Re: laminate counter rolls up to be backsplash
The cost of materials for the drywall will be insignificant -- likely less than $50. For the area you will be doing, the cost of labor shouldn't be very much; probably less than $500.
I do agree with DJ; this is the best time to upgrade the electrical. I recommend at least two duplex receptacles for each section of counter. This will accommodate parked appliances (toaster, coffee maker) and still leave outlets free for portable appliances. Having a spot to plug in a night light is nice, too. Since heating appliances (coffee makers, electric griddles, waffle irons, toasters, crock pots, etc.) only have a 2 foot cord, receptacles shouldn't be more than about 3 feet apart, or there will be places you simply can't use them!
Code requires a minimum of two 20A "small appliance" circuits in the kitchen. In addition to that, I recommend dedicated circuits for microwave hood, refrigerator, and disposer, even though it's not required since they are cord-and-plug connected. A toaster and microwave on the same circuit could overload it, causing the breaker to trip. Built-in appliances like dishwashers are required to be on dedicated circuits.
Don't forget the light over the sink.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.