How to make a diy countertop

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How to make a diy countertop

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How to make a diy countertop

Today I’m showing you how to build a wood countertop with undermount sink. The one I built for my laundry room also has a sink insert so I can use the entire length to fold laundry. Wood counters like this would also work great in a bathroom or for a kitchen island. An inexpensive kitchen countertop would be easy to make. My total cost for this puppy was $25

DIY wood countertops

What you’ll need:

  • Five 8′ 2×6
  • Wood glue
  • Lots of clamps!

The cost of a 2×6 is about $5 so this probably the cheapest countertop I could make. It’s inexpensive construction lumber so it’s quite soft. With that in mind, I purposefully distressed it before staining and oiling it. The finish will harden the surface a bit but it will still get more dings and dents as it gets used. Distressing it to begin with makes it look more like reclaimed pine, so all the future “wear and tear” will just add to the character.

Distressing Wood

This is the fun part. Use whatever items you see laying around to scratch, scrape and hammer the wood. Distress it until you like how it looks. I like, chains, hammers, chisels, nails, wire brushes, screwdrivers and rocks.

How to make a diy countertop

Join the planks together using clamps and wood glue. Below I’ll give you a quick explanation of how to join planks. If you want more details, check out my X leg bench tutorial.

How to build a wood countertop

  • Trim the edges of each 2×6 with a jointer or on a table saw.
  • Glue and clamp them together to form one wide wood plank
    • If you are worried about keeping the whole surface flat during clamping, join pairs of 2×6 at a time. After the glue has dried, join the pairs together. That way you’re only worried about keeping one joint flat and even –at any given time.

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    Scrape off any excess glue once it’s set up. Then sand the entire top with a belt sander. Belt sanders take off a lot of wood FAST. Make sure you keep it moving all the time. Try to make sure you sand the whole surface evenly.

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    Lay a straight edge across the whole surface to make sure the countertop is even. If you see daylight under the straight edge, you’ll know where the high points are. Sand those areas more and then check again.

    Then smooth the surface with a random orbital sander. Start with 80 grit followed by 120 then 220. I like to make sure to round the front edge because I don’t like sharp corners.

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    I got so excited about how pretty the wood countertop was looking that I started staining. Forgetting all about my plan to cut out a sink insert.


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    I almost always use more than one color for staining wood. Sometimes I stain with Briwax. This time I’m using black and dark brown stain. Smear it on, wipe it off and let it dry. Then do it all again.

    Wood countertop with undermount sink

    When I remembered that I needed a hole for my sink I temporarily discontinued my finishing efforts. I’ll have to sand and finish the edges once I cut the hole.

    Cutting out a hole for the sink

    Luckily my sink came with a template that made this task super easy. After placing my template in the correct place, I used a Sharpee to trace the shape.

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    Normally when using a jigsaw, I drill a starter hole so I can get the jigsaw blade in the wood in order to cut. I’m planning on using the cut out so I didn’t want to drill a hole — so I used a small circular saw to start the cut. The Matrix came in handy for that.

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    After cutting out the sink hole, I had to sand again… and then stain again. I simply apply layers of stain until I like what I see.

    After three or four coats of stain I applied three coats of Waterlox tung oil. It penetrates the wood so the wood absorbs less oil with each coat. The wood looks quite dull after the first coat. With each consecutive coat the wood looks more and more rich.

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    I installed the undermount sink with the hardware provided with the sink. That was surprisingly easy.

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    I purposefully created a slightly larger reveal than you normally see with an undermount sink. With a sink insert I can use the sink area for folding laundry. Then when I need to use the sink, I simply remove the insert. It fits nicely in the cabinet under the sink. Having that extra space to hold laundry baskets or fold and sort makes a big difference. That sink area is about 1/4″ of whole countertop space.

    Check that out how I prepared the sink insert.

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    If you like this post on how to build a wood countertop with undermount sink, you might also like my other DIY countertop tutorials and wood countertops with mitered corners

    Subject to wear and tear day in and day out, kitchen countertops must be updated eventually. With DIY countertops, homeowners enjoy not only savings, but one-of-a-kind results.

