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Required Tools for this Project

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

    • Hammer
    • Clamps
    • Cordless drill
    • Tape measure
    • Circular saw
    • Caulk gun
    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Bucket
    • Chalk line
    • Nippers
    • Level
    • Drill bit set
    • Framing square
    • Grout float
    • Jigsaw
    • Notched trowel
    • Straightedge
    • Utility knife
    • Taping knife
Tile saw (rental)

A pneumatic stapler will make installing the plywood countertops faster, but it’s not necessary.

Required Materials for this Project

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

    • Tile
    • Cement board
    • Thin-set mortar
    • Grout
    • Grout sealer
    • 1-5/8 in. screws
    • 1-1/4 in. galvanized nails
    • Construction adhesive
    • Fiberglass tape

You may need a sealer, depending on your type of tile.

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