Have you thought about using granite tile? Laminate runs about $1.5 - 2+ pr square foot plus the cost of making the countertop and installing it. I found Granite tile on the web staring at $3.90 pr sqaure foot and up ! Check out https://www.marblewarehouse.com and http://www.stonelocator.com .Installation etc will probably be a little more expensive than laminate but should not be prohibitive. I did my own work and when everything was said and done, I spent approx $7-8 pr sf. If using laminate the cost would have been about half. But nothing compares to the look of granite.