    No matter where you live, a Chicago apartment or a rural Montana ranch, kitchen counters see a great deal of wear and tear. It’s only a matter of time before they must be refurbished or replaced. While even experienced remodelers have been known to shy away from countertop installation, we can think of at least two reasons to try turning this into a do-it-yourself project: money savings and one-of-a-kind results. Scroll down to see five affordable and creative ways in which homeowners like you have handled DIY countertops successfully, and with flair.

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    Prefer the look of natural stone to your dour and dingy laminate countertops? You certainly don’t need to tear them down to fulfill your design dream. As seen in this project from Love and Renovations, the key to a convincing fake granite is in choosing three shades of paint (from black to gray, here) and dabbing with a sea sponge. Even after sealing the deal with a clear protective top coat, the luxurious look costs less than $50 to recreate! And even a year later, this DIYer says she’d do it all again.

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    For good reason—it’s affordable, durable, and pretty darn cool-looking—concrete is becoming ever more popular in DIY countertops. Thank goodness that Imperfectly Polished makes it oh-so-simple with a trio of step-by-step tutorials: prep and planning, pouring and curing, and sand, seal, wax and enjoy.

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    In the past, we’ve seen pennies used to surface backsplashes and flooring. Now Domestic Imperfection demonstrates how they can look like a million bucks in DIY countertops. The cost? Literally pennies! Other unlikely countertop materials include pebbles, vase gems, coasters and license plates.

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    A perfect complement to a subway tile backsplash, this sub-one-hundred-dollar subway tile countertop concept from A Beautiful Mess makes once dark and confined kitchens look bright and spacious. Recreate it by mounting a cement backer board to a wooden board the size of your countertop, adhering subway tiles and tile grout to the backer board, then mounting the entire tiled board on your existing countertop with screws. While that may sound intense, their detailed instructions promise no saws required to make these DIY countertops!

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    While you may typically associate chalkboard with scrawled notes and kids’ doodles, the resourceful DIYer behind Kate Decorates looked at the medium and saw how its matte appearance closely resembled that of a high-end stone countertop material: slate. With just $50 and two coats—chalkboard paint and a clear protective finish—she boosts style in the laundry room.

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    Genuine marble slab countertops can put a dent in your wallet—or even in your pricey work surface, if the installation goes awry. Not so with this rock-bottom-priced replica from Make Do and DIY. The mastermind behind the blog recreated the elegant, striated look of marble in her kitchen for $30 simply by adhering marble-patterned contact paper to her countertops with the help of a credit card to smooth out imperfections.

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    For counters so slick you can see your mug in them, ditch your cleaning rag and grab a paintbrush instead! Refacing a hum-drum cooking prep station with a glamorous and glossy monochromatic paint finish runs only about $120. Just follow the lead of Designing Dawn, whose instructions outlined on Remodelaholic will guide you safely from sanding for the paint to stick all the way to sealing for that extra high-gloss look.

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    No time? No energy? No money? Rather than replace them, make the very best of your existing countertops. If yours are laminate, a low-cost yet high-impact option is resurfacing. For wood, either apply a new stain or experiment with a distressed finish, following in the footsteps of the Buckhouse blog.

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    Opinions are divided over stainless steel. Some say it’s chic and easy to clean; others insist that it scratches too easily and is appropriate only for utility spaces like the laundry room. One thing is for certain: it’s not cheap. That said, The Home Project managed to install their DIY countertops for under $500!

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    Have you heard the one about The Mustard Ceiling turning three oak doors into a gorgeous countertop for $100? There’s no punchline—they actually did it. Using the preexisting laminate as a template, the couple cut the doors to shape, before sanding and staining them for a rough-hewn yet refined look. While the original blog is no longer in operation, you can still follow along with the tutorial at Remodelaholic.

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    Looking to update your countertops without breaking the bank? Give one of these DIY countertops a whirl then! These totally doable and cheap countertop makeover ideas will give your kitchen a whole new look in a weekend!

    I dream of marble countertops.

    I dream of having them in my kitchen and bathrooms.

    The dream is cut short when I realize two things:

    1. The high maintenance that is required to keep marble counters pristine.

    2. The cost of marble countertops.

    New countertops, particularly stone counters, are expensive.

    The words “large” and “budget” are never put together when it comes to projects around our household.

    Since doing my faux soapstone countertops (link just below), I have found that the internets are filled with awesome DIY Countertop Makeovers. With these ideas, you can redo kitchen countertops without breaking the bank, but while still getting a whole new look in your space.

