Want to revamp your kitchen without spending a fortune? Install granite countertops San Antonio TX to make your kitchen look stylish. Wondering what you’ll need and what steps to follow? Here’s a quick rundown.
• Granite countertop components
• Craft paper
• Masking tape
• Duct tape
• 2×4 boards
• Polyester-based resin
• Buffing pad
• 3/4″ plywood
• Mixing plate
• Vix bit
• 2′ level
• Caulk gun
• Circular saw
• Spade bit
• Dust mask
• Granite cutter
• Utility knife
• Carpenter’s square
• 6′ level
• Dry-cut segmented diamond blade
Step 1 – Get DIY granite countertops
First, measure the size of the cabinets so that you can order the appropriate size of granite countertops. A module system granite countertop eliminates expensive fabrication. You might try that if your kitchen has a modular design. The granite system will need ¾” plywood sheets to support the granite.
Step 2 – Prep the cabinets
Cut a ¾” plywood that fits on top of the base cabinets. This should give enough clearance for a bull-nose edging, keeping the doors and drawers clear from the countertop. Make sure you take the right measurements to avoid overhanging of the plywood. You should drill a pilot hole into the frame of the cabinets to attach the plywood with screws. Keep the screws in the center of the frames to make them sit tightly.
Step 3 – Install the granite countertops
Handle each countertop with care while installing because the slabs can be brittle. It’s best to create a template for your granite countertops because most walls aren’t perfect squares. Use craft paper to make the template. Also, don’t forget to apply duct tape as it protects the granite from the base of the saw. You should get a dry-cut segmented diamond blade in the circular saw to ensure smoothness around the edges.
Step 4 – Cut the sink hole
If you are going to install the countertop around the sink as well, make sure you cut around the edges carefully. Start by tracing the exact line and imprint the same on a plywood subcounter. Remove the dry-fitted granite slabs and use a spade bit to fit the hole you just made in the plywood. Use the jigsaw to finally cut the sink hole on the granite slab. Lay a cardboard on the sink before laying the granite slab on top of the sink. You can remove the slab while joining the granite seams.
Step 5 – Join the seams
Start leveling the seams of the granite slabs. You should use 1-1/4″ screws as they help to adjust the height of the slab to lower or raise the countertop.
Step 6 – Glue the countertop
Apply dollops of silicone around the edge of the cabinet after lifting the countertop. Pair this step with a bead of caulk around that sink rim. You should also apply a second coating of bead on top of the sink rim to make the gap waterproof. Slowly bring the countertop down and let the silicone and caulk grip the bottom of the slab’s surface to the cabinets’ top.
Step 7 – Glue the seams
Use a blue masking tape over the seam to attach it to the countertop. You can later use the respective color to match the countertop and cabinet.
There you have it. You now have a stylish-looking granite countertop in your kitchen ready for use. Make sure you follow the steps carefully to avoid any repairs later.