Tips for Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Countertop Installations
If you’re handy with power tools, you can save yourself a few dollars by installing your own kitchen countertops. For marble countertop installation in Alpharetta, check out these tips from the professionals at Granite and Marble Solutions.
Before you start your installation, gather the following tools and supplies.
- Acrylic caulk
- Caulk gun
- Two-part epoxy for non-porous surfaces
- Painter’s tape
- Razor blades
- Seam setter
- Angle grinder with a diamond blade
- Suction clamps
- Work gloves
- Safety glasses or goggles
Preparing for Installation
To get your kitchen ready for new countertops, remove everything from your existing surfaces as well as any pictures or decorations from the adjacent walls. Remove existing countertops by unscrewing the fasteners usually located inside the lower cabinets. If you are upgrading from wood to stone countertops, you may need to add braces to support the additional weight. Clear out your cabinets, remove the drawers, and add braces as needed.
A dry-fitting is meant to test your new countertop slabs for accurate fitting. With the help of a friend, your work gloves, and a few suction clamps, carefully lift the slab up onto the frame. Always lift stone slabs in a vertical position to prevent undue stress on the weaker areas of the slab. Apply painters tape around the finished edges of the slab if you are worried about scratching it during the moving process. Align the countertop against the wall and make note of any areas that aren’t flush. Use the grinder to shave these areas and remember to wear protective eyewear.
The Final Fit
Once your countertops are level and flush, tighten the screws inside the cabinets. Apply the seam setter to ensure the pieces stay in place while you apply the epoxy and wait for it to dry. After an hour, remove the setter and shave away any excess adhesive. Apply caulk to the underside of the countertop where it meets the cabinets. Wipe down your countertops with a damp cloth, removing any dust and debris. Finish your installation with an application of marble sealant.
With a helping hand and a few safety precautions, you can install new countertops yourself. If all of this seems like a lot of work, however, you might want to consider professional countertop installation in Alpharetta.