Lee,if by laminate samples you mean the floor tiles there are several YouTube videos of these being cut and laid to create beautiful patterns. Robin Cary's dollhouse floors look as though that is what was used too. Now whether or not they would peel or lift is a good question. They certainly do in real life but then that is after much time and wear they probably won't get in a mini house. The thinner vinyl like contact paper weight does shrink and curl.
Holly, I used a broken sliver of wood with a jagged edge to paint over a Lawbre fireplace that just didn't have enough veins for my l