How To Install A Kitchen Countertop

Are you thinking about what your next DIY project will be? Why not try installing a new kitchen countertop. If you have no idea of how to begin, then you’re in luck! We’ve put together a helpful, fun, and easy how-to guide for you on today’s blog.

We know starting a new project can be really exciting and you may want to jump right in, but before you do, save yourself some time (and a headache) by preparing in advance. Start by purchasing and gathering the supplies needed to complete the project.
Supplies needed:

  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Rag
  • Bucket
  • Countertop Material
  • Sink
  • Level
  • Wood Glue
  • Wrench
  • Manual and Power Screwdrivers
  • Silicone

Step 1: Measure

How To Install A Kitchen Countertop
Before rushing out to buy a new countertop, take exact measurements. Use your pencil and paper to sketch out your countertop and then begin to measure wall to wall. Take your measurements and write them on your sketch. Once you have the correct measurements, you’re ready to order your countertop and move on to step two.

Step 2: Remove Your Old Countertop

After you have completed step one it’s time to remove your old kitchen countertop. Start by shutting off the water supply and disconnecting the garbage disposal if you have one. Be sure to have a rag and bucket nearby in case there are any drips or spills. Remove cabinet drawers and use the screwdrivers or wrench to carefully pry up your old counter from the existing cabinetry.

Step 3: Do A Dry Fit Test Before Securing Your New Countertop

Before installing your new countertop, do a dry fit test to make sure your counters are going to fit in place properly. Once you have done your dry fit, you can then remove your countertops and run a bead of wood glue down the connecting sides to join the countertop pieces together. After you have glued the countertops together, install miter clamps to insure a proper installation seal. Use the appropriate size screws under the counter to attach it securely to the base cabinets.

Step 4: Install The Sink

How To Install A Kitchen Countertop
To save yourself some time and extra work, it’s a good idea to order your countertop with precut holes for the sink and faucet. Once your countertop is in place, the next step is to install the kitchen sink. Just like the dry fit test for the countertop, try a dry fit test with the sink to make sure it will fit in place properly. Remove the sink, place a bead of silicone around the opening and place the sink inside the hole.

Step 5: Seal Any Gaps Or Cracks

After everything is in place, it is time to seal any gaps or cracks. Apply the silicone sealant between the top of the cabinets and underside of the countertop. Seal any gaps between the walls and countertop with the silicone sealant as well.

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