Anyone put new counter tops in?

sweets98January 10, 2006

I was just wondering if anyone here has replaced their counter tops with new ones yet?

DH and I want to get new counter tops in our kitchen and it wouldn't cost a whole lot to do so. I just think we're going to run into a problem and he says we won't.

In the last year we replaced the counters and sinks in our bathrooms and both times it required more work than we orginally thought.

In the half bath, DH rebuilt us a totally new vanity because we had to have one the same size as was in there because it was custom built for the pipes underneath. For the top, we bought the smallest section of kitchen countertop they had at Lowe's and a new sink. We ended up cutting the back part off of the counter because the vanity wasn't as deep.

Last week DH installed a new one piece sink and vanity top in the other bath. We picked up the top on clerance at Lowe's and could not pass up the deal. So it seemed easy enough. Wrong...turned out the top was an 1" too short. They don't even make the size we would have needed anyway. So for now we have a gap on the one side and later on DH will rebuild us a new vanity for this bathroom, too. The other issue he came across was that he had to removed the two pieces they used to make a vanity and cut a new side because the sink had to sit out further to fit in the drain pipe.

So I'm just's going to take a LOT more work for the kitchen, too. I know we can find a way, though. Just wondering if others had any experiences with this.

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Did my kitchen with stone counters, new oak cabinets. Drain lines can be moved. Forgot about my new 10" deep sink.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2006 at 6:57PM
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our home has blue formica countertops throughout (both bathrooms and kitchen), i am so sick of blue i could scream. (the carpeting is blue also). i cannot afford to replace the carpeting right now, so my plan is to replace the countertops to help de-blue-ify the house. it seemed a shame to replace perfectly good countertops just because of the color, so i did some sleuthing around and found this cool stuff that you smear on the countertops and it makes them look like granite. (it is basically granite granules in an acrylic sealer). we are going to try this on our countertops and see how it goes, it sure beats tearing the kitchen up.
if the reason you are thinking of replacing your countertops is more because of aesthetics than because it actually needs replacing, then you might also be interested in this stuff.

Here is a link that might be useful: spread rock

    Bookmark   January 10, 2006 at 8:47PM
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That looks like an interesting product. Thanks for the link. What we did to change the look of our counter was to purchase the 12x12 granite tiles, (they also come in 18x18) with the matching edging at a local tile stoe. We went with the Absolute Black and everyone who see's them raves about the new look. It was very easy to work with, they cut with a standard wet saw, and the results were well worth it. It was lots less expensive than the solid granite but almost the same look. We have been very happy with the results.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2006 at 9:35AM
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Will the counters be smooth or have texture to them?

I thought about painting the bathroom ones but they're changed now and I'm not going to bother.

The kitchen, I feel just needs new countertops. First of all they are cream and just about everything stains them. I can't stand it anymore! We have lived here for 5 years but my father rented it to a lady for 7 years prior to that. She really ruined a lot of stuff and I have a few chips out on the edges plus cut marks from chopping on the counter with no cutting board.

It really shouldn't cost a lot and DH says he can do it because he's done everything else. I guess if we have to cut the back off, we have to.

I'm not going with anything too fancy because well, it's a mobile home and we're not staying here forever. The plan is to actually get a double wide and put it up back on our lot down the road but that will be after I get to work and the kids are both in school.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. It's nice to hear about others that are updating their mobile homes!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2006 at 10:03AM
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You can buy sheets of laminate and re-laminate over older existing counters. Although we did rebuild our counters, our purchase price for 16 x either 3 or 4' of laminate was around $125.00. We also bought the adhesive and paid a little more to get the non-toxic type. There is a forum member, mrsmarv I believe, who has pictures of the counters she re-laminated.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2006 at 1:56AM
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jonig99, do you have any pictures of your countertops that you can post? they sound beautiful!


    Bookmark   February 7, 2006 at 11:26PM
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Hi jiggreen,

I don't have any pictures of the counters, but will take one and post this weekend, so you can see how they look.