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    DIY Countertop Ideas

    These kitchen home improvement projects only look expensive…

    How to Make Your Laminate Counters Look Like Stone

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    When Grunt Labor and I made over his man cave, we couldn’t afford a new countertop for his built-ins. Instead, I figured out a way (for only $15!) to turn them into “stone.” All you’ll need is a little elbow grease and some countertop paint!

    DIY Upholstered Countertop

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    Give your countertops an unexpected twist with upholstered countertops. Of course, this option is going to work best for built-in cabinetry countertops, not kitchen counters.

    DIY Faux Carrara Marble Countertops

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    There is nothing Diane from In My Own Style can’t do. Seriously – she is just amazing. Case in point, this faux carrara marble counter. Is that not stunning? And she painted it! If painting faux marble seems too daunting, you could always opt for marble contact paper like this.

    How to Redo Countertops Out of Wood Doors

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    Yep, those are actual doors. This kitchen counter makeover is sheer genius. The Mustard Ceiling made those counters out of wood doors. Nope, not even kidding. And aren’t they beautiful? I love a good piece of stained wood! Salvage yards often have doors for cheap!

    A Kitchen Countertop Makeover that Will Cost You Pennies

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    Ashley from Domestic Imperfection is the queen of repurposing items. Not only did she use paper bags for flooring one time (for real!), but she also made a countertop from pennies. Pennies, people!

    DIY Painted Countertops

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    One of the more popular budget kitchen countertop options is to just paint them. Jacque and Matt, the husband and wife duo from The DIY Village, used an easy kit to take their counters from blah to bold. If you don’t have any DIY experience at all, then often a countertop kit is the way to go. I’ve used this countertop kit before and it’s really simple to use!

    Glossy Countertop Makeover

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    Designing Dawn got super creative with her cheap countertop makeover. She used a mixture of different paints and products to get a glossy countertop. It’s gorgeous! Glossy finishes always grab my heart and runs with it every single time!

    Granite Look Countertop Makeover

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    Gail from My Repurposed Life gave her countertops a chic black stone makeover. The end result looks so much like the granite we had in one of our previous homes. This countertop paint kit will give you a similar look.

    Cheap Countertop Ideas in the Bathroom

    White Painted Countertop Makeover

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    I’m Flying South painted both her vanity countertop and sink. I love the clean, crisp white. It gives the entire space a fresh, clean feel. So fresh and so clean clean. 😉 I’ve used this countertop paint before to give counters a uniform color.

    DIY Concrete Countertops

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    Tasha over at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body updated her vanity counter with concrete for a whopping $20. I’m generally not a huge fan of concrete in home decor, but I have to say – these look good!

    Do you have any cheap countertop ideas? Share them in the comments below!

    More budget kitchen and bathroom projects you might want to see…

    Bathroom Remodel Ideas on a Budget – nine different ways to save loads of money without compromising on style for your next bathroom remodel.

    High Style Low Budget Home Decor Projects – for when you’ve got champagne taste, but the beer budget.

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    “DIY item” is currently a popular trend of modern society as people can create and personalize DIY products to their liking.

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    “DIY item” is currently a popular trend of modern society as people can create and personalize DIY products to their liking. At the same time, they can save a large amount of money compared to buying a new one at the store. DIY Wood Countertop is a particular example due to its expensive cost.

    Below are the simple steps to make DIY Wood Countertop. Then, you can learn how to make your biscuit Wood Countertops at home.

    Things to prepare

    Countertops are one of the most expensive items that you need to buy to decorate your kitchen. So if you want to save money and customize on your own, a DIY wooden countertop is probably a good choice.

    Before starting to build a DIY Wood Countertop, you need to prepare the following materials:

    • 5 of 2x6x8 white pine boards
    • Biscuits
    • Biscuit joiner/plate joiner
    • Sandpaper
    • Wood glue
    • Driftwood stain
    • Antique walnut stain
    • White paint
    • Gel top coat
    • Chip brush

    For the cutting jobs, a plasma cutting machine can get things done with ease. If you don’t have a plasma cutter, any device can cut wood, and metal is fine.

    Steps to Make a Wood Countertop

    DIY wood countertops is a project that helps you enjoy your time building and renovating with your style without spending a lot of money.

    After preparing the necessary supplies, you can follow these steps: Create the Countertop Template.

