BUYERS COUNTERTOP GUIDE

Installing Countertops

Installing countertops is an easy DIY job if you know the correct steps to do it. By installing the countertops yourself you can save alot of money from the total cost and can make the whole project cheap of getting a new kitchen.

We will be telling you every step on "How to install diffrent kitchen countertop yourself ?". The most famous DIY countertop projects are listed below with every step in detail.


DIY (Granite Slab)

Installing granite countertop in your kitchen takes alot of money to invest in your kitchen and indeed everyone wants to cut down the total cost. So the best step you can take is Install the countertop yourself as installing charges are also very high ($60-$89 per square foot).

We will help you out to know each step in "How To Install A Granite Countertop?" yourself.

What You Will Need

  • grinder
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  • sawhorses
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  • screwdriver
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  • dry-cut segmented diamond blade
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  • carpenter's square
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  • 6' level
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  • level
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  • utility knife
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  • drill
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  • granite cutter
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  • dust mask
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  • 2' level
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  • vix bit
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  • buffer
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  • rags
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  • dust mask
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  • spade bit
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  • pencil
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  • jigsaw
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  • spade bit
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  • circular saw
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  • kraft paper
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  • duct tape
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  • polyester-based resin
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  • toothpicks
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  • granite countertop components
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  • 2x4 boards
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  • masking tape
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  • cardboard
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  • sink
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  • screws
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  • 3/4" plywood
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  • buffing pad
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  • mixing plate
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  • toothpicks
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  • 3/4" plywood
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  • duct tape
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  • duct tape
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  • masking tape
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  • cardboard
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Step 1

Take Precise measurements of the cabinets using an instrumental inch tape, always take little more than the actual measurment. If you will take less measurment than the actual measurment then you will have to make joints and the grout will be visibe which will look odd. Lay a ¾” plywood on top of the cabinets to support the granite.

Always add 1/2" while measuring the granite slab for the overhangs for one side.

Step 2

Attach the plywood to the frame using screws and make sure that the plywood does not overhang to the outside of frame as the plywood will be clearly visible later. Also make sure that you tighten the screws properly using a screw driver because if they will be loose than your countertop will also shake.

Step 3

Your walls may not have perfect edge so use a kraft paper or a stiffer material to make a template of the actual measurement. A template makes job easy as it is easy to move around. Scibe the slab if needed and using a circular saw which has a dry cut segmented diamond blade cut the slab carefully.

Step 4

Put the granite slab on the sink counter and trace the exact dimensions of the sink counter. Then remove the slab and cut the dimensions using a jigsaw very carefully. Cover the sink to protect it until you join the granite seams.

Step 5

Use a 1-¼” screws to adjust the height of the slab from the underneath to raise and lower the countertop.

Step 6

Lift the granite carefully and put half dollar dollops of silicone around the cabinets and place a bead of caulk around the sink rim. Similarly apply a second bead on top of sink rim so that the gap between the sink and the countertop, till it becomes waterproof. Put the slab back safely after applying the bead and don't use silicone caulk as after sometime it stains the slab, use acrylic caulk.

Step 7

Apply dollop of polyester based resin and add a small amount of color to match the color of the the granite. Using a putty knife mix the mixture and mix still it matches matches the color of the granite. Add the hardener and mix only on small area as you have only five minutes to apply. After it has dried about 30 minutes, smooth it out with a seam stone.

Put the slab back quicly and using firm pressure slowly settle the slab.

Step 8

Now that your installation process is complete it's time to seal the counertop using a sealer to protect it from stains and further wearing out. Use a sealer specifically used for sealing granite countertops and apply it on the countertop and using a clean soft cloth spread it gently throughout.


DIY (Granite Tile)

What You Will Need

  • Screwdriver Bits
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  • Abrasive saw Blade
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  • Skill Saw
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  • Notched Trowel
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  • Grout Float
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  • Wax Pencil
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  • Electric Drill
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  • Trowel
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  • Level
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  • Utility knife
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  • Sponge
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  • Wet tile saw
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  • Bucket
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  • Speed square
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  • Cement backer board
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  • Screws
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  • Plywood
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  • Granite tiles
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  • Unsanded grout
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  • thinset

Step 1

Cut ½”or ¾” plywood to the exact size of the countertop. Using a screwdriver and an electric drill secure the plywood to the cabinet frames. On a cement backer board mark cut the lines and use a skill saw that has an abrasive blade attached to cut the pieces of backer board to fit the plywood on the top.

Step 2

Start laying the tiles from one place and spread it over the whole place as close as possible and make sure that the grout you fill is of equal width across the countertop so that pattern looks consistent and gives the look of a slab. Use the wet saw to cut the tiles from wherever you find the need to cut.

Step 3

Making an angle of 45 degrees using your trowel spread the thinset on your backer board. After this mix a batch of thinset mortar and peanut butter and let it set for several minutes after stirring. Now spread a more thick layer of thinset on top of backer wood.

