No Contractor? No problem! Tips for DIY Granite Countertops

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Forget calling a contractor. You’ve watched enough HGTV to know what you’re doing.

Speaking of, you have your eye on some sweet DIY granite countertops you saw on “Fixer Upper!” 

You have the DIY skills. You just need the right advice to push you over the finish line. Start now with these tips to install countertops like a pro.

Choose Your Granite Colors

The first thing you need to do is select your granite countertops. As you can see, granite comes in a rainbow of natural colors. It’s like choosing paint colors!

For example, there isn’t just one shade of white granite. There’s river white, kashmir, Delicatus, Himalayan, and ice white. 

Check out these popular granite colors trending with DIYers:

  • Ubatuba
  • Black galaxy
  • Brown pearl
  • Coffee
  • New imperial red
  • Lavender blue
  • Crystal yellow

If you want something more minimalist, consider absolute black granite or similar solid shades. 

Remember to choose granite colors that complement your wall colors, wood type, and decorative design too. 

Bathroom vs. Kitchen Countertops

Granite is best suited for your bathroom and kitchen countertops. But they have their differences. 

Bathroom countertops are different in size than kitchen countertops. An average kitchen counter is roughly 38 inches high, whereas bathroom counters are typically 30 to 32 inches high on average. 

Countertop sizes also depend on individual needs. For example, wheelchair accessible counters should be at least 31 to 34 inches high. Taller individuals may require counters that are nearly 40 inches high. 

Having accurate measurements is so important here. Remember to thoroughly measure your bathroom and kitchen before installing your DIY granite countertops. And check for mistakes. 

How To Install DIY Granite Countertops

Ready to roll up your sleeves and install your counters? This is the most laborious step of the process, but also the most exciting! This where you get to use your favorite tools. 

To install your countertops, you’ll need:

  • Plywood (less than an inch)
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver 
  • Heavy duty hot glue gun
  • Waterproof silicone
  • Circular saw
  • Diamond cut saw blade

First, remove your previous countertops and line the top of your bottom cabinets with plywood. Use screws to keep it in place. This supports your granite and its smooth edges.

Next, install your granite! Some of these countertops can weigh more than 200 pounds, so you may want to ask a friend to help.

If your counter space lacks perfectly square edges, use cardboard to mold them to your liking before installing your counters. After placing your granite, cut a hole for your kitchen or bathroom sink. Use your circular saw and diamond cut saw blade to do this. 

To water seal your countertops, line the edges between the plywood and walls with waterproof silicone. Use caulk to glue your countertops down onto the plywood. 

Voila, you’re done!

Plan Your Next DIY Adventure

Now that you’ve mastered DIY granite countertops, it’s time to conquer your next challenge. Maybe that garage needs a little love? Or what about that outdated guest room? 

Use these tips to give your home the makeover it deserves. And discover even more resources to help you transform any space.  

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