How to Install a Countertop

Step-by-step instructions on how to install a pre-made plastic laminate countertop in your kitchen or bathroom.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Belt sander
  • Caulk gun
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Dust mask
  • File
  • Handsaw
  • Hearing protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Jigsaw
  • Scribing tool
  • Tape measure
  • Straightedge

You'll also need a specialty tool: a laminate cutter

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Premade cabinets
  • Siliconized latex caulk
  • 1-1/2 in. steel angles
  • 5/8-in. long No. 8 screws
  • Masking tape
  • Colored silicone caulk
  • Miter bolts
  • 1-1/4 in. drywall screws
  • 80-grit sanding belt

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