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Change your countertop and upgrade on the cheap!

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I recently moved into a rental house. it was completely re-done including the counter-top... the problem, is that the counter top was done so terribly that after a month of normal use it was bubbling at the corner seam pulling from the wall not completely caulked all the way.... So with the landlords dime, I requested to re-do this lousy job. He accepted and this is the process....
Note: If you were to go buy that "Generic" countertop to replace it, it would cost the same as what I paid for all my materials. To have a custom shop do this type of counter-top would cost 3-4 times out-of pocket cost. Thankfully Im equipped with the tools to do this, but it really dont take too much..

I went from "cheap and plain", "Poorly installed" To "custom and unique" and "solidly built" so this is a definite "fix it" contest entry!
 
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Step 1: Out with the old!

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Get all your measurments and make a drawing of the old counter-top. UN-hook the sink drain and water supply hoses from the valves (make sure you turn off those valves(dont ask)). while you are under there, look to the outside edges of the sink, you should see some kind of clips you can loosen to allow the sink to lift out of the old hole

Step 2: Next unscrew the old counter

grab your flashlight and probably a second pair of hands to hold it. and a cordless drill.. I didn't take any picks of this process, but basically look inside all the lower cabinets and at the top and each corner you will find a corner brace or something with a  screw going up up into the counter-top from underneath.
After you get all of the screws out, gently lift the old counter up if it snags or hangs, there is more to unscrew, so do not force it..
It should lift right off the Cabinet top. toss outside or re-purpose (in my case) into a shop counter.
mamahan1 year ago
Very nice job. You saved yourself some money and the kids learned something; a win-win for sure. :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  mamahan1 year ago
Yeah, It is holding up quite nicely, and the landlord loved the outcome!
sunshiine1 year ago
So beautiful! Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
SlickSqueegie (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
thanks again sunshine!
kifany1 year ago
Thank you I like that all family members participated in the work
SlickSqueegie (author)  kifany1 year ago
They had fun...
SlickSqueegie (author)  kifany1 year ago
They had fun...
Is there another way to finish off the edge if you don't have a router? Every time I think of doing a countertop, it's the edge that keeps me from trying.
Nice instructable, btw!
SlickSqueegie (author)  flyingpuppy1 year ago
Well, look to garage sales I sold two decent routers yesterday for 20 buck and an old one for 5. You can find them cheap. But you may be able to get by using a trim router(its smaller) but it will work. And instead of using a hardwood trim, you could simply laminate the edges. If you laminate edges, you must do this before you lay the top laminate.
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