Asked on Mar 03, 2020

Can I install live wood over an ugly tile kitchen countertop?

Linda Hunt
by Linda Hunt

I have seen many live wood projects installed right over laminate counters. I have been dreaming of live edge butcher block counters since I was 20..I am now 60 and time to get 'er done, darn it. I have serious patience and extremely tight budget bwahahaha. The twain do not mix. I am too wordy. Does anyone know if I can install my wood overtop of those dark green tiles with what might have been white decades ago, lol? Anyone with advice I am open to all ideas and I thank you for taking the time to read this request.regards,Linda

  12 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 03, 2020

    Hi Linda I don't see why not! As long as those tiles/countertop are in good shape and provide a good solid foundation to put your butcher block over I say GO FOR IT! Ikea actually sells some pretty inexpensive butcher block you could use for the top, after that I would head to a local lumber yard for a live edge you could tack to the side of it.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 03, 2020

    I don't see any reason why you cannot put wood over the tile but it will add a bit of thickness to them so I would take them into consideration. If there's no conflict, you should be fine.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 03, 2020

    I did a little research and it is not recommended to put over tiles. If your countertop were smooth with no grout it could be done. I would take a scraper and chisel and take off all the tiles. It should not take too long. You will be left with a smooth top to install your butcher block.

  • You likely can do so but be aware this is going to change your working height and it may prove uncomfortable. Test out the difference in height with a piece of scrap the same thickness.

  • I would honestly remove the entire existing countertop and replace it with the wood slab. Putting it over the tiles will raise the height too much. We just installed a wooden countertop and just popped it on top of the cabinets directly.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 03, 2020

    HI Linda, you can Install over existing countertops for ease of installation. Tile and natural stone, as well as other laminate surfaces, can serve as an adequate base for your laminate tiles. As long as the surface is flat, solid and well-mounted, you can go right over the top. But i

    would say your height may change depending on how thick the live edge wood slab is

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 03, 2020

    Hello. It would depend on your slab thickness and if this adjustment would impact your comfort working on the countertop.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Mar 04, 2020

    Is some of the tile countertop that you want to cover surrounding the sink?

    If so, then it will not be possible to simply put any additional counter top over it without adversely affecting the sink mounting.

    If you really do like the look of wooden countertops, then one option that is considerably more 'budget friendly' that purchasing live edge slabs is to go the route of laminate that looks like real wood.

    Here are two examples; lots more on Pinterest.

  • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Mar 04, 2020

    Thank you everyone for such great information. Now I have a few choices to achieve the look.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 04, 2020

    Hi Linda,

    Overlay your existing tops with timber rather than removing them. That will save on time and money. Best wishes.... Price it up and Go for it!

    You could always ask one or two Carpenter/Builders to give you a price to do it, so you will have the satisfaction of knowing How much it would have cost and How long it will have taken for someone else to have done it for you. You could be pleasantly enlightened!

    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Mar 28, 2020

      Thank you so much John. I apologize for missing it for so long! On the other hand spring is almost here, lol.

      Be well to you and yours,