My house is smaller then the rest on our street and the previous owner was
elderly so the height of the countertops seems to be a few inches shorter
then most. Right now I'm putting down tile on the floor so after the
subfloor and tile is down, the countertop height is even lower.
We plan on removing the countertops to have them a different color. A
handyman here at work said a layer of plywood could be put down under the
countertop to raise it a bit. That would help but im looking for a few
inches and have it not look ugly. Maybe have some type of design be a border
around the part thats been raised up.
Any ideas would be great.
I would build up the existing base cabnets using 2x3s then cover the exposed
new wood with wood casement molding of which you have many choices ( a
simple 3/8" x 4" birch or poplar board with edges eased with a router would
look fine and will take a range of finishes). Make sure you still have
plenty of clearance to the bottom of the wall cabnets. Make sure the
overhang and lip of the new counter blends well with the trim and finish you
What he said. If you are disturbing the floors and the kick spaces anyway,
this is the ideal time to either jack up or replace the existing base
cabinets. A 2x3 space frame with a 4" hardwood trim board would look fine,
and not really cost much, other than labor to pull and reinstall the
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