    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 9:00PM
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    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 2:50PM
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like most of the previous posts I also live in a double wide. I went a differant route in my last home and probably will here as well when the times comes. I redid my counter tops with ceramic tile just used the adhesive right on top of the existing formica. I did have to take out the sink and purchase a tile cutter but it wasnt real hard and took less than a couple of days. The results were great I wanted to do a splash board behind the counter tops but never got around to it. I used black and white tiles and put them in a checker board pattern. I only wish I could find the pictures I took before and after.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2006 at 8:48AM
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I am a senior female who is preparing to tile and grout all countertops in the MH. I am buying the 1/4" on mesh tile for the bathroom counters and the heavier tiles on mesh for the kitchen countertop. I will add the backsplash of my choice.
From Craig's List I have managed to buy 3 porcelain replacement lavs .

the only issue I foresee is possibly the bull nose on curved countertop. Straight is no issue as Lowe's has the oak bull nose and they'll cut it to size.

Any suggestions on the curved counter?????

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 6:46PM
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Senior female here too and I did my bath counter tops too. Also back splash in guest bath. Have not done the master YET.

I used glass on the front edge in my master bath. Nothing perfect but we like it. I made many of my tiles. Stained glass bits on top of mirror to make then 1/4 inch thick. I used silicone to glue directly to the existing counter top.

Here is a link that might be useful: Counter done needs back splash.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 4:40PM
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I looked into the product you mentioned and it looks like the way to go. Did you use it? How did it work?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2010 at 6:35PM
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Barbara Kelly

Senior female here too, and I put in a butcherblock countertop.. I did not take the old one out. I put a counter where there wasn't one. I moved the fridge to give me more counterspace. I love it and the new countertop and cabinet was not expensive. take a look...

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 6:57AM
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Love the new countertop! Goes great with your "outdoors indoors" theme. I'm trying to convince DH to let me paint our cabinets white, add a beadboard backsplash and wood countertops. Did you get yours at IKEA?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 11:38PM
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Dulcimerduo - That is absolutely gorgeous!!! Is the back wall glass or a mural?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 5:51AM
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Barbara Kelly

No, we picked up the countertop from Southeastern Salvage, and that is a mural I picked up at a yard sale years ago, just found the spot for it.

If you want to see the "before" the countertop, use search for "Purple Door award". There are photos of my front door and kitchen after I painted it purple.. lol This is an OLD, read 1976 model mobile home.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2011 at 1:57PM
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We decided to go all out and we did granite counter tops in the kitchen. A carpenter beef up the cabinets with extra support and the granite was installed with no problem. We also replace an awful vanity top in the smaller bathroom. Kept the cabinet order a top for a good price from a store and put it in without a hitch. Lots more to do with painting but if you plan on staying like we are for a summer home this was well worth it. We have put formica over existing counter tops before. You can buy sheets and use the adhesive. You need to cut yourself, but it works good also for a great upgrade.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 11:07PM
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Here is a larger photo of the counter tops after they were installed. We love them. I did switch out all the hardware also which helped a lot. Now paint, blind and floor and appliance are ordered. One more room down soon. Having a mobile home is great and you can do anything just like a regular home. Don't be afraid to try things.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 11:12PM
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Lol. This post is from 2006 and I'm still getting notifications of replies to it. We replaced our counter tops with the inexpensive Formica at Lowe's about 5 years ago now. We had a water leak at the kitchen sink which caused some damage that we wanted to fix so while we were ripping things out we decided to replace the counter tops. We did end up having to build a new face for the base of the counters as the thin paneling stuff was not the best, so my cupboards on the bottom are stronger than ever. My husbad also had to cut the piece off the back of the countertops to make them fit as mine weren't as deep as the ones from the store but with a little trim along the back of the counter and nobody knows. I love my kitchen even to this day. The money was well worth it! If I remember correctly they cost about $150?

In Sept we will have lived here for 12 years!!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 9:02AM
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I redid my countertops with an acrylic paint kit. It has been on for two years now and is holding up great. Also did a tile backsplash. the kits you can get online or at the home improvement stores

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 7:53PM
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