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August 24, 11:02 AM [GMT -5]

I did a complete DIY remodel of my kitchen, which included doing the countertops. After stripping the contractor grade tile off the concrete counter base, I installed cement board, which I fastened down with screws. Using 12x12 tiles, I was able to create tight joints, which I grouted with a matching color. When people first see the counters, they think they are solid slab. Also did the backsplash with counter tiles trimmed with black granite. I did not smooth or bullnose the edges, as the tiles had a tiny miter on the edges and I could not master the mitering jig in the original magazine article. I have no small children in the home, so no worries about the flat edges. Turned out beautifully!
Total cost for tile: $325. total project cost for approx. 50 sq. ft. of counter: $525. Slab w/installation was easily 4 times that.
I have since redid the counter in my guest bath using leftover tile and will be doing an outdoor island counter top with the remaining!

February 19, 10:07 AM [GMT -5]

Since I could not find any bull nose granite to complete the project, I choose to use a porcelean tile bull nose in a complementary color. It worked very well and gave the finished project a very nice look. This saved a great amount of work cutting and also the chance of breaking the granite tiles while beveling the edges.
Additionally, I screwed the cement backer board to the exsisting formica counter top and saved the labor of removing the formica and sanding. The formica also provides a moisture proof barrier. I have had no problems after 5 years and lots of complements , especially after my cost of the project is mentioned.

April 20, 11:30 AM [GMT -5]

The BEST instructions on how to install granite tile counters. The mitered corners make a huge difference in how the project looks. I would suggest going one step further and getting a set of granite finishing pads/disks and smoothing the corners more. Disks for dry finishing paired with a simple angle grinder work great -- just use a router speed controller to slow down the grinder speed. I am extremely happy with my counters!


December 21, 3:54 PM [GMT -5]

I installed 12"x12" soapstone tiles in our old kitchen after reading the magazine article. I was able to use the old counter top as is after stripping off the laminate and sanding the mastic down, no other underlayment was use. Used a good mastic to stick down the tiles and the pre-cut nosing that was available. An epoxy grout finished it off. Five years later it is still looking great with no problems and an annual mineral oil coating. Best thing about the soapstone is nothing effects it, not hot pots right off the stove or cold items right from the freezer.

May 18, 11:46 PM [GMT -5]

I am considering doing this but the write up says see photo # x or y or z, but the photos that are shown are not numbered. How do I tell what photo is what #.

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