How To Install Kitchen Countertop

How To Install Kitchen Countertop

Install Laminate Countertops Update your kitchen affordably by installing laminate countertops. They’re stylish and available in an array of colors and patterns. Save Item Send to a FriendPrint Introduction Revive your kitchen with new laminate countertops. They’re available in a variety of colors, tones, textures and patterns to ensure you find a look that suits your style. And, because they’re relatively easy to install, you’ll save money on installation costs. Before You Buy First, measure your cabinet depth. Standard depth is 23 3/4-inches. To check depth, measure from the back wall for accuracy. If you want a bit of overhang – the standard is 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches – add that to the measurement. Next, measure your current backsplash height. Your new top will need to clear any outlets and window trim. It should also cover unfinished areas, unless you plan to refinish and repaint the wall area. Finally, check to see if your walls are fairly straight with a square and level. A little bow is okay. You can trim the countertop to fit. Some cases might require a custom top. Also, check if the walls meet at 90 degrees. Install Laminate Countertops Step 1 Remove cabinet drawers and doors. Shut off electricity to the kitchen. Remove the disposal and drain trap, and disconnect the water supply and drain lines to the area. Take off the sink brackets and pull out the sink. Step 2 Cut the sealant along the backsplash. Remove the corner bolts and screws from underneath the countertop holding it down to the cabinets. In some cases, you’ll also have to cut the glue. Also, check to make sure your dishwasher isn’t fastened to the underside of the countertop. Step 3 Pull a little on the old top; it should come off in one piece. You can use the old countertop as a template for cutting your new laminate countertop. Step 4 Cut the new countertop to length on the back side using a fine-tooth saw blade. File the end smooth, filing in only one direction. Step 5 Check to see that the cabinet drawers will clear the front edge of your new laminate countertop. If not, you can attach build-up strips underneath the countertop. Some laminate comes with these strips. You can also make your own with 1-by-2 pieces of lumber. Hold them on the cabinets, drill pilot holes and attach the strips with nails or short wood screws about every 2 feet, staying 2 inches from the ends. Step 6 Now, check the fit. Run a piece of tape along the top of the backsplash to be marked later and set the countertop in place. Try to get the mitered corner as tight as possible and tighten the miter bolts. Step 7 You’ll probably notice a gap along the wall. Set a compass to the width of the widest gap and scribe a line along the back edge. Take off the new countertop and sand to the line with a belt sander. File any burrs, filing in a single direction away from the surfaces. Recheck the fit, making any additional adjustments. Step 8 Add return splashes where the counter meets the walls. Add end trim and finishes where the counter meets the walls and where it overhangs. If you have an iron-on end to cover exposed edges, stick the piece on, hold a damp cloth over it and press with an iron. The edges can be trimmed and touched up with a file. Step 9 If you need to make a cut-out for the sink and range top, use the old laminate countertop as a guide. If you’re installing a new sink or range top, use the template that comes in the box. If your sink or range top did not come with a template, set the item upside down on top of the new countertop. Center it and trace the outline. Trace a band 1/2 inch around the edge on the inside of the outline. Step 10 Your cut will be on the 1/2-inch line inside of the template edge. Place masking tape around the edges to protect the countertop. Drill a few 1/2-inch starter holes in each corner of your guide. Cut out the piece completely, being careful not to let it fall. File any rough edges until smooth so you won’t cut your hand or get splinters installing the range top or sink. Step 11 Before you attach your new laminate countertop to the base cabinets, you might want to add extra support near the edges, especially along the back. Step 12 To secure your new laminate countertop, drill through the build-up strips or add angle brackets inside your cabinets. Set them just below the top of the strips. Position the countertop, starting with the longest piece. Apply the recommended adhesive at the miter and snug up the miter bolts. Tap the seam with scrap wood and a mallet to get it even. CautionTake care not to drive screws through the laminate countertop. Step 13 Tighten the miter bolts all the way, avoiding cracking the substrate. Clean up any excess glue. Use #8 panhead screws to secure the top to the brackets. Step 14 Finish by setting your sink and range, applying silicone around the edges and back wall. After you connect your plumbing, it’s time to install your cabinet drawers and doors. Step 15 Step back and admire your updated kitchen. To see how laminate countertops can transform a space, check out our budget-friendly kitchen makeover. You May Also Like . . . Countertop Buying Guide Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover Kitchen Cabinet Buying Guide Shop Lowe’s Kitchen Countertops Kitchen Cabinets Kitchen Sinks Ideas & Inspiration Small-Budget Kitchen Makeover Ideas Kitchen Refresh Ideas Lowe’s Services Countertop Installation Kitchen Remodel
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How To Install Kitchen Countertop

