roller to apply the glue to the laminate. Place the wallpaper over the glue, positioning it carefully and using your hands to pull it tight and smooth any air bubbles. If several sections of wallpaper must be applied, overlap a new section on a previous one by ½ to 1 inch. Let the wallpaper glue dry overnight.
To paint the backsplash, first tape off the work area with the painter’s tape. Apply two coats of latex-based paint primer with the paint brush. Allow 2 hours for the primer to dry and then apply one to two coats of interior latex paint, allowing the first coat to dry before applying a second. Once the painted area is dry, remove the painter’s tape.
Step 5: After applying the new medium to the backsplash, use the sponge and water to remove remaining debris. A painted laminate backsplash may require occasional touch-ups in the future.