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  • Writer's pictureSpencer Keife

How to Replace a Countertop

When it comes to renovating your kitchen or bathroom, replacing the countertop can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the space. However, the thought of replacing a countertop may seem to be quite a bit of a handful to many homeowners. But with a little knowledge and patience, it's possible to replace a countertop on your own. Countertops really tie every aspect of the kitchen together and having nice countertops will ensure your kitchen has that pop that you really want. Having nice upgraded countertops, if done right, will also help increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell. Especially if you are replacing them while also remodeling your whole kitchen.



Before reading the list, if the thought of replacing your contertops seems to overwhelming, we recommend that you consult with a local fabricator or speak with your local contractor for help.


Here's a step-by-step guide on how to replace a countertop:

  1. Measure the Existing Countertop: Measure the length and width of your existing countertop to determine the size of the new countertop you will need. Don't forget to measure the thickness of the old countertop as well, so you can purchase a new countertop with the same thickness.

  2. Choose Your New Countertop: Consider the style, material, and color of the new countertop you want to install. Popular options include granite, quartz, marble, and laminate. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks, so do your research before making a decision.

  3. Remove the Old Countertop: Start by turning off the water supply to your sink and disconnecting any plumbing attached to the countertop. Remove the screws or nails holding the old countertop in place and carefully lift it off the cabinets.

  4. Install the New Countertop: Place the new countertop onto the cabinets and make sure it's level. If necessary, sand down any high spots on the cabinets to ensure a smooth fit. Use adhesive to secure the countertop to the cabinets.

  5. Cut Out Sink and Faucet Holes: Use a jigsaw to cut out holes for the sink and faucet. Measure the size of the holes needed based on the sink and faucet you have selected.

  6. Reconnect Plumbing: Connect the plumbing back to the sink and faucet, making sure all connections are tight and secure. Turn the water supply back on and test for leaks.

  7. Seal the Countertop: Apply a sealant to the countertop to protect it from stains and water damage. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application.


Replacing a countertop can be a great way to give your kitchen or bathroom a fresh new look. With the right tools and some patience, you can easily complete this project on your own and as mentioned at the beginning, if after reading this list you still feel uncomfortable and that doing the countertops yourself aren't worth the risk, we recommend that you consult your local fabrication expert or remodeling contractor to ensure perfection for your new countertops.


If your are in Northern Nevada, specifically Reno, Sparks, Incline Village, or surrounding areas and you are ready to tackle the kitchen remodel and get your kitchen looking the way you have always dreamed about, our team of remodeling experts at Paramount Craftsman Services are here to Bring Your Vision To Life. To learn more about our process and see how we can best help you with your kitchen remodel, visit our website by clicking here.

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