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Laminate Kitchen Table

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Laminate Kitchen Table

Installing the New Laminate Cut the new laminate slightly larger than the top of the table with a utility knife, using a straightedge as a guide. Apply contact cement to the surface of the table and the back of the laminate, and allow it to dry for 5 or 10 minutes so it becomes tacky. Place wooden shims around the perimeter of the table in order to prevent the laminate and the table from coming into contact while the laminate is being installed. Lay the laminate on top of the table and remove the shims to allow the laminate to come into contact with the table. Press the laminate into the table by running a J-roller over the surface, and remove the excess overhang by running a router along the edges of the table. Place clamps around the perimeter of the table for at least 24 hours to hold the laminate in place while the contact cement cures. If you’re using self-adhesive laminate, cut a piece of laminate that is large enough to extend one inch past the edges of the table (break the table into separate sections if the sheet of laminate isn’t big enough to cover it). Remove the backing paper and place the laminate onto the table. Press it firmly against the table and roll the J-roller over the surface. Trim the excess laminate off the sheet with a utility knife.
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Laminate Kitchen Table

Cut the new laminate slightly larger than the top of the table with a utility knife, using a straightedge as a guide. Apply contact cement to the surface of the table and the back of the laminate, and allow it to dry for 5 or 10 minutes so it becomes tacky. Place wooden shims around the perimeter of the table in order to prevent the laminate and the table from coming into contact while the laminate is being installed. Lay the laminate on top of the table and remove the shims to allow the laminate to come into contact with the table. Press the laminate into the table by running a J-roller over the surface, and remove the excess overhang by running a router along the edges of the table. Place clamps around the perimeter of the table for at least 24 hours to hold the laminate in place while the contact cement cures. If you’re using self-adhesive laminate, cut a piece of laminate that is large enough to extend one inch past the edges of the table (break the table into separate sections if the sheet of laminate isn’t big enough to cover it). Remove the backing paper and place the laminate onto the table. Press it firmly against the table and roll the J-roller over the surface. Trim the excess laminate off the sheet with a utility knife.
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Laminate Kitchen Table

Removing the Old Laminate Surface While you can usually lay the new laminate surface directly on top of the existing surface, removing the old surface allows you to apply the new laminate directly to the table. The laminate is attached to the table with glue. To remove it, use a heat gun to apply heat to the laminate along one edge of the table. (If there is a point where the laminate is starting to peel away from the wood, begin there.) The heat softens the glue, making it more pliable. Pry the laminate away from the wood with a putty knife or 5-in-1 painter’s tool. If the laminate begins to crack when you’re prying it away, apply more heat to the surface to further soften the glue. You can also heat the glue with a steam iron, running it over the surface in a circular motion while applying steam. The type of laminate you’re using also plays a role in the decision on whether or not to remove the old laminate. Self-adhesive laminate can be installed on top of an existing laminate surface that isn’t damaged, but if you’re using nonadhesive laminate, stripping the old laminate may be a better option as the wood underlayment provides a better surface for the adhesive you must apply for the new laminate.

Laminate Kitchen Table

While you can usually lay the new laminate surface directly on top of the existing surface, removing the old surface allows you to apply the new laminate directly to the table. The laminate is attached to the table with glue. To remove it, use a heat gun to apply heat to the laminate along one edge of the table. (If there is a point where the laminate is starting to peel away from the wood, begin there.) The heat softens the glue, making it more pliable. Pry the laminate away from the wood with a putty knife or 5-in-1 painter’s tool. If the laminate begins to crack when you’re prying it away, apply more heat to the surface to further soften the glue. You can also heat the glue with a steam iron, running it over the surface in a circular motion while applying steam. The type of laminate you’re using also plays a role in the decision on whether or not to remove the old laminate. Self-adhesive laminate can be installed on top of an existing laminate surface that isn’t damaged, but if you’re using nonadhesive laminate, stripping the old laminate may be a better option as the wood underlayment provides a better surface for the adhesive you must apply for the new laminate.
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Laminate Kitchen Table