Introduction Revive your kitchen with new laminate countertops. They’re available in a variety of colors, tones, textures and patterns to ensure you find a look that suits your style. And, because they’re relatively easy to install, you’ll save money on installation costs. Before You Buy First, measure your cabinet depth. Standard depth is 23 3/4-inches. To check depth, measure from the back wall for accuracy. If you want a bit of overhang – the standard is 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches – add that to the measurement. Next, measure your current backsplash height. Your new top will need to clear any outlets and window trim. It should also cover unfinished areas, unless you plan to refinish and repaint the wall area. Finally, check to see if your walls are fairly straight with a square and level. A little bow is okay. You can trim the countertop to fit. Some cases might require a custom top. Also, check if the walls meet at 90 degrees. Install Laminate Countertops Step 1 Remove cabinet drawers and doors. Shut off electricity to the kitchen. Remove the disposal and drain trap, and disconnect the water supply and drain lines to the area. Take off the sink brackets and pull out the sink. Step 2 Cut the sealant along the backsplash. Remove the corner bolts and screws from underneath the countertop holding it down to the cabinets. In some cases, you’ll also have to cut the glue. Also, check to make sure your dishwasher isn’t fastened to the underside of the countertop. Step 3 Pull a little on the old top; it should come off in one piece. You can use the old countertop as a template for cutting your new laminate countertop. Step 4 Cut the new countertop to length on the back side using a fine-tooth saw blade. File the end smooth, filing in only one direction. Step 5 Check to see that the cabinet drawers will clear the front edge of your new laminate countertop. If not, you can attach build-up strips underneath the countertop. Some laminate comes with these strips. You can also make your own with 1-by-2 pieces of lumber. Hold them on the cabinets, drill pilot holes and attach the strips with nails or short wood screws about every 2 feet, staying 2 inches from the ends. Step 6 Now, check the fit. Run a piece of tape along the top of the backsplash to be marked later and set the countertop in place. Try to get the mitered corner as tight as possible and tighten the miter bolts. Step 7 You’ll probably notice a gap along the wall. Set a compass to the width of the widest gap and scribe a line along the back edge. Take off the new countertop and sand to the line with a belt sander. File any burrs, filing in a single direction away from the surfaces. Recheck the fit, making any additional adjustments. Step 8 Add return splashes where the counter meets the walls. Add end trim and finishes where the counter meets the walls and where it overhangs. If you have an iron-on end to cover exposed edges, stick the piece on, hold a damp cloth over it and press with an iron. The edges can be trimmed and touched up with a file. Step 9 If you need to make a cut-out for the sink and range top, use the old laminate countertop as a guide. If you’re installing a new sink or range top, use the template that comes in the box. If your sink or range top did not come with a template, set the item upside down on top of the new countertop. Center it and trace the outline. Trace a band 1/2 inch around the edge on the inside of the outline. Step 10 Your cut will be on the 1/2-inch line inside of the template edge. Place masking tape around the edges to protect the countertop. Drill a few 1/2-inch starter holes in each corner of your guide. Cut out the piece completely, being careful not to let it fall. File any rough edges until smooth so you won’t cut your hand or get splinters installing the range top or sink. Step 11 Before you attach your new laminate countertop to the base cabinets, you might want to add extra support near the edges, especially along the back. Step 12 To secure your new laminate countertop, drill through the build-up strips or add angle brackets inside your cabinets. Set them just below the top of the strips. Position the countertop, starting with the longest piece. Apply the recommended adhesive at the miter and snug up the miter bolts. Tap the seam with scrap wood and a mallet to get it even. CautionTake care not to drive screws through the laminate countertop. Step 13 Tighten the miter bolts all the way, avoiding cracking the substrate. Clean up any excess glue. Use #8 panhead screws to secure the top to the brackets. Step 14 Finish by setting your sink and range, applying silicone around the edges and back wall. After you connect your plumbing, it’s time to install your cabinet drawers and doors. Step 15 Step back and admire your updated kitchen. To see how laminate countertops can transform a space, check out our budget-friendly kitchen makeover.

How To Install Kitchen Countertop

How To Install Kitchen Countertop
How To Install Kitchen Countertop
How To Install Kitchen Countertop
How To Install Kitchen Countertop
How To Install Kitchen Countertop