Instead of purchasing a solid wood countertop that can be very expensive you can install a laminate veneer countertop in its place. A laminate veneer countertop is one that is made of thin layers of wood and other material. Laminating the veneer layers provides an additional layer of protection necessary to protect your veneer surface and make it last longer. If you did not purchase a pre-laminated veneer countertop for your kitchen you can laminate it yourself by following the steps and tips provided in this how-to article.
Step 1 - Purchase Veneer Laminate
To laminate the veneer countertops installed in your home you need to purchase a veneer laminate from a home improvement center. This material when applied will put a thin protective layer on top of the veneer surface.
Veneer laminate comes in very thin sheets so when handling the laminate, handle with care. It can easily bend and break if mishandled.
Step 2 - Prepare Veneer Countertop
In order to apply the veneer laminate you purchased, remove all items on top of the counter. Clean the countertop with soap and water and make sure it is clean and dry before you begin the process of applying the veneer laminate.
Step 3 - Apply Adhesive to Veneer Countertop
Apply a layer of adhesive to the top of the veneer countertop. The adhesive is needed to adhere the laminate to the top of the counter. Be sure to spread the adhesive evenly and completely throughout the countertop in order to get a good adhesion when you lay the laminate on top.
Step 4 - Attach the Laminate to the Veneer Countertop
Carefully lay the laminate on top of the veneer countertop. Take your time when laying it down since you will be working with a large sheet of laminate. If you work too fast the laminate material can get caught in the wrong position, making it more difficult to work with. If possible, work with an assistant when putting the laminate on top of the veneer counter. This will make it easier for you to handle the laminate material and position it properly.
Once the laminate has been maneuvered in position, press down and use your hands to carefully smooth the laminate out.
Step 5 - Smooth the Laminate with a Roller
After you smooth the laminate with your hands to set it in place, take a roller and carefully press down on top of the laminate layer. Roll the entire countertop several times. This should remove any air trapped inside the laminate layer and make it adhere better to the top of the veneer counter.
If necessary take a utility knife and use it to trim the edges of the laminate. This may be necessary in order to make it fit better and give it a professional installation look.