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Re: Rustoleum Transformations
What are you looking to do and why? Replace just the Formica tops? Formica is real easy to work with. From what I see all edges are covered wood, that can be removed and reused. You can buy, white Formica covered high density particle board, made for counter tops 4'x8' sheets, and maybe smaller quantities. Be careful not to buy a Melamine covered plywood. Looks like Formica, and they use it on the insides of cabinets, but it is a paint. Sound like you can handle the removal of the old counter, if so I would suggest removing it and bring it to a counter top maker and get a price. This is so small, I am sure it will not cost to have a replacement all sized up and holes cut for little money, and no headaches trying to get to fit.
Or remove the old, use it as a template and make your own. U-tube search for how to laminate Formica will help, it's easy to do.
And one last suggestion...I will get many eye rolls for this one. But I was a professional finish carpenter for many years and found that you can sand and old counter top with 80 grit and install new Formica over the old. You can do this without removing the existing counter. You will need to remove sink and any other obstructions, The Formica can run right over the wood nosing. You maybe able to barrow or rent the router you will need. You well need to make a pattern and dry fit the new Formica. Cut the sink hole out after glued down.
You will have issues using that preformed counter top. Look at the under side of it and you will see. Back splash will have to be cut off, and it looks like you need a wider top to cover the "L" shape. Cutting a per-laminated top or sheet is not easy to do without chipping. Biggest mistake made is the sink hole is not a square or rectangular hole. The corners are rounded and the hole need to match those curves.
Taking a second look at is project...you have a storage locker in the middle of that top, I have one that is an ice chest. If you plan on keeping that feature, and I'm sure you do, it makes it project a lot more complicated. I suggest bringing to a professional counter top maker.
If you need more info, let me know. Good luck.
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Last edited by Delta-T; 10-27-2013 at 11:53 AM.