Choosing the Replacement Laminate Wood laminate is available in many colors and designs. Choose an attractive surface that goes along with your kitchen’s overall decor — in particular the chairs for the table. For example, if your kitchen chairs are cherry, with a minimal grain pattern visible, don’t consider laminate that is dark or has a pattern consisting of heavy grain lines and knots printed on the surface. Different types of laminate have different installation methods. Some laminate is installed by applying an adhesive to the back edge of the laminate and the surface to which it’s being attached. Pressure-sensitive, or self-adhesive, laminate has the adhesive applied as part of the installation process. The adhesive is covered by paper until you are ready to install it.
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Laminate Kitchen Table

Wood laminate is available in many colors and designs. Choose an attractive surface that goes along with your kitchen’s overall decor — in particular the chairs for the table. For example, if your kitchen chairs are cherry, with a minimal grain pattern visible, don’t consider laminate that is dark or has a pattern consisting of heavy grain lines and knots printed on the surface. Different types of laminate have different installation methods. Some laminate is installed by applying an adhesive to the back edge of the laminate and the surface to which it’s being attached. Pressure-sensitive, or self-adhesive, laminate has the adhesive applied as part of the installation process. The adhesive is covered by paper until you are ready to install it.
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Laminate Kitchen Table

Wood laminate is a plastic material imprinted with a wood grain design that is applied to furniture and cabinets. The laminate is a fairly inexpensive building material, is more durable and requires less maintenance than a natural wood surface, and is easy to clean. When used on a kitchen table, wood laminate undergoes heavy use, and can be damaged by hot items being placed on the surface. You can replace the old laminate surface to make your kitchen table look like new.
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Laminate Kitchen Table

The surface must be prepared for the new laminate before it is installed to ensure that it will adhere properly to the wood. Clear off any remaining bits of glue or pieces of laminate that remained when you removed the main sheet by heating them with the heat gun and scraping them off with the scraping tool. Sand the surface of the wood with fine-grit sandpaper to remove any remaining glue from the surface. If you’re laying the new laminate directly on top of the existing laminate, sand the surface to scuff it. This provides a better surface for the glue to adhere to. Wipe the table down with a mild cleanser to remove the dust and any other dirt, and allow the surface to dry.
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Prepping the Tabletop The surface must be prepared for the new laminate before it is installed to ensure that it will adhere properly to the wood. Clear off any remaining bits of glue or pieces of laminate that remained when you removed the main sheet by heating them with the heat gun and scraping them off with the scraping tool. Sand the surface of the wood with fine-grit sandpaper to remove any remaining glue from the surface. If you’re laying the new laminate directly on top of the existing laminate, sand the surface to scuff it. This provides a better surface for the glue to adhere to. Wipe the table down with a mild cleanser to remove the dust and any other dirt, and allow the surface to dry.
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Hi! So glad I found this blog! So I just bought a table today from the Habitat for Humanity store. It’s two-tone…. has a light, wood veneer top and the rest of the table has a darker, cherry finish but is all solid wood. It really is a gorgeous table! Wish I could show you! The veneer has a small chip in the corner, and it looks like a kid tried to carve his name in the top. It also has some buckling in it, possibly from heat. The rest of the solid wood part of the table has some scratches, normal wear and tear. I want to “restore” the wood veneer, just didn’t know if that was possible. I bought this table for 200 bucks, hoping I could make it into something my own since I have 4 children and desperately needed a table (we were eating on the floor). Any suggestions? I’d like to stay with the “two-tone” look. My boyfriend says he can just sand it down, and poly and stain it. My mother, on the other hand, is convinced this table is a lost cause and I wasted my money…. doesn’t think I’ll be able to do anything with the wood veneer. Your input would be greatly valued and appreciated. Thanks!!!!!!!

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