Do you have kitchen countertops that look old and worn out? If so, you may want to upgrade your kitchen countertops as part of your kitchen renovation project. Brand new countertops can have your kitchen looking like an entirely new room without actually remodeling the entire kitchen. This project can be completed as a do it yourself project in a few easy steps.
The first step is to clear out the kitchen to give yourself the room you need. You will have to obviously take everything off of the countertops, but you may also have to remove cabinets that hang over the area that you want to replace. Be sure to do this carefully so you do not lose any screws, and label each piece of the cabinet.
The next step is to remove the actual countertop. The best place to start is with the sink. Pull out the sink first and then the backsplash can be removed using a pry bar. Although you can also do the plumbing yourself, it may be best to hire a plumber as you do not want to mess up the plumbing in your kitchen. After you do this, you must be sure to be careful when lifting up the countertop for removal.
After that, the next step is to dry-fit the countertops. This can be done by adding strips of particleboard to ensure that the new counter is even and properly supported. The final step is simply gluing the pieces of the new countertop into place.
There are several different materials to choose for your new countertop. Granite is an absolutely stunning option, but it is a heavy stone so you must make sure that your cabinet base is sturdy enough to evenly support the weight. Granite also must be treated every so often to avoid staining. Another option is a solid surfacing. This is great in terms of maintenance because unlike granite, it never has to be sealed. Unfortunately, this does not have the same level of aesthetic appeal as a granite countertop.
The bottom line is that the countertops of a kitchen are a very important area when it comes to any kitchen renovation project. Although it may seem like a complex project, it is actually a simple do it yourself project for any handy person. No matter which type of material you choose for your countertop, as long as you follow these steps you will be satisfied with the finished result.