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« on: January 02, 2006 01:25:07 PM »

Wel;l I saw another thread where some body did mosiac tiles onher bathroom counter, I am not sure I want to do just mosiacs, but tiles for sure, can I do this over my current marble countertop or what about stripping the formica of my kitchen counters and tiling it?  Would that work?  I am just tossing around some home improvement ideas in my head, anything that would be cheaper than buying the really cool, yet very expensive, countertops I really want

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2006 02:20:21 AM »

Hi hugs-n-bugs -- Maaan, if I had 'marble' I sure do believe I'd try to restore them first, rather than tiling. Did you really mean marble or did you mean "laminate" countertop..??

I have no earthly idea about the possibility of replacing marble w/ tile, or tiling directly on marble ---
but with laminate countertop sure you can do it, tho not necessarily super-cheaply or super-quickly.. well, that is, not if you want to do it properly, lol.

Below is a reasonably brief how-to.  Actually there are some rather-more-detailed explanations online, & if I were you I'd print out a few & study them carefully to be sure you understand the materials, tools, process, etc before starting --- especially if you've never tiled anything before. Good luck; have fun!


Just in case you did mean laminate countertop... here are two more possibilites to consider:

"recessing" ceramic tile into damaged area(s):

simply painting the countertop:
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2006 07:49:25 PM »

To get the tile to stick, you need to rough up the surface of laminate a bit, then use what's called a mastic to put it up with.  I have done a mosaic before over an old marble countertop that was pointless in trying to restore.  I sanded it with really rough sand paper first, and used the mastic, and after i grouted the tile, i sealed the grout with a typical bathroom grout sealer (one that inhibits mold and mildew).  It can be done, but I have found that not roughing the surface of the old laminate, etc., the tile can eventually break loose of that smooth surface.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2006 08:38:12 PM »

Ok So roughin up the laminate, thanks for the tip, Now you mentioned Marble, well I am not sure these are real marble countertops in my bathroom, but what would I rough them up with?  the same stuff?

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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2006 08:46:30 PM »

Yeah a rough sand paper would help, you can get Tile-Masitc at your home improvement store or hardware store, same with the sealer.  if you are using different thickness tiles, make sure you add extra mastic down in areas the tiles are thinner, that way it's all level when you are done.
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