Do-It-Yourself Butcher-Block Kitchen Countertop
Swap dated laminate for a classic butcher-block countertop. Unlike stone or solid surface, butcher block can be fabricated in a basement or garage workshop, making it the perfect DIY project to totally transform your kitchen on a budget.
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Remove old countertop, sink and faucet and slide new countertop into place. Secure countertop by inserting screws through hardware on underside of cabinets with 1-1/4" wood screws (Image 1). Install sink and faucet following manufacturer's instructions (Image 2). For L-shaped sections, lay both pieces on a flat work surface or floor face down. Insert 2 1/4" pocket-hole screws into predrilled pockets (Image 3). Flip section over and slide into place on cabinets. It may be necessary to use shims between counter and cabinets to make countertop level, especially for larger sections. Gently knock shims into place until counter is level and score off excess with utility knife (Image 4). Tip: If walls are bowed or not square, it may be necessary to use caulk or trim to fill or cover gaps. It's also a good idea to use a silicone sealer between countertop and the wall behind the sink to prevent leaks.
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