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How to Install Countertops

How to Install Countertops

A new countertop will do wonders for your décor. There are many colours and finishes to choose from – keep your cabinet style and finish in mind when shopping for the right one. You could choose a colour that blends with your cabinets for a streamlined look. Or consider a stunning contrast that will pop out against the cabinetry. Whatever you choose, installation is not too difficult. Take your time and you'll have a new look to be proud of.

Skill Level: Intermediate
  1. Step 1 Measure


    Measure the installation area to determine fit.

  2. Step 2 Dry Fit Countertop

    Place the countertop into position on the cabinetry. If there are no gaps in excess of 1/8" between the wall and countertop then proceed to step 5, otherwise continue to the next step.

  3. Step 3 Scribing the Countertop

    Scribing the Countertop

    Find the area along the wall with the biggest gap and use this depth as your pencil offset from the wall when scribing. Run your pencil along the wall and mark the countertop with the wall's contour.

  4. Step 4 Cutting the Scribe Line

    Cutting the Scribe Line

    Take the countertop away from the wall and block it up so the jigsaw blade will clear the cabinets. Cut along the scribe line and re-fit the countertop.

  5. Step 5 Fasten Countertop to Cabinets

    Fasten Countertop to Cabinets

    Screw through the cabinet framing into the underside of the countertop making sure the length of screw is appropriate and won't come through the surface. Repeat for the length of the counter.

  6. Step 6 Caulking


    Apply an even bead of caulking along the joint between the wall and countertop. Make sure to use a mildew resistant kitchen and bath caulking.

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