Laminate Countertops & Backsplash

Projects, Remodeling

  1. Heather says:

    I am still gaining inspiration from your posts as we venture into life at our new house. I was completely inspired when we moved in, but now that we are here it doesn’t really feel like home. I’m struggling. I have to keep reminding myself God blessed us with this house.
    We’ve already agreed this is not our forever home, but will suffice for the next five to six years when we are ready to move to Colorado (both of us miss the mountains) and have emptied our nest of kiddos. Your posts are helping me to keep dreaming of what this house can be while we are living here.

    • Shayna says:

      I’m so glad my posts are helpful for you! I do understand your struggle. I’ve felt it before too… especially when there are so many projects that need to be done in order for your inspiration to start feeling realistic. I’ve always found it helpful to work one room at a time, focusing on doing what I can and making the changes I can do without major work being done. It’s still hard, but slowly I make progress and it starts to feel like home. I hope that helps! Hang in there! 🙂

      • Kim says:

        Hi there. We are starting our kitchen remodel. Just left Home Depot and picked out the Calaatta marble in satin touch finish. I love your waterfall finish.
        I am curious what edge you used on the countertops? I also have a large island I need to do so I am looking for advice. Thank you for your wonderful post!!
        Kim J.

  2. Hi Shayna – The counters look amazing!!! Laminate sure has come a long way!!! WOWO!

  3. MJ Lopuch says:

    Your kitchen looks ‘great’ for a budget minded project.
    You have an eye for making things look so nice!
    Autumn blessings to you and your little one.

  4. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous!!! Love, love, love it! Everything is coming together and looks beautiful!

    • Mandy says:

      Hi! I love your countertops and am doing something similar in my kitchen. I’m wondering how the glossy finish is holding up – are you seeing that it scratches easily compared to something like the satintouch finish?

      • Shayna says:

        Thank you! We sold this house a few years ago, but up until the day we moved, the countertops were in fabulous condition. I didn’t have any issues with scratches. I really loved these countertops! 🙂

  5. Linda says:

    Beautiful! Totally looks real and so great!

  6. Michelle says:

    Wow what a great look!!

  7. They look gorgeous and they will hold up really well! We’ve done the same thing and have not been disappointed:)

  8. Rae Lynn says:

    Drop dead gorgeous! Your link for the countertop wasn’t working do you mind sharing again please? We are in the market for a remodel and I love this!
    Beautiful baby girl!!!!

  9. Cindy N. says:

    Looks fabulous!

  10. Ellen says:

    This looks really pretty! I know you’re glad things are coming together.

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  12. Candice says:

    What a beautiful kitchen – thank you for sharing! I am in the exact moment in my kitchen project where I have to move away from a stone countertop due to cost and your results with laminate are giving me hope. One thing I’m extremely hung up on is a black seam being visible along the edge. Looking at your photos, this doesn’t seem to be an issue in your kitchen? Or maybe the seams don’t stand out as much as I fear they will? Any insight you have would be super appreciated!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad you are finding inspiration in our kitchen! I understand your concern… I had it too, but our countertop maker did a fantastic job! There aren’t any dark seams along the edge. It looks like a thick piece of marble and we love it! They told us when they made it this way, that we’d need to be careful with the edge, just because of how they’d need to make it, and so far we haven’t had any issues. I would do it over again in a heartbeat! I hope this helps! 🙂

  13. Martha says:

    Love it.
    What were the edges of the backsplash finished with?

  14. Kristine Jackson says:

    This is so beautiful!

    Did you use Formica laminate sheeting built up to 3/4” think? We are looking to make cost effective changes to our kitchen and we love your backsplash look!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you so much! The backsplash is built out at 3/4″ thick to make it look more realistic and like a true slab of marble. I hope that helps! 🙂

  15. Danielle says:

    Hi there. My husband and I are in love with your countertops, and would like to try to achieve something similar. How did you finish the edges on your countertops and backsplash? Is it one continuous piece that has a sharp bend around the edges of the countertop? The reason I ask is that I really like the square edge look, but from what I’m seeing online most edges need to be rounded or else they need to be cut. From your photos it doesn’t look like yours are cut, so how did they achieve this? Also how did you finish the edges on your backsplash? Are the edges wrapped or are they painted?

