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Installing a Kitchen Countertop

By Francine L. Huff
Installing a Kitchen Countertop

If you're on a limited budget but want to spruce up your cooking space, installing a new kitchen countertop may be the solution. You can do this project yourself or hire a professional. Whichever way you go, here are the basics.

Measuring the Countertop

If you're going to do the job yourself you'll need to be meticulous about your measurements. You'll also need to know how to disconnect your sink and appliances such as a dishwasher. You can go to a home improvement center to get supplies for a DIY job. However, you can hire a professional for the job rather inexpensively.

Choosing Countertop Materials

It's important to decide what type of look you want your kitchen to have when choosing a material for your countertop. Some of the more popular choices include laminate, Formica, granite, and Silestone. Formica and laminate are less expensive than granite, ceramic tile, Silestone, and other stone materials. Some people are even choosing to install concrete or stainless steel countertops to get a more modern look. If you want a low-maintenance surface, it's important to choose a material that won't stain or scratch.

The Total Look

You can have a backsplash in the same material as your countertop or opt for something different such as tile. Accent materials can make your kitchen pop without spending a lot of money. Get as many samples of materials as you can and look at them in your kitchen under different lighting conditions.

Many people also choose to replace their sink and appliances when they install a new countertop. You'll need to have these items before drawing a template for your new countertop to make sure they will fit.

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