Using spacers between the tiles will help you to get a consistent width of the grout and place your tiles on the thinset and shake the slightly pressing them little downwards so as to set the tiles in place.

Step 4

After the thinset has dried use a grout of the same color as of the granite so that the grout is visible less and gives a feel that no grout in applied between the tiles.

Step 5

Choose a skirt that matches your granite tile countertop or a wood skirt that blends with your countertop. The skirt covers the granite edges completly, from the top to bottom of the edges but the skirt width should not exceed 2" in size.

DIY (Quartz)

Installing Quartz slab is a difficult task to do, take up this task only if you think you are experienced enough to do it. Else you will end up destroying a very costly slab and at the end you will suffer only loss. Quartz slab is a very durable material and will last long enough only if installed properly.

Quartz slabs are very heavy and tough so make sure that you have enough man power to move the slab by lifting rather than sliding it. It can damage your house and the people if not lifted properly. You have to ensure that the cabinet you prepare are strong enough to take the weight of the slab.

Things You Will Need

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  • Painters tape
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  • Level
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  • Silicone sealant
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  • Caulking Gun
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  • Construction Adhesive
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  • Tape Measure
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  • Diamond Blade
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  • Circular Saw
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  • Goggles
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  • Work Gloves
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  • Spray Bottles
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  • Caulk
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Step 1

Measure the space of the countertop where you need to install quartz countertop and buy the Quartz slab accordingly. Make sure you take the measurements of the sink and how much space you will have to leave for it. Always take a little more than the actual measurment because some material will get wasted during cutting.

Step 2

Apply the painter’s tape where you think the slab needs to be cut or trimmed. Now you need to cut the slab with the diamond blade saw and be sure to wear all the safety equipments before you start cutting. Wear eye protection, gloves and a mask that covers your mouth.

Make sure that your saw is wet, because firstly you saw will not heat up and will prevent the slab from melting. Secondly it will settle all the dust particles and you will be able see clearly and breathe without much problem.

Step 3

Line up the countertop on the surface to make sure that it fits properly. Now carefully remove the slab and apply the construction adhesive on the surface. If the top of the cabinets are covered with wooden planks then spread the adhesive evenly on the back of the slab. But if your cabinets are not covered with wooden planks then apply adhesive only on the corners and sides.

Now again lift the slab and place it on the cabinet, but after this you will not be able to move the slab again so be careful while placing it.

Step 4

Bring the backsplash cut out and see that does it have the correct measurement. Fill the caulking gun with silicone and apply it to the back of the wall. Now bring the backsplash cut out and gentli fit it in. Fill the seams using a suitable grout color, wipe off the excess and let it dry.



DIY (Laminate Sheet)

Things You Will Need

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  • Edge Banding Material
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  • Laminate
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  • Roller
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  • Scrap Wood
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  • Clamps
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  • Laminate Cutter
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  • Backsplash
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  • Adhesive
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  • J roller
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  • Contact Cement
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  • Batten Strips
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Step 1

The first step to install a laminate sheet on your countertop is to clean and smooth the surface using a sander. The sander will remove the irregularities from your countertop so that the laminate sheet settles easily and doesn't get removed. Wipe off the remains from the countertop using a brush.

Step 2

Now measure the countertop using an inch tape and take atleast 1-2 inch extra length from all the sides. Now apply a masking tape on the back side of the laminate sheet to prevent chipping. Now if your laminate sheet does not cover the entine lenght of the countertop then in that case cut an extra piece.

Now overlap both the sheets and stick it together using a tape. Now cut them from the place where they are overlapping so that the seam is not visible later. Now join both the sheets using a masking tape.

Step 3

Using a roller, roll the contact cement on the whole countertop and the laminate sheet separately, apply blue painters tape along the inside edges of the sink to prevent excess epoxy from flushing out. Now mix a small amount of epoxy and apply on the top edges of the sink. Now let both of them to dry, till then place batten sticks on the whole countertop leaving a 1 inch gap between them. The sticks should be long enough to cover the whole countertop lenght.

Now place the laminate sheet on the sticks placed on the countertop and set it in position so that the sheet edge is just over the countertop edge. Now start removing the sticks one by one starting from the center and press the sheet firmly with your hands. When you have removed all the sticks, using a roller roll it over the entire countertop.

Step 4

Now remove the masking tape from the joint where you joined the two sheets and you can see that you get a perfectly aligned seam that's almost invisible. Now using a a special laminate router flush the extra edges and you will get sharp edges. Use a filer to remove the sharpness from the edges.

Step 5

Now using a router make a hole in the center of the sink hole and flush trim to remove the laminate from the top of the sink. Using a bevel bit, trim the laminate around the edges of the sink and use a filer to give the edges a smooth finish.

Step 6

Now take the edges out that you choose for your countertop and cut them so that it is easy to handle them. Now dry fit them and so that they fit perfectly with other edges. Using a wooden glue, glue the backside of the edges and fit them. Support them with clamps and masking tape to support them. Now enjoy the laminate countertop that you have installed yourself.