Marble Countertop Hack: How to Tile Over Laminate Countertop

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I've always had big dreams of walking into this massive kitchen, the size of my living room, with these gorgeous carrara marble countertops. Marble countertops are about as classic and luxurious as it gets in my eyes. Unfortunately, I haven't won the lottery yet so I had to improvise and work withing my budget and my space. Here is how I transformed the old dated and dingy laminate countertops in my kitchen to marble countertops.

The kitchen when I first bought the home.

Attched a waterproofing membrane by Schluter called Ditra Membrane to the laminate counter.

Dry fit the 12x12 marble prior to tiling the counters.

Created a undermount sink look by using Schluter Rondec Sink Corners and tile edging trim. This also eliminated the need to undo and redo plumbing. Needless to say I was very happy about that. :)

Completed undermount sink.

Now the counters I've always dreamed of having at a fraction of a cost.

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  • Annette Annette on Apr 28, 2022

    Wouldn't it have been less expensive to have a marble counter top installed? We have found that if you go to a marble/ granite "warehouse" you can usually find a "reminant" piece or pieces to fit your space at almost half the cost of a regular order.


    Did you seal in between the cracks at all

  • Jo Ann Stidman Jo Ann Stidman on Feb 04, 2023

    Excellent thanks for sharing. I am reviewing the tile edge trim you used . I see only for straight edge…does anyone know if they make this in curve for. To put around our round rv sink? This is for our little rv 24’ Sprinter…I am looking for lighter weight than the heavy tile. I found some 18” x24” like floor planks that I picked up samples to use for backsplash. After seeing your article …I thought gee why not use this for countertop.

    any advise would be appreciated

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  • Mariquita. Mariquita. on Oct 05, 2022

    Beautiful work,I will try it next summer,thanks for sharing.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Dee Dee on Dec 26, 2022

    Very Pretty!. I think I would have gone to a granite yard and used granite so that there would be no grout lines involved.

    • Annette Annette on May 16, 2023

      If your counter top isn't one long continuous piece or a small section, I have found that getting remnant pieces of granite or marble or any durable surface can be way less expensive to have installed and you have no grout lines...I did this twice, once in the house I lived in and now in the house we built...You can opt to just have the counter top installed and do the backsplash to save money...However, in many older homes, there is a lot of leveling to do and many walls are no longer straight and flat so we opted to select and buy the tile and have the counter top guys install the backsplash....