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Kitchen Countertops

Install new kitchen countertops and learn about the different materials used to make them.

  1. Installing Laminate Countertops

    Looking for an inexpensive custom countertop? An expert installer walks you through a typical installation, including gluing and trimming a laminate top.

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  1. How to Cut Marble


    Did you somehow acquire a slab of marble that you need to cut to size? You can use a circular saw and water hose to make all the cuts you need. Here's how.

  2. How to Select Laminate Countertops


    This article details the strengths and limitations of laminate countertops, with advice on selecting among hundreds of colors and patterns. The article also includes photos and overviews of different edge styles and backsplash treatments.

  3. How to Tile Countertops


    Ceramic or natural tile can be applied over an old laminate countertop, but prep work can be difficult, especially with rolled edges. Sometimes it's simpler to start fresh.

  4. Laminate Repair Tips: Reglue Loose Laminate


    Repair loose laminate on a countertop quickly and easily with contact cement. It takes only 15 minutes.

  5. How to Install Granite Countertops (Kitchen Tile)


    Use granite tile to create the look of a stone slab or solid surface countertop for your kitchen or bathroom – for a fraction of the cost.

  6. The Pros and Cons of Countertop Materials


    In premium kitchen countertops, the most popular choices are solid surface, engineered stone and granite. Here's the difference between them. Photo courtesy of Wilsonart

  7. DIY Granite Countertops


    Install your own granite countertops. All you have to do is measure your space, order the granite, then install—with the help of a few muscular friends. A wide selection of granite and other stone is available for DIYers

  8. Ideas for the Kitchen: Renew Kitchen Countertops


    If your laminate kitchen countertops are worn but still sound, give them a fresh, new look by resurfacing them. A variety of colors are available, and the process is no harder than painting.

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