Innovative Countertop Materials for a DIY Kitchen
When it comes to renovating a kitchen, one of the first things to be replaced is the countertops. Unfortunately, when exploring countertop replacement there are not many stylish options that are affordable for the average homeowner, let alone many options at all. Luckily, there are some great DIY countertop ideas that utilize a variety of materials and are relatively inexpensive.
Butcher Block DIY Countertops
Butcher block countertops can be easily fabricated in a basement or garage – this makes them cost effective and easy to create and install. After measuring the existing countertops, transfer the measurements to the butcher block. Carefully cut each piece making sure to account for the width of the saw’s blade. If there are pieces similarly shaped, make sure to label each piece to avoid confusion.
Once all pieces are cut, holes are created for the sink and faucet and the pieces are stained or treated, it is time to install. To begin, remove the old countertops and dispose of them properly. Next, place the new countertop securing it into place using the hardware on the underside of the cabinets. Finally, install the sink and faucet following the manufacturer’s instructions.
DIY Concrete Countertops
When creating concrete countertops make sure the existing cabinets can support the weight of this heavy material. Once cleared by a carpenter or cabinetmaker, it is time to create the concrete molds. Measure the existing countertops and create a mold using pieces of wood or veneer – take any stylistic elements into account such as seams and overhangs. Next, mix and pour the concrete and allow to set.
After the concrete is set and removed from the mold, it is time to clean, sand a seal the pieces. Concrete should be cleaned with a mixture of 10 parts water and one part muriatic acid (wear protective gloves during this process). Once cleaned, sand the concrete and treat with a penetrating sealer. To install these countertops, concrete will need to be secured to plywood and then placed on top of cabinets.
Countertop design is truly what makes a kitchen beautiful. When having granite or other stone countertops installed seem too expensive, there are many do it yourself options out there that are inexpensive to create and simple to install at home. Next time the kitchen needs a facelift, why not try these do it yourself countertop ideas!