Countertops

Installing Formica

Installing formica is not really that hard of a project and like anything else DIY, you just need to have the right tools, patience, and some common sense to do a professional job. You will need formica or more broadly, laminate (Formica is a brand name), contact cement, a utility knife, a small paint roller, a straightedge (a sheetrock T-square works great), J-roller, router with a carbide laminate bit, a wood file, painter's tape, small paintbrush, and finally, wooden dowels.

Preparation

Making Laminate Countertops

kitchen butcher block countertopMaking laminate countertops is not rocket science; like anything else DIY, you just need to have the right tools to do a professional job. You will need laminate material (your choice of color or pattern), contact cement, a utility knife, a straightedge (a sheetrock T-square works great), J-roller, router with a carbide laminate bit, a wood file, painter's tape, small paintbrush, and finally, wooden dowels.

Surface Prep

Making Butcher Block Countertops

kitchen butcher block countertopButchers block countertops are the height of home and kitchen fashion at the moment. It is no wonder when you see homes that have them installed already. They can certainly add a touch of elegance, opulence and class to any kitchen. Butchers block countertops can be quite expensive though. The materials that they are made from are not cheap but the demand for them is fuelling the increasing prices.

Cutting Formica Countertops

cutting formica outdoorsFormica is the brand name for high pressure thermosetting plastic laminate containing melamine resin. It is widely used for kitchen surfaces, as it is heat-resistant and wipe-clean. Surfaces which may need to change length, due to new, wider refrigerators or stoves being installed. Which is why we get so many people asking us how to cut formica countertops.

Granite Tile for Countertops

There are several creative ways that you can use granite tile for countertops. While solid granite countertops have grown in popularity, they tend to be at the top end of the countertop price range and are beyond the budget of many homeowners.

Additionally, they are not available to homeowners who wish to do the work themselves, as they are only sold with installed services. This is due to the precise nature of the cuts and fitting that must be done to properly install a solid granite top.

Granite tile tops though, can be easily done for a much lower cost by handy homeowners who enjoy doing their own work. Rich, innovative and custom countertops can greatly enhance the appearance of your kitchen.

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