I bought a place in a building built in 2007 that has granite counters. The previous owner apparently was not sealing them at all. I managed to clean and seal the kitchen one on Saturday, but there are a lot of hard white deposits that look like minerals from hard water around the bathroom sink that I can't remove. Help? [more inside]
We renovated the kitchen last year and the backsplash is the last thing we have left to do. There's one area that I'm not sure how to deal with, however: I don't know where to stop the backsplash at the end of the counter. Pictures inside. [more inside]
I'm so lost I'm having summing up the question here. But: I have a sample of wood and I want to show it to someone, and have them make me something that looks like it, in a specific size. Who would this be? [more inside]
I'd like to do something like this to make some counter space in my kitchen. Can I use an IKEA countertop instead of cut-to-measure wood? [more inside]
I've been itching to have a countertop dishwasher again. The catch? I rent and my kitchen faucet is a pull out model, with the built in sprayer. I have an idea below -- can you let me know if it's feasible (plus any pitfalls to watch out for), and if not, perhaps point me in a better direction? [more inside]
We're getting our kitchen counter measured today for a new black Silestone countertop. We need to make a decision before they get here: what kind of edge bevel to use. I'm wondering if there is a consensus on a 45 degree bevel versus squared off (or squared off with a very small rounded-off edge)? We don't want it to look dated. The counter being replaced is a simple large 8'x26"' rectangle -- no weird angles. Thanks!
How can/should I best support a 90" span of countertop, in a room where we want to do sewing, crafts, and schoolwork? [more inside]
I bought this lovely '60s cast iron enamel kitchen sink on craigslist (and a "hudee ring"), and am obtaining some repurposed bowling alley wood out of which to cut a countertop. But it suddenly occurs to me that the sink may be too damn heavy... it's probably like 50 lbs or something. Is this project doomed? And if there is anything I can do, do you think it worth the trouble? I like the sink a lot but it was only $10.
What are our options for a uniformly colored kitchen countertop? Laminate or ...? [more inside]
PLEASE tell me where to buy and how to get installed decent laminate (or other relatively inexpensive) countertops in Seattle. Home Depot has robbed us several times over in the kitchen remodel we're doing, and I can't deal with them any longer. I need another place to purchase countertops, and an installer (bonus if they're the same). I also would like to have this done in the next week or two, as I'm due to deliver a baby in three weeks. Of course, HD said this would all be done weeks ago, and it's not. Cabinets are being installed today and tomorrow. Help!
Most people want to salvage the laminate, I want the opposite. I have a bathroom vanity that is 50"x22" with sink. Three sides have tile on them as backsplash. How do I remove the laminate without wrecking the plywood underneath? I've heard soaking it in tolulene or lacquer thinner or acetone works but wouldn't that soak the wood as well and swell/ruin it (The acetone would evaporate quick though)? I used to be a floor layer so I'm thinking heat. Would a seam sealing iron work? It's basically a flat rectangular iron that can go from low to very high heat. It's safe to use on underlay so I assume plywood could handle it. I don't care about salvaging the laminate top. I just need to put a new one on and I heard that sanding and putting laminate on laminate is asking for trouble. Although I have contractor friends that with the owners permission have used liquid sandpaper and put it on existing laminate and have not had problems, 5-10 years on.
What do you know about countertop dishwashers? What should *I* know about them before purchasing one? Where can I find a selection (or heck, even 1) in stock at a brick'n'mortar here in Los Angeles? and, barring a local retailer, Which countertop dishwasher should I buy online? [more inside]
I'm remodeling a kitchen. We want to do that thing where the countertop by the sink has a drainboard cut into the counter material. What are the limitations? [more inside]
Have you used one of the Countertop Transformation products (of the two I know, Rustoleum and Modern Masters) in your kitchen, and can you share your experience? Is it worth it? Does it look nice? [more inside]
Did I just ruin my kitchen wood block counter top thanks to moisture/mold/poor use of cleaning products? [more inside]
Please recommend a countertop microwave/convection oven. [more inside]
Should we lay a tile border around our sink so we don't ruin our new birch countertops? If so, what do you wish you had known about tiling before undertaking your first project? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good place to get a Silestone countertop in New York City. Trying to get a good price and reliability. Anyone have a suggestion?
I'm planning to use bamboo plywood for a section of kitchen countertop. How should I treat it to make it both water and stain resistant and food-safe? [more inside]
How should I treat burn marks in a bathroom laminate counter top so that my corporate landlord doesn't ding me? Any advice before I start into it with sandpaper, chisels and paint? [more inside]
Granite is impervious to most things, except... [more inside]
Wood as a kitchen counter top - pros and cons? [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to replace this nightmare of a (rental) counter! See [more inside]
Marble Countertop Help! It seems that the finish/sealant/coating has bubbled or otherwise created a white spot on the black marble countertop in our house. What would've caused this? How can we fix it? The countertop is man-made black marble, and there's now a white spot on the top marring the perfect marble-ness.
We're trying to figure out the best kitchen counter material for our new kitchen. I know there are lots of great options, but we've narrowed our needs/wants down to a few important ones and have a shortlist we can't get past too easily, so are looking for some insight. [more inside]
We have corian countertops in our kitchen. The sink, which I think is made of enamel, seems as if it's part of the countertop. I hate the sink. Does replacing the sink mean replacing the whole countertop?
What is the best way to get superglue off of a countertop? [more inside]