    Before you cut the wood, you need to create a countertop template to the size you want it to be. You can use cardboard or plywood to create one.

    For your countertop to match the cabinet, you need to measure the exact size of the cabinet by placing the template on the top of the cabinet and using a pen and compass to mark the dimensions. Then cut the template to this size.

    If your cabinet has an overhang part, you may need to mark it on the template then adjust the template if necessary to help the countertop match your wardrobe better.

    Cut the Countertop Boards

    After completing the countertop template, glue it on top of the board that you plan to use as the countertop. Then you can use a circular saw to cut the board following the size of the template. But before that, make sure you leave an extra 1-2 inches on either side of the board so you can square and cut the boards easily after applying the glue to the template.

    At this step, you need to be skillful and proficient in using wood sanding tools such as a table saw, the circular saw to create precise cuts with the correct size.

    Glue the Countertop Up

    Once all the boards have been cut, we begin to glue them together. To help the boards stick together and prevent them from pulling apart over time, you can use hardwood biscuits.

    First, you can use a plate joiner to cut about 20 biscuit slots on the board. And adjust the position so that the slots are in the center of the edge of the board.

    After creating the biscuit slots and checking that everything matches, start adding glue to the places and insert the biscuits into one side of the board. Then press the boards forcefully to stack them together so that the biscuits enter their matching slots. You can use clamps (one top clamp, one bottom clamp, etc.) to keep them stay still.

    After the glue dries, remove the excess one from the board with a chisel. Then you can sand the surface with an orbital sander to make it smoother.

    Cut to the Final Size

    You should use the template to check the size of the board. You can then use the saw tools to re-adjust it to the perfect size.

    Alternatively, you can test your countertop by placing it on the cabinet and adjusting as needed until you have it exactly fit! Then you should sand the surface as well as other edges of the board again.

    Apply the Sealer

    After sanding, remove any remaining dust using an elastic cloth or a vacuum cleaner. Then apply the Universal Tung Oil sealer (UTOS) all over the board’s surface by pouring a small puddle on top of it. Then use a cloth to rub the UTOS around the entire countertop.

    After you have applied UTOS to the countertop, let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then, use a new rag to remove the left-over sealer. Afterward, you need to let the UTOS dry for 24 hours before applying the finish.

    Apply the Finish

    You can use a sponge or brush to apply the Finish – H2OLOX. You must adjust the number of layers of H2OLOX on the board’s surface depending on the type of wood. H2OLOX will start to harden when exposed to air, so you should be careful and skillful when using it to get an excellent finish.

    You must wait 24 hours to let it completely dry. After that, you can apply the 2nd coat, turn the countertop over and repeat the process on the remaining sides of the countertop.

    Final words

    If you want to re-decorate your home, you can start with your countertops. Instead of going to the store and not finding a product that suits your taste, you can make it yourself with a DIY wood countertop project. It is easier and cheaper than you think. And if you have experience in DIY work, you only need one afternoon to make a perfect wood countertop.

    Through trial and error, this blogger discovered that DIY counters can be harder than they look. She shared her secrets to a successful project.

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    Ashley from Domestic Imperfection had her work work cut out for her when she decided to create a DIY penny countertop in her kitchen. What seemed like a straightforward project took a few unlikely turns, but she recovered and has an amazing DIY countertop to show for herself. Find out how she did it by reading her tutorial.


    STEP 1

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    First we de-laminated the countertop to make it easy to get to the nails to remove it… except that there was NO WAY that sucker was coming off. Turns out that installing this counter was one of the few things the builders of our house took the time to do right. New plan – make penny countertop while installed.

    STEP 2

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    Then we painted the countertop black, since you were going to be able to see bits of it between the pennies.

    STEP 3

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    We made sure our pennies were shined the way we wanted them. Then the gluing began. so.much.gluing. I know there is a bottle of wood glue next to me, but don’t be fooled, it doesn’t work. We used Gorilla Glue.

    STEP 4

    Here is where it gets messy. I wanted the pennies to wrap around the countertop and look all modern and awesome. To do this we had to cut A LOT of pennies… it’s not easy to cut pennies by the way. Now for whatever reason, the pennies kept not lining up. We came to the conclusion that we couldn’t have the pennies wrap around the edge. It was a very sad moment. Not quite as sad, though, as the moment I realized that I had to pry all my carefully glued pennies off one by one.

