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Old 06-19-2014, 11:21 PM   #1
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New counter tops??

I'm thinking about changing out the wooden counter top to something nicer.......not sure what. This is my only counter top.......where the stove and cooktop sit. Is this a major project or something relatively simple? Got a jig saw, circular saw, and a chop saw........decent skills.
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:20 PM   #2
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:39 PM   #3
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I am pondering this myself. I am planning to remove the gas (three burner)cooktop in my Scamp 16 and replace it with a smaller (two burner) electric top leaving a hole. I am actually considering wood which would add a little weight (not much though) or laminating the whole top with some Formica. I just don't know how that would work with the curves in the front and back at the backsplash though. Some thin (hard)wood with an inlaid poly cutting board would be cool.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:28 PM   #4
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Unless you gain major functionality or cleanliness.. why the change? I've seen (on the CaisitaForum) someone that changed their countertop to Corian. Absolutely, positively beautiful but added a bunch of weight.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:04 PM   #5
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Donna........I just don't like the dark, heavy wood. I replaced the door to the left of the refrigerator with a curtain made from the window curtains materiaI. Will probably sand the remaining doors and paint them something light. Maybe that would be the easiest thing to do....just sand and repaint the kitchen counter with a good semi gloss......

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YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

My thoughts/ideas may not be the same as yours.

I like the idea of a good quality paint. May really brighten up the area! If it doesn't work out, then you can move ahead with something else. So... I'm cheap
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Why not a laminate?
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:42 AM   #8
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Why not a laminate?
There's no reason you couldn't use laminate, but it may be heavier than what is there now.

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Laminate weighs next to nothing, certainly compared to tile or Corian.
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My stove was removed so I pulled out the sink. Using a piece of 1/2" plywood I cut a piece to fit the entire top. A local church minister had been a cabinet maker and had a scrap of laminate just the right size. He installed the laminate. I used rv caulking to glue it to the fiberglass reinstalled the sink in its original holes added faucets and rope molding to the edges. Nice big countertop and not too heavy.
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Unless you gain major functionality or cleanliness.. why the change? I've seen (on the CaisitaForum) someone that changed their countertop to Corian. Absolutely, positively beautiful but added a bunch of weight.
Actually, there are a couple of us who have done this (Corian countertop), maybe more. While Corian is heavy as all get-out, there is so little of it left after making the sink and stove cut-outs, I considered it a non-issue. The problem I found with Corian is that it's so darned hard to locate.

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If you are going to replace the counter top. I would replace the stove and sink with a combined unit with a glass top. That would give you more counter space and the amount of work would be the same. I vote for laminate counter top. I glued some directly onto the fiberglass and it cleans much more easily then paint ever will. Replacing counter top is a lot of work by the way because you pretty much have to take everything apart.
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Corian can be tough to locate, but can be ordered in 1/4 inch thickness to keep the weight down if you overlay the existing surface. Because it is actually a thermoplastic, it works pretty easy with standard woodworking tools. It is bonded with a specialized 2-part adhesive that is spendy - $42 a tube (including mixing nozzles.) It can also be shaped by heating to create an edge radius.

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If the countertop you have now is in fairly good shape and is still stuck down to the wood , you could just ruff it up with sand paper and glue the new laminate over the old. Of course, you would have to pull the countertop and remove the sink, taps and stove. You would need a router and laminated trimming bit to trim it down. I used aluminium trim on mine when I did the Ventura countertop. I know Rona hardware up here sells 2'x4' laminate for about $5 and a can of contact cement and a paint brush or roller = a cheap redo!
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