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you! Our local countertop company gets all the credit for executing what I wanted flawlessly. For the finished edge on our countertop and backsplash, there are two separate pieces, but they made the seam line up perfectly, eliminating the laminate “black seam” that gives them away. I’m honestly not sure how they did it, since we hired it done, but I can say the edge looks incredibly realistic in that it looks like a solid slab of marble. If you’re hiring this out, my advice would be to go over all your edge options. I talked in great detail about how I wanted the edge to be as seamless and realistic as possible. To me, that meant a square edge without the black seam. I hope that helps.

  16. Brianna says:

    How did you get a straight edge on your counter tops without the “brown edge” showing? This doesn’t seem to be an option on the Formica website.

    Thank you!!!

    • Shayna says:

      Our local countertop builder made it work and they did a fantastic job!! He knew I wanted it to be as realistic looking as possible and told me he could create what I wanted. He mentioned that the edge may not be as durable and may chip easier over time, but we haven’t had any issues with it. I’d recommend talking to a local countertop company and see what they say. I’ve had several other readers mention big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot are not able to create the same edge, or the waterfall edge, so check with your local countertop companies to see how they can customize this for you! I hope that helps! 🙂

    • Donna says:

      Formica sells something called Ideal edge. There is bull nosed, waterfall, double radius and ogee. You can see a video of it on their website.

  17. Bella says:

    I cannot find the gloss finish! Only Etchings and SatinTouch. Maybe they don’t make the gloss finish anymore, or did you get the SatinTouch Finish? Thanks!!

    • Shayna says:

      Hi there! We have the gloss finish, but I’m wondering if that’s part of their SatinTouch line. I know they still make the gloss finish, but perhaps you’ll need to contact a local countertop company to see if they can give you specific product details. From what I’ve heard from other readers, Home Depot and Lowes can’t recreate the same look, so a local shop sounds like the best option.

  18. Cindy says:

    Your kitchen is very beautiful! I would never have guessed that your counter tops were not marble. I will soon be renovating my kitchen and quartz is so much more expensive than laminate. I was wondering if laminate could actually look good though. Yours are gorgeous.

  19. Tony says:

    Hi! How did you get the edge to look so good? We would like to have a flat edge, like you, but everyone says that having a flat edge will create a black seam and make it look fake! But your’s doesn’t have a black seam! How did you do it? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • Shayna says:

      Sorry, just seeing your questions! Our countertop builder did a fabulous job. When I asked for them to build the countertops like this, we talked about the different options and they told me they could create the edge to where it didn’t have the traditional laminate black seam. They look much more realistic and like a solid piece of marble. They did mention that we’d need to be a little bit more careful with the edge because it could chip if it was hit hard, but we didn’t have any issue. Unfortunately, because we didn’t build them, I’m not sure what their process was to achieve this specific edge style. I’d recommend checking with a local countertop company and asking them questions.

  20. annie says:

    just found you and I’m OBSESSED! this kitchen has so many of the elements I’m trying to accomplish in our kitchen! YAY! quick question: how did you finish the edges of the backsplash against the wall? was that all done the same as the countertop edges by the installer? I tried looking for a pick showing that part, but couldn’t seem to find it. thank you AGAIN for showing this amazing project!!

    • Shayna says:

      Yay! So glad you found me and that you love this project! Me too! For the edge of the backsplash, the company who built them added the same laminate edge as what you see on the front of the countertops. It essentially looks seamless as well. I hope that helps!

  21. Amanda says:

    Where did you get your sink? I’ve been looking for one to use with laminate that has the apron front like that!

  22. Kylie says:

    I found your image on pinterest and am so excited to see someone use a laminate material behind their stove. So far, all my research indicates you should not use laminate behind your stove because it’s not tolerant to high heat. How has your held up?

    • Shayna says:

      We didn’t have any issues with the heat on the laminate. It was something our countertop installer mentioned, but it wasn’t ever an issue.

  23. Ivy says:

    OK, it’s now 2023, almost three years after installation. How’s the laminate behind the stove holding up? Has it suffered any discoloration or warping from the repeated exposure to heat?

    • Shayna says:

      Hi Ivy! We sold this house in 2021, but have remained in contact with the new owners. We are not aware of any issues with the laminate. Hope that helps!

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