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Laminate countertops without a self backsplash?

jonathan3December 14, 2012
Using the same material for a small backsplash looks outdated. Is it? It seems like all new installations have the same material from the surface of the counter to the bottom of the cabinets including laminate. Hmmm?
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
If I were doing a laminate countertop, I would tile the backsplash the same way I would do it if it were a granite countertop, as is shown in photo below.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
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    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 8:25PM
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The laminate that curves into a backsplash can be thought of as dated. As well the pliability of the laminate to make the curve means the laminate is thinner and easier to wear out.
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 10:12PM
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This is probably going to be the only kitchen I design for me. Thanks for the ideas--we are in the process of choosing the countertop and a curved backsplash looks dated. I would love to have the same backsplash from the surface of the counter to the bottom of the cabinets. It's a go--now to choose the backsplash.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 9:25AM
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Years ago when laminate was in use I used a heavy scrubbable wallpaper for the backsplash. In a very small stripe it looked greast and was very practical! Held up well. Used the same paper for the dining alcove. Loved it.
    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 10:39AM
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I'm remodeling my kitchen now as well, and budget ( along with personal preference) dictates formica instead of the higher end products used today. I'm using tile for the back splash just as I would for quartz, concrete, granite or other materials. You can do a wall vinyl, a painted beadboard, you can even use the same formica on the wall. I chose the tile backsplash so I could make the kitchen look more custom. Attached is a layout, the work will not be done for about a month yet. In the picture, you can see a sample in the lower right corner of the formica : Wilsonart HD 'Sedona Spirit'.
    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 7:14PM
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We, too, chose Wilsonart for its depth of color and texture. Ours is "something" Venito. We actually found a beautiful piece of Cosmos Schist for an island counter which separates the kitchen area from the great room. The dark formica was chosen for its practicality for a food prep space along with a stainless steel sink. We were told that it was not in good taste. We changed our contractor and got what we wanted--a beautiful peninsula serving area and a practical work space! It will be completed in about one month. We have chosen tile, but it is not as elaborate a pattern since we are doing the tile work ourselves.
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 9:19PM
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Wilsonart offers an extensive line of laminate countertop colors there are so many different ones to choose from. We met with a wonderful team at Web Don, here in Charlotte NC, when we chose our countertops materials. (http://www.web-don.com)
    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 7:38PM
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Mary Fabian
i know this is an old thread, but we're wanting to resurface our laminate, into a 'marble look cement' countertop. I'm thinking to remove that curved backsplash already installed on the laminate countertop. Is it outdated or coming back or what??
    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 1:20PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
The rolled backsplash is long gone. You can now treat it just like granite and put in the backsplash of your choice above the laminate countertop.
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1 Like    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 1:56PM
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Mary Fabian
Thank you :) I thought so, but like to double check.
    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 5:49AM
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