    STEP 5

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    So after about a week of working on it, we were back to an empty black countertop. We brainstormed about what kind of edge to use and ended up using cheap rustic cedar. After adding the edge (with about a 1/8 inch lip) we filled it with pennies. We didn’t use glue or anything, it was super easy. WHY OH WHY did we not just do this in the beginning?

    STEP 6

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    Then it was time to epoxy. We just mixed according to instructions, poured, and spread with a putty knife. The epoxy was self-leveling, so we didn’t have to be too exact. We did get a ton of bubbles, so we went over it with the blow dryer to bring them to the surface. Whichever ones we didn’t get with the blow dryer I popped with a toothpick.

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    Thanks for sharing, Ashley! For more helpful hints on troubleshooting your DIY penny project, check out her blog post. And don’t forget to visit Domestic Imperfection.

    When I planned to finish the bathroom in my basement, I knew I didn’t want to spend a fortune considering this bathroom would rarely get used.

    The vanity I wanted was $1200. There was no way I could justify that. So my solution was to put my DIY skills to use and build one myself.

    Follow along with me, and I will show you how I did this epoxy countertop for less than $200

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    Materials needed

    • 1” MDF 4×8 sheet
    • 4L ecopoxy
    • ecopoxy black pigment
    • ecopoxy pigment -sandstone color
    • ecopoxy white pigment
    • stain blocking primer
    • foam roller
    • heat gun
    • 3 paint sticks

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    Let’s get started – cut MDF to size

    I cut my MDF to size. My countertop was going to be 5’ long x 21”deep. I cut two pieces this size and double stacked them and glued them together.

    you do not need to double stack yours If you don’t want to. I did because I wanted to create the look of a thicker countertop.

    I glued mine together and clamped them and allowed it to dry overnight.

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    Prime the MFD

    I primed with two coats of Zinsser BIN stain blocking primer. Priming helps to seal the MDF and by priming you will get less air bubbles coming through when you do the actual epoxy flood coat.

    Also, be sure your MDF sits level on your work surface, so when you pour your epoxy it doesn’t all run off one side.

    Elevate your Countertop to allow the epoxy to run off and coat the sides. I used some 2×4 cut offs under mine.

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    For the size of my countertop, I needed just under 4L of epoxy. I used Ecopoxy. I poured 2L Of resin and 2L Of hardener into a plastic pail and mixed it up.

    Be sure to measure exactly the same amount of part A (resin) and part B (Hardner) or your epoxy won’t cure properly.

    Mix it together before adding pigment, so you can ensure it’s properly mixed. It will become crystal clear when it’s mixed fully.

    Be sure to scrape the edges and bottom of the container while mixing. With my volume of epoxy, it took me about 7 minutes to mix.

    Once it’s crystal clear, I added a few drops of white into it, and mixed thoughly.

    For the lines on my counter I chose to use black and a sand color, I poured a small amount of epoxy into so small plastic dishes, and Mixed some pigment into them.

    Pour the flood coat

    pour the white epoxy over the primed MDF. As you can see in the video I mixed the pigment in the small plastic dishes.

    When your pour out the epoxy do not scrape the sides of the container to try get out every last drop. No matter how good you mix, there will always be some that stuck to the side that was not mixed and if you scrap the container you may end up with spots on your final piece that don’t fully cure.

    Use your foam roller to spread out the epoxy. Once you have it all spread out, go over the entire piece with your heat gun to pop any air bubbles.

    Add the detailed lines

    Once your flood coat is on, let it sit for about 5-10 min before adding the detail, this will allow the epoxy to cure slightly and that way all your detailing you add won’t run off as much.

    In the video you can see I did a combination of “splatters” with dry pigment on my paintbrush and line dips with my stir sticks.

    The white epoxy will run off the edges. I simply dipped my stir stick into the white and color pigments and then moved it along over the countertop creating lines. Make sure when you do this you start and end off of the piece. Periodically use your heat gun to pop bubbles along the way.

    Once you are happy with how it looks, check back on it for the next while and If you see any air bubbles come through pop them with your heat gun. I also scraped off the drips on the bottom as it cured.

    There really is no wrong way to do this. However it ends up looking will be beautiful.

    More than ever, we’re seeing homeowners want to take their renovation projects into their own hands.

