How to Replace Kitchen Countertops

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Putty knife
  • Utility knife
  • Wrench
  • Tape measure
  • Framing square
  • Handsaw
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill/driver with bits
  • Belt sander or block plane
  • File
  • Router
  • C-clamps
  • Scriber/compass
  • Caulk gun
  • Household iron
  • Hammer or rubber mallet
Materials Required
  • Post-formed countertops
  • End cap
  • Masking tape
  • Bolts and screws
  • Sealant
  • Carpenter's wood glue
  • 1x lumber

Before You Begin

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To start remove the contents of the base cabinets and the drawers. Then shut off any water valves and disconnect all piping and remove the sink. If there is a built-in cooktop or other appliance, remove it following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove all the screws that hold the cabinet to the underside of the counter and remove the old counter. Cut away any caulk seal that is between the counter and the wall with a utility or putty knife.

  • Step 1 : Measure and cut the countertop

    With the countertop face side up, apply masking tape to the cutting area. Then use a tape measure and mark the cutting line on the masking tape with a pencil.

    Measure and cut the countertop Measuring from a square end, use a framing square to make sure the cut is square.

    Measure and cut the countertop Make the cut with a fine-tooth saw and cut on the downstroke only to prevent chipping the laminate surface. Be cautious handling the freshly cut laminate because the edges are sharp. Use a smooth file or sanding block to remove the sharp edges by stroking down and along the edge at the same time.

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