Is your kitchen feeling a little dingy and outdated? Before you pull out your sledgehammer for a full kitchen revamp, allow us to give you an alternative idea.
Why not simply replace your countertops?
Hear us out: countertop replacement may not sound all that dramatic, but it can be the thing that takes your home from “so-so” to “wow!” Replacing your countertops can:
- Refresh your space
- Increase functionality
- Increase resale value
However, if you are a dedicated DIY-er, you are probably wondering if this is a project you can take on by yourself. Today, we’re here to talk you through how to replace countertops in your kitchen from start to finish!
Why Replace Your Countertops?
Need some more convincing about why you should consider a countertop replacement? Here are our top reasons to invest in new countertops:
- Resale Value – Thinking about selling your home in the near future? Kitchens are one of the most important things to prospective homebuyers. Adding new countertops could help to increase the resale value of your home.
- Easy to Clean – Old countertops can be full of nicks and other damage that can be difficult to clean. Investing in new countertops can help cut your cleaning time in half and keep your home more hygienic.
- Aesthetic Appeal – There’s no denying it: counters can help make or break the look of your kitchen. If you no longer like the style of your kitchen, replacing countertops is a great cost-effective way to make a change.
Styles of Countertop Materials
One of the most important parts of picking new countertops is deciding what type of material you’d like to use. There are all sorts of countertop materials available to you, each with its own pros and cons. Here are some of the most popular countertop materials available:
- Marble – Marble is the gold standard when it comes to creating a luxurious and lasting kitchen. Marble countertops can be purchased in a variety of colors and are a timeless choice that won’t go out of style. Avid bakers also love marble countertops, as they are great for kneading and working dough! However, prepare for a big price tag to come along with your purchase.
- Quartz – Quartz countertops are a popular choice amongst homeowners due to its versatility. It’s a hugely durable material that is designed to last for years. It can be purchased in a variety of colors to match any kitchen.
- Butcher Block – Butcher block countertops have grown in popularity over the years. Not only do they add a beautiful, natural touch, but they also are hugely affordable when compared to a stone countertop material. However, keep in mind that your butcher block countertop will require some extra maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape.
- Cement – While cement countertops are not as common, we are seeing them more and more. Cement looks great in a super modern home and is the perfect blend of affordability and durability.
- Laminate – While natural stone countertops are all the rage, don’t dismiss laminate! This is a great choice for a DIYer and can be purchased in many different colors and styles. This is also one of the most affordable countertop styles, although it is less durable than other options on this list.
7 Steps to Replace Your Kitchen Countertops
Ready to install your new countertop? Follow these steps for a flawless installation that will last for years!
1) Gather Tools
Before getting started, it is good to take stock of your tools and make sure you have everything you will need. Here is a comprehensive list of the tools you will likely need for a DIY installation:
- Measuring tape
- Belt sander
- Hand saw
- Masking tape
2) Measure, Measure, Measure!
We cannot stress this step: take plenty of time to measure everything in your kitchen. This means your existing countertops, your sink, and exactly where you want your new countertops to be. In fact, we recommend measuring everything twice.
3) Order Countertops
Once you have your exact measurements, it is time to purchase your countertop material. For specialized materials, such as stone, you will likely have to order it well in advance. Make sure to factor that into your schedule.
4) Remove Existing Countertops
Once your new material arrives, you can start the installation process! The first step is to remove your existing countertops. You’ll want to start by shutting off all power lines near the counters and removing the existing sink.
You should then be able to use a pry bar to remove the existing countertops.
5) Cut to Length
If you are putting in laminate countertops or butcher block, you will then want to cut the material to length. This can be the trickiest step, particularly when it comes to making space for the sink. Be sure to go slow and refer to your measurements multiple times.
6) Install Countertops
You can now begin the installation! The installation process will differ greatly depending on the countertop material that you choose, so you’ll want to take extra care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
7) Finishing Touches
It’s now time to add your sink to the sink cut out, and switch the power back on! Then you are good to go to use your brand-new countertop.
How Much Will New Countertops Cost?
Replacing kitchen countertops can have a huge impact on your home, but not everyone is up for the cost.
The overall cost of replacing kitchen countertops will change depending on the size of your kitchen and the material that you choose. The average cost comes to around $2000-$4500. However, if you choose budget materials and have a smaller kitchen, you could have a brand-new countertop for as little as $500!
Get Professional Installation For Your Kitchen
Not feeling confident about installing your kitchen countertops on your own? Call on Thomas Buckborough to help you out! Our team of professional remodelers is ready to help you create the kitchen of your dreams…and do the hard work for you. Contact us today to set up your virtual consultation.