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Kitchen Counter Swap: After

Here, near-black soapstone replaced dingy white laminate. Because it cuts and shapes with woodworking tools, the only cost was for the stone—$24 a square foot from M. Teixeira Soapstone, which also sells a DIY tool kit at For the backsplash, the home¬≠owner chose easy-to-clean solid surfacing milled like beadboard from Swanstone. One 3x8 sheet cost $556 and went up with a jigsaw and construction adhesive. Completing the makeover are a new stainless-steel undermount sink from Elkay and pull-down faucet from Grohe.

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