What do I do with the laminate on my kitchen walls?

Elaine M
by Elaine M
I have an 80's kitchen with yellow laminate on the countertop then running up the wall to underneath the cabinets. I am planning on painting the countertops now and replacing them in a couple of years. Not sure what to do with the laminate running up the wall. I think it would look weird to paint that too. Any suggestions?
  8 answers
  • Have you been able to see what's behind them, Elaine? It would be ideal to remove it and replace with a tile. There are faux-tiles that actually stick-on, or doing a reed wallpaper to give some texture might be interesting. Post some pictures!

  • Paint-N-Plus Paint-N-Plus on Aug 29, 2012
    Your choices are limited with the laminate.If you can remove it.Lowes has good deals on tile type back splashes.Be sure to use a really good primer on your counter top.I would go with a alcohol base product (Slack) there to insure bonding.Nothing worse than to get it done only to have it peel or scratch off.Good Luck

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Aug 30, 2012
    It depends on how your colors work, you don't have to paint the laminate backsplash if you don't mind some of the ol yellar being around.

  • There are all sorts of things that you can do. it all depends upon your imagination. There is granite stone paint kits for laminate so why not paint it with some texture look. You could paint a brick pattern by doing a grout color first, tape then follow with a brick or stone color. If the paint is good enough to use on a counter, then it will work fine for a wall surface. You can also use the double stick tape system and place low cost tile on the surface. This product which is not real cheep is applied to the wall surface, then the paper on the front is removed. Once that occurs the adhesive is revealed that the tile will stick to. No mess what so ever. Simply cut and stick any tile of choice on the surface, then grout. If you have assistance you can have it done in a day or at most a weekend.

  • Elaine M Elaine M on Sep 03, 2012
    Thank you for all the suggestions. I probably need to remove the laminate on the walls or tile over it.

  • Connie Phillips Connie Phillips on Dec 21, 2015
    You did not mention the style of your kitchen but I would use this as an opportunity to do a river rock backsplash. Rocks are free, I have been collecting them myself to do a bathroom floor.

  • Lindsey Lindsey on Feb 01, 2016
    I have a laminate countertop in my kitchen. As an experiment, I painted it with the same epoxy paint I used to paint my garden bathtub. It turned out really nice. All I had to do was make sure the countertop was clean before painting it. That was about 10 years ago. It still looks good, although I am thinking about replacing it just to update the kitchen. You can find the epoxy paint at WalMart for less than $30.

  • Elaine M Elaine M on Feb 01, 2016
    I decided to get a new countertop.