Not every kitchen remodel requires a pull-and-replace approach, especially if the existing cabinets are in good shape. Where that's the case, a nice-looking tile job can be a cost-effective way to dress things up. In the project described here, I transformed the entire look of a kitchen in less than two days by covering a tired plastic laminate countertop and a wallpapered backsplash with ceramic tile.

Because the homeowners had just installed new vinyl flooring the week before, my first move was to protect the floor with a layer of cardboard. I also set the stove and sink aside, out of harm's way.

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