I am in the process of refurbishing my kitchen. I recently refaced
the cabinets and now I am in the processing of replacing our current
laminate countertop. As a recent retiree, I am doing all of this
work myself. I am no expert in this work, but I am very handy. In
the past two years, I have replaced our ceiling sheetrock and
refinished all of our hardwood floors.
My first choice for a countertop of reasonable cost was a postform
countertop. However, I have found that these tops come in a standard
25" width. Unfortunately, my countertops are about 23.5" in width.
I was told that if I want to stick to this option, I would have to cut
off the 4" backsplash or the waterfall front of the postform top. I
don't like either option. Are there other kinds of countertops that
I should be considering.... or, is this the best for the price??
Just use laminate sheets and glue them down, trim with a router and laminate
trim bit. Moderate skills req'd. You can optionally use ceramic tiles for
the backsplash and/or wood trim (oak) for the front edges. I have used 2'x4'
'handy panels' to do a whole bathroom for $8 (2 sheets)
You should seriously consider some kind of tile. It's not $8, but it'll
last a whole lot longer (think heat and sharps), and look a whole lot
better. Ceramic at somewhere near $2/sf, and you can get decent plain
colors of granite for maybe $7/sf. Rent a wet saw for a day.
A couple of things for you to consider. Most of the post formed countertops
sold at Lowes and Home Depot are 24" countertops. I suggest you go to one
of those place and measure for yourself and not trust what you are told. The
front edge has a lip that drops below the actual bottom of the counter. By
design those can be installed two different ways. You can add a shim board
to the top of the cabinets everywhere except the front edge to allow for
deeper cabinets or you can let in hang over by about an inch or even a
little more for shallower cabinets. Go look at them and measure for
The other thing is that in a tight situation you can remove about a half
inch of depth by cutting off the built up lip at the top of the splash.
This was not easy but I have done. Again you will see what I mean if you go
measure for yourself.
You can also build your own counter using HD particle board and gluing on
your own laminate. This will always cost more than the post-formed guys at
HD or Lowes.
If none of this solves your problem, 3/4" plywood, hardibacker and tile or
granite built on site is your next best option.
On 11/18/2004 8:12 PM US(ET), Colbyt took fingers to keys, and typed the
Wrong! They are 25-1/4" inches overall in depth. The bull nose extends
beyond the front of a 24" cabinet by 1-1/4".
You have to cover the cabinet top with 1/2" plywood, or just use 1/2"
spacers on the top edges of the cabinet, or else the bullnose will sit
too low and you couldn't open the top drawers.
The optional color coded end covers come with 1/2" spacers for the sides
of the cabinet, but you have to make your own 1/2" spacers for the front
and back edges.
the standard is 25 inches...this allows a stanard one inch overhang on a
standard 24 inch deep base cabinet...
this is called "buildup"...most top fab shops(which is where your local lowes
contracts to buy "custom tops"(meaning anything other than blanks) use two inch
wide by 1/2 or 3/4 (dependingon manufacturer) for build up(which yields a top
that is 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inches thick)...you can install the top without buildup
and without interference with drawers or doors if you do not have full overlay
those spacers are just to make the end solid for the cap...the top edge of the
backsplash usually measures 3/8-1/2 inch(again depending on manufacturer) used
for "scribing" the top to fit your wall(unfortunately there are virtually no
a standard postformed top purchased at a boxstore, off the shelf will indeed
need buildup unless you want it to lap over the front of the cabinets....if you
order one made to order it will come with build up installed.....the topshop
that the boxstore buys from (local shop) will "build" the top for install.....
This is a coating that can go on existing counter tops. I've seen it done
and it looks AMAZING. From all accounts it also works and holds up
amazingly well. We're going to be doing it on our countertops when we redo
the kitchen later this winter.
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