How to Wallpaper a Laminate Countertop

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Things You'll Need

  • Epoxy
  • Surface cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Bonding primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Measuring tape
  • Pre-pasted wallpaper
  • Table
  • Razor

Wallpapering an old or out-of-style laminate counter top can be a fun and exciting way to refresh a room in your home. Before you get started, though, know what tools you will need and what kind of preparation must be undertaken. A little time spent in preparation will ensure the quality of your project's outcome.

Prep the Existing Countertop

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Re-bond any areas where the laminate has separated from the countertop base with a strong epoxy. Make sure that any glue used has completely dried before you continue.

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Wash down the laminate surface with a surface cleaner and sponge to remove excess dirt and grease.

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Apply a bonding primer to laminate surface with paint brush. Completely cover the countertop. Let it dry.

Apply the Wallpaper

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Measure the surface of the countertop. Cut a piece of wallpaper big enough to leave at least 1 inch of overhang on each counter edge. The overhang will ensure that you do not run out of wallpaper to cover the space.

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Place wallpaper on the table, pasted side up. Moisten pasted side with wet sponge.

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Apply paper to countertop, pasted side down, leaving excess overhang. Smooth wrinkles with a clean, damp sponge.

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Fold wallpaper overhangs over so that printed sides are touching. After creating creases, use razor to cut lines along creases and trim excess paper.

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Wash off any paste, using a clean sponge, that may have found its way onto the printed side of the wallpaper.


  • Not cleaning your countertop before applying primer will keep excess grease on the surface and prevent wallpaper from adhering.


About the Author

Greg Abazorius is a full-time editor at an independent publishing company in the Boston area. Developing a love for writing in elementary school, he received a Creative Writing degree from Roger Williams University. He has edited and written for over four years professionally, and regularly publishes his work in local community newspapers and features-oriented magazines. Additionally, Greg has published poetry in various collegiate publications.

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