Home>Discussions>KITCHENS>laminate counter rolls up to be backsplash
4 posts / 0 new
Last post
laminate counter rolls up to be backsplash

Hi - I am planning to replace my kitchen counters with quartz stone. The problem: House was built in 1992, and laminate was put on counters and rolled up to be the backsplash, too. How can I remove this without ripping out the drywall ? It appears to go up under the upper cabinets for about 1/4 - 1/2 inch. If I have to replace the drywall, what would the typical cost be or what should it cover ? I live in Louisiana. Thank you for any help/advice - !!:)

Re: laminate counter rolls up to be backsplash

I think that when you remove the counter top/backsplash the dry wall will crumble. That's OK, just get it out at the same time. Re-drywalling is easy - this area will be covered so perfection is not needed here. Also this will give you a chance to inspect the framing and to improve your electrical - maybe add receptacles and a circuit breaker.
Cost? it varies, you'll need estimates from local handymen.

Re: laminate counter rolls up to be backsplash

The cost of materials for the drywall will be insignificant -- likely less than $50. For the area you will be doing, the cost of labor shouldn't be very much; probably less than $500.

I do agree with DJ; this is the best time to upgrade the electrical. I recommend at least two duplex receptacles for each section of counter. This will accommodate parked appliances (toaster, coffee maker) and still leave outlets free for portable appliances. Having a spot to plug in a night light is nice, too. Since heating appliances (coffee makers, electric griddles, waffle irons, toasters, crock pots, etc.) only have a 2 foot cord, receptacles shouldn't be more than about 3 feet apart, or there will be places you simply can't use them!

Code requires a minimum of two 20A "small appliance" circuits in the kitchen. In addition to that, I recommend dedicated circuits for microwave hood, refrigerator, and disposer, even though it's not required since they are cord-and-plug connected. A toaster and microwave on the same circuit could overload it, causing the breaker to trip. Built-in appliances like dishwashers are required to be on dedicated circuits.

Don't forget the light over the sink.

Re: laminate counter rolls up to be backsplash

Had no idea about this. Thanx for sharing this info

Sponsored Stories

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.