How to Upgrade Peel and Stick Vinyl Kitchen Countertops

Peel and stick vinyl tiles or sheets placed on a kitchen counter are sometimes the only way some people can afford to update a surface. Thus, if you have recently moved into a house and don't like the countertop, you can make a change. Upgrading first requires removal of the vinyl from the plywood subsurface, then the easiest upgrade you can do yourself is a tile counter.

Things You'll Need

  • Heat gun
  • Scraper
  • Sander
  • Thin set
  • Notched trowel
  • Tiles
  • Spacers
  • Power saw
  • Grout
  • Rubber float
  • Sponge

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Peel the vinyl off the plywood subsurface. If it does not budge, then use a heat gun, or even a hair dryer, to heat the surface. This should loosen the bond of the glue. Once loose, pull the vinyl off. Use a scraper under the vinyl to help release the stick on surface.

Sand the surface of the plywood to remove stuck on glue as much as you can. Wipe off the dust when you are through.

Spread thin set mortar along the counter edge. Start at one end and work in small sections. Use counter tile edge pieces. Set them so the top edge of the tile is even with the top of the counter. Space the tiles from one-eighth to one-quarter inches apart. Continue until you have covered the counter edge.

Cut tiles, if needed, using a power saw with a carbide tip blade. Mark the tile with a pencil, then use the marked line as your guide to cut the tile.

Spread mortar on the top of the counter with the notched trowel. Start in one corner and line up the first tile so it is straight. Continue placing tiles out from the first one, spacing them one-eighth to one-quarter inches apart. Cut tiles on the other end of the counter if they don't fit properly. Leave tiles to set for a day.

Apply grout to the tile surface with a rubber grout float. Wipe the tile with a damp sponge to remove any mortar. Let the tile dry for a couple days before using.


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