Diy Kitchen Counters
DIY kitchen counters will depend largely on the type of cupboards you choose to install. However, some materials may be used for just about any type of DIY kitchen counters. While you want surfaces that are practical and easy to clean, you will also have to decide how much you want to spend on your DIY kitchen counters.
The different Surfaces for DIY Kitchen Counters
If you have kitchen cupboards that are made of melamine or tougher, but more expensive formica, or some other laminated material, then it is quite usual to install countertops made of the same material. Boards manufactured for use as countertops are thicker than the material used for the cupboards themselves, and often have a different finish, fake marble or granite for example. These types of counter-tops may be post formed, which produces a neat moulded edge, or they may have square edges. Sometimes they are finished with a timber moulding.
Another option for counter tops on wooden, melamine or formica cupboards is tiles. A tiled work surface involves installing a framework on top of the cupboard and then simply tiling on top of it. Tiles are not difficult to lay, and provided the grout is properly done and doesn't start chipping away, they are also easy to keep clean and hygienic. If the grout does, chip, dirt with collect inbetween the tiles, which isn't very healthy. You could also use timber as a counter-top, but then you need to either seal it, or scrub it regularly to keep it clean.
Slabs of granite or marble look amazing, but they are expensive. However, you might consider using one small-sized slab inset with a counter-top for food preparation. That way you won't have to use a separate cutting board for chopping and slicing.
When you plan your kitchen counters, remember that different surfaces will have different uses. For example the counter alongside a sink unit is likely to get wet. For this reason it is usually a good idea to buy a sink that has a moulded drip tray that doubles as part of the work surface. Counter tops alongside the stove will need to withstand the heat of pots and pans that have just come off the stove, or dishes that have just come out of the oven. If the material you use for your work surfaces won't withstand heat, you will need to ensure there is some suitable material you can place on top of the counter so that you don't burn it.
Then all that is left is for you to price, order and pay for your DIY kitchen counters.