    Whether we’re talking about couples, who’ve recently bought a fixer-upper or homeowners who been in the same place for years but are finally looking for a way to spruce things up, updating your countertops can be one of the simplest renovations you can do that will still make a huge impact on the look of your kitchen!

    In fact, nowadays, quartz countertops are being hailed as one of the most popular countertop design choices, and for a few good reasons

    For instance, unlike other natural stone types, quartz is a non-porous material, which means that it requires much less maintenance. It’s also tough and durable, making it both stain and scratch-resistance. More about quartz countertops you can find here.

    And, because of it being a human-made, engineered material, you’ll have considerably more options in terms of colors, patterns, and designs.

    How To Install Quartz Stone Countertops

    While some countertops with angular or diagonal cuts can be a bit more complicated to install on your own, square or rectangular counters are quite easy and straightforward to DIY.

    Below, we’ll take a look at the overall process of installing quartz countertops on your own.

    Just keep in mind that if you have any questions or concerns about doing this on your own, it’s best to consult with a professional installation contractor who will be able to point you in the right direction.

    Step 1 – Removal Of Old Countertops

    Unless you’re building your kitchen from scratch, the first step will be to remove your existing countertops from your kitchen.

    Start by taking a look underneath the counter for any screws, bolts, or brackets that might be holding it securely to your base cabinets. After removing these, the countertop will still likely be glued in place as well, so getting it loose might get a bit tricky.

    You’ll likely need to use a crowbar to pry the countertop away from the cabinet gently. Just be careful that you’ve removed any mounting screws or bolts and that you’re not damaging the wood frame below, which needs to be kept intact to install your new counters.

    Alternately, if you already have stone countertops that you’re removing, you’ll likely need to break them apart into smaller, more manageable chunks. Professionals will use a crowbar to pry up on the counter gently and then a hammer to break pieces off.

    Just make sure that you’re wearing all the appropriate PPE when doing this. You might also want to lay down a few drop sheets to protect your floor and make cleanup as easy as possible.

    While it’s not very complicated to remove your existing countertops, in some cases, it might be easier and faster, not to mention less messy, to contact a countertop contractor for a helping hand.

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    Step 2 – Preparation

    After you’ve successfully removed your existing countertops, you’ll then need to take a precise measurement of your cabinets.

    Once measured, you’ll then need to speak to a quartz countertop manufacturer to have the correct size slabs of quartz cut for you. This can either be done before or after you’ve removed your existing counter.

    Then, once your new stone countertops are on their way, it’s time to make sure that everything else is ready for installation.

    This means making any minor repairs to your existing cabinets, scrapping and removing any old glue, and making sure that there are no plumbing or electrical fixtures that will be in the way of your new countertop.

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    Step 3 – Quartz Countertop Installation

    Next up, installation time!

    By now, you’ve had your new countertop slabs delivered, and the only thing left is to have them installed onto your cabinets and to take care of any remaining finishing touches.

    As you install your slabs, you’ll want to be gluing the countertop pieces down, using a high-strength epoxy, which will help make sure everything is held securely in place.

    You’ll also need to install several brackets on your cabinets’ interior walls, which will screw into the countertop slab and help keep things in place.

    If you’re unsure what type of epoxy to use or how many brackets to install, don’t hesitate to consult with a countertop installation professional before getting started. Regardless, the key here is to make sure that your counters will be solid and that they won’t move or shift once installed.

    Then, once you’re happy with the way your new countertops are looking, the next step is to re-connect and install your plumbing and electrical fixtures.

    Lastly, you’ll likely need to run a bead of caulking along the edges of the countertop in any areas where the slab meets your wall or backsplash.

    Note that installing quartz countertops isn’t a very complicated process. However, it does involve a lot of precision measurements and fine details.

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    When To Call In The Pros

    Although DIY renovations are extremely trendy right now, not to mention that you can save yourself hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, there are some countertop installation scenarios where you might need to call in a pro to help you out.

    For instance, while installing either square or rectangular slabs of a quartz countertop will be quite easy and straightforward, installation diagonal or angular shapes may require the finesse of a skilled countertop installation professional.

    In fact, special care is often needed to finish angular pieces by filling in the seams and cuts, which involves special filler materials.

    So, unless you’re experienced at installing these types of countertops, in some cases, it might be best to contact a stone countertop installation specialist to help point you in the right direction.