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Designing Your Own Countertops (january 2017)

You can find various uses for a countertop almost anywhere in the house. It could be in the kitchen, the bathroom or just about any working area. What is more enjoyable is to design and create one on your own, tailored to your own needs and tastes.

Countertop basics

Whether the countertop you are planning to work on is intended for a work area or for display, you can find an array of materials from which you can create them. Plastic laminates are the common materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Formica and Wilson Arts countertops are just two of its types. They are available in different colors and finishes and they are long-lasting and easy to maintain. Not to mention how versatile it is. You can even place an illuminated salon mirror on top of it -amazingly useful..  To top it all, the prices of plastic laminates are very affordable. In addition, they are very easy to maintain, thus eliminating the need for you to purchase expensive cleaning chemicals or hire professional cleaning services. Undertaking this project yourself will definitely add to your savings, provided you possess the minimum skills required, coupled with some patience. In just a few hours, you should be able to come up with a masterpiece.

How to make your own countertop

Countertop kits are readily available in home centers and lumberyards, with pre-made tops measuring 4 to 12 feet long and edges that are standard-curved or beveled-front. There are also pre-cut counters to match pre-cut slots. These are joined together with a special kind of adhesive and connector bolts. The cut-outs can be made with the use of a jigsaw with a down-cutting blade to prevent the laminate from chipping. Also included in the package is a belt sander which is used to sand or smoothen out the back edges of the counter. It is unlikely for a do-it-yourselfer to commit errors during this project because step-by-step user-friendly instructions are made available in the kits.

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