DIY Countertop Tips

Replacing the Old Countertop Space in Your Kitchen Works Wonders for its Look and Longevity.

Have you been looking at your kitchen lately and feeling that something wasn’t quite right anymore, but you aren’t quite sure what that something is? Your cabinets are still in good shape, the floor is still attractive and all the appliances are working, both functionally and aesthetically speaking. Something is just not quite right and you just can’t quite put your finger on it. This is a very common dilemma we run into and many times the answer is simple. You need to replace your countertops. While this may not seem like an obvious solution, many people are pleasantly surprised to learn that new countertops surfaces in the kitchen can work wonders for the look and feel of a home.

New countertops add life to existing cabinets and can really make an outdated looking kitchen pop, creating a new environment in an otherwise dull kitchen space. With a range of new laminate designs, the only challenge will be picking just one. For the Do-It-Yourselfers who just realized that new countertops are just the thing to breathe life back into their otherwise lifeless kitchen, there are a few simple, but important things to consider before undertaking such a project.

With countertops, as with many construction projects, making sure that the corners of the wall are square. If they are not, and you don’t account for this, the laminate surface will appear crooked and edges will not match up with one another, making them very unsightly. Have no fear though. For those who are not familiar with the Pythagorean Theorem, or 3-4-5 triangle method, which is an ancient, yet foolproof way to guarantee that a corner is at a perfect 45 degree angle, there is a simple way to perform this operation to ensure the corner is a true right triangle. One could simply place a squaring instrument in the corner to get an idea of how close to perfect it is.

Below are a few links to web pages which will clearly explain how you how to properly check to make sure the corner is square. Another factor to consider before starting is accounting for overhang. When measuring your countertop space, be sure to include the counter overhang, which is often around ¾” – 1″ in front and on open ends. These are just a few things to take into account before starting a kitchen countertop project.