Installing countertops is an easy DIY job if you know the correct steps to do it. By installing the countertops yourself you can save a lot 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 different 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 a lot 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
- Dry-Cut Segmented Diamond Blade
- Carpenter’s Square
- 6′ Level
- Utility Knife
- Granite Cutter
- Dust Mask
- 2′ Level
- Vix Bit
- Buffer Rags
- Spade Bit Pencil
- Spade Bit
- Circular Saw
- Kraft Paper
- Duct Tape
- Polyester-Based Resin
- Granite Countertop
- Components 2×4
- Masking Tape
- Screws 3/4″
- Buffing Pad
- Mixing Plate
Take Precise measurements of the cabinets using an instrumental inch tape, always take little more than the actual measurement. If you will take less measurement than the actual measurement then you will have to make joints and the grout will be visible 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.
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 screwdriver because if they will be loose than your countertop will also shake.
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.
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.
Use a 1-¼” screws to adjust the height of the slab from the underneath to raise and lower the countertop.
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.
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 quickly and using firm pressure slowly settle the slab.
Now that your installation process is complete it’s time to seal the countertop 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.