How to Wallpaper a Laminate Countertop

By Greg Abazorius

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

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.

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

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

Apply the Wallpaper

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.

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

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

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

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.