• In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey replace a small kitchen.

    Steps:
    1. Unplug and remove stove from kitchen. Remove old range hood, too.
    2. Disconnect the water-supply lines and drainpipe from sink.
    3. Unhook the water, drain and electrical connections from dishwasher; carry dishwasher from kitchen.
    4. Pry free the old countertop and remove it from kitchen.
    5. Make a template of the countertops and fabricate new solid-surface countertops.
    6. Use silicone adhesive to secure countertops to cabinets.
    7. Apply epoxy the joint between two countertop sections; clamp the joint closed and wait for the epoxy to cure.
    8. Use a belt sander to sand the epoxy joint flush with the counter.
    9. Install the backsplash using silicone adhesive.
    10. Seal the seam between the backsplash and counter with silicone adhesive.
    11. Use a drill/driver and hole saw to bore faucet holes in the counter.
    12. Install the faucet to the countertop.
    13. Connect the sink's hot- and cold-water supply lines, drainpipe, and the garbage disposer.
    14. Install the range hood to the underside of the cabinet above the range alcove.
    15. Set the new dishwasher into place, then connect the copper water-supply tubing to the appliance with a compression fitting.
    Also connect the electrical cable and the rubber drain hose.
    16. Level dishwasher by rotating its adjustable feet, then secure it by screwing into the wood mounting blocks on the underside of the counter.
    17. Plug in the electric range, the leveling it, if necessary, by turning its adjustable feet.
    • 2 to 4 days, depending on complexity of the kitchen layout
    • $8,000 to $16,000 on average, depending on new appliances installed
    • Difficulty: Hard
      requires demolition work, carpentry, cabinet and counter installation, and plumbing and electrical hookups
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      Tools List

      • hammer
        Hammer
      • Phillips screwdriver
        Screwdriver
      • flat prybar
        Pry bar, for removing old counters and backsplashes
      • adjustable wrench
        Assorted wrenches and pliers, for plumbing hookups
      • caulk gun
        Caulking gun, used to apply silicone adhesive
      • belt sander
        Belt sander with assorted sanding belts, used to sand epoxy seam flush on counter
      • drill
        Drill/driver with hole saw, for boring faucet holes in counter
      • putty knife
        Putty knife, for applying seaming epoxy
      • bar clamps
        Clamps (or vacuum pump), used to draw closed countertop seams

      Shopping List

      1. Solid-surface counter and seaming epoxy, for new countertops

      2. New kitchen appliances, type and number as needed

      3. Silicone adhesive, used to secure new counter and backsplash 4. Kitchen sink and faucet

      5. Range hood

      6. Plumber's putty, for sealing faucet to counter