As the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the first port of call when it comes to home interior updates, as daily use can leave it looking tired and outdated. However, a new kitchen refit can be an expensive and disruptive prospect for many homeowners. Here at Stone Genie, we have an alternative solution: utilising our thorough and professional kitchen worktop replacement service.
Rip out - and take accurate measurements
Make sure to disconnect all fixtures and lines before ripping out your old worktop. This includes the taps, the drain lines, and anything supplying power or water to appliances below the counter. Use a chisel to chip around your old sink before unscrewing it. Use caulk softener and a pry bar to remove the worktop itself. If you’re dealing with stone, it may be wise to call in a professional who’s used to removing granite worktops, as they are very heavy and difficult to remove safely.
Taking accurate measurements of where you want your kitchen worktops is crucial - as incorrect data could seriously jeopardise your whole project. Use a tape measure and remember to account for a 10-20mm overhang - and if you’re purchasing the material, make sure to have enough extra stone to play with if things don’t quite go to plan.
Make sure the worktop fits
‘Scribing’ is used to describe the process in which a slightly uneven wall is made ready for a straight-edged worktop. To avoid gaps, cut a small block of wood the exact width of the gap between worktop and wall - known as a ‘scribing block’ - and run it through the gap, marking the line on a piece of masking tape. This acts as a copy of the shape of your wall, meaning you’ll know where to trim your stone to fit.
Cut the worktop
Remember to account for any overhang when cutting your worktop into shape. Mark a straight line in pencil before covering it in masking tape (it should still be lightly visible), then use a steel ruler and a craft knife to cut a groove in the worktop.
Use a panel saw to cut through the line, making sure that the worktop is well supported at both ends to avoid any costly cracking or unwarranted damage. Use a plane to smooth off the edge.
Joining up the pieces
Joining up two pieces of worktop in a straight line is easy, utilising a mixture of methods. Use wood glue to fuse the two pieces together, and from underneath use three metal fixing plates to secure the join.
For joins on a corner where both pieces have rounded edges, using a metal joining strip is essential. Mark on the joining strip the length of the join and use a hacksaw to cut it to length and a file to smooth off any rough edges. Use silicone sealant to join the two pieces together and screw the joining strip into place.
Secure the worktop to your cabinets
This step requires someone else’s help - you will need pressure from above to make sure everything is in place. Use fixing brackets from underneath to fix the worktop from underneath. Attach the worktop to the fixing rail at the front of the cabinet and screw through it to the underside.
To secure the back edge, screw the fixing brackets in place while someone else applies pressure from above.
Insert the sink
Make sure the edges of your workop are smooth and looking as they should, before making space for the new sink.
Take an accurate measurement of the size of your sink - this can be done very simply by placing it upside down on the worktop and drawing around it. Make sure the ‘lip’ of the sink is measured as well, as this is what stops it from falling through the recess.
Use a 12mm flat drill bit to make a hole in each corner of the sink recess, then cut along the lines you made earlier with a jigsaw. Smooth off any rough edges and then attach the sink, making sure to attach the pipes and overflows before the sink is put in place. Use plenty of silicone sealant to make sure water doesn’t leak through the gaps.
Tempted to invest in a brand new worktop? Here at Stone Genie, our kitchen worktop prices are competitive - you can get an indication of what you’d pay using our online estimator tool.