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How do you tile a countertop?

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To lay tile over laminate countertops, determine the pattern, remove the sink and stove, and sand the laminate. Reinforce any weak areas, including the thin strips around the sink, by adding support boards. Install the tile, and apply the grout.

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  1. Determine the pattern

    Lay the tile out in several different patterns on the counter top to determine which appeals to you.

  2. Remove the stove and sink

    Pull the stove from its location, unplug it and store it in an out-of-the-way location. Disconnect the faucet and sink drains. Remove the sink from the counter top.

  3. Sand the laminate

    Sanding the smooth laminate provides better adhesion for the thin-set concrete used to hold the tile in place.

  4. Reinforce weak areas

    Attach boards under both the wall and inside of the cabinet face where the existing counter lacks support. Look at areas such as those at the front and back of the sink.

  5. Apply the tile

    Mix the thin-set concrete per the manufacturer's instructions, and spread it on the laminate. Beginning at the sink, place the tiles in the desired pattern. Cover the backsplash and front edge of the counter with tile.

  6. Apply the grout

    Mix the grout according to the manufacturer's directions, and apply it to the tile. Use a damp sponge to wipe away excess grout. Continue rinsing the tile face until you remove all the haze from the grout.

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