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  1. #16
    DIY Member brianj's Avatar
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    Nov 2005


    granite tile

    I haven't milled the edge for the piece or grouted yet, but here it is. The idea came from the John Bridge forums. I used two layers of 3/4" plywood (subfloor grade, not sheeting), and then ditra mat. One of the layers of the plywood can be integrated into the top of the cabinets to save on height. Didn't think about that until later.

    Tile cost was about $13/sq ft. Total was probably under $20 for everything (wood, grout, sealer, etc)

  2. #17

    Default Silestone???

    Take a look at Silestone (Quartz). I think it's a great alternative to Corian/Granite, has a much more homogeneous grain pattern and is more durable. My local HD does it for 65$. Give it a look!

  3. #18

    Default Silestone Countertop

    We recently did a Silestone counter installation of approximately 25 linear feet with specialty cutouts for a corner sink and 36" cooktop. Edge treatment was a 180 degree bullnose and we used a 4" backsplash. The complete installation cost was just under $8400 near Honolulu. Our costs are significantly higher than the Mainland. The HD quote must be per square foot.

    Another plus with Silestone is that is now comes with Microban to help control bacteria, and unlike granite, it doesn't need to be resealed periodically.

    I did all of the construction on the project, except the countertop. The top requires a 3/4" solid core plywood sub-top. Careful planning and detailing for sink and stove cutouts is a must.

    The granite tile is a great alternative and can be set with tight joints to provide a good look. Nice job!
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  4. #19

    Default replacing sinks/counter tops

    Counter tops with scuffs, burn marks and knife wounds arenít pretty. Replacing the worn counter tops isnít cheap. What to do? Forego the standard counter top replacement techniques for something a little more crafty.

    Chances are if thereís a burn mark from a pot on your counter top, thatís a good place to put a built-in, heat-proof section for setting pots. Ceramic tiles are the perfect solution. Use contact cement or tile adhesive to place four squares of the tiles together on the counter top for setting hot pans.

    Leftover linoleum makes a pretty counter top for a bathroom or kitchen. Itís not heat-proof, though, so never set hot pans on it. Glue the linoleum on to the counter top. To do the front edge of the counter top, glue the linoleum onto the front, then on the top, then place narrow molding over the joining sections.

    In the bathroom, spread a thick layer of plaster of Paris, concrete, cement or grout on the counter. Now arrange shells, marbles, stones, river rock, glass pieces or broken China. Make sure any sharp edges are covered with the grout. Seal with clear sealant.

    Clear shelf paper with adhesive backing provides a way to cover up ugly counter tops. Arrange flat objects, like fabric or pictures from magazines, onto the counter top. Now cover the entire thing with clear shelf paper. A different way to achieve the same results is to laminate the photos, fabric or pictures and then glue the laminated items to the counter top. You can also use regular printed shelf paper to stick to the counter tops for coverage.

    Fabric that hasnít been laminated can easily be attached to the counter top with decoupage glue. Apply a thin coat of the glue, making sure entire counter top is covered. Place the fabric, cutting around the sink. Spread a thin layer of decoupage on top of the fabric, too. After the glue is dry, use a very lightweight steel wool to slightly sand the counter. Spray or brush on clear varnish or lacquer. The fabric doesnít have to be all one piece. You can cut squares, triangles and other shapes and arrange them on the counter top.

    Thin, colored foam, which comes on a roll, can be glued onto bathroom counters. Although the foam is washable, itís easily marred. Be careful with scissors, hot blow dryers or curling irons. Never lay hot items on this type of foam.

    Dimension paint, found at a craft or department store, is a great way to make counter tops beautiful again. The paint, which is spread on, makes any surface look like stone. After giving the counter tops a couple of coats, seal with spray-on sealant. You can also find spray-on, granite-look paint that usually includes the sealant. One can doesnít do a very large area, and itís a little expensive if youíre doing a large area, but the results are nice.

    Combine techniques, like laying linoleum on the counter tops, or laminated pictures, then setting the four square ceramic tiles for hot pots. Or, use the dimensional paint and then lay the ceramic tiles. Whichever you choose, youíll be very happy with your new counter tops.
    Last edited by luvr29; 02-06-2007 at 12:41 PM.

  5. #20


    Steve -

    We just did this in our new house - ripped out nasty white formica and went with corian from HD (in Seattle). Also chose a corian sink, so it's all one piece. Paid extra for the seamless backsplash, which is SWEET. Nowhere for gross stuff to hide now. Also signed up for a HD credit card so we saved 10% AND got interest free for one year. It came to $1,750 installed, for 19.75 sq ft, including the sink. Haven't had any problems with the sink scratching, just use soft scrub like they say. The installer they use was also highly rated on Angie's List so I felt good about using them.

  6. #21
    General Contractor dx's Avatar
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    Jul 2005


    1. Yes, Insinkerator is a good disposal. All major brands are good.

    2. First and foremost, make sure your current countertop is removable. If it was glued down to the cabinets, you might not have to worry about all these other issues


  7. #22


    free stone; stone sink; mosaic


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