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Countertop How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our countertop step-by-step tips & ideas.

How to Cut a Granite Countertop

Cutting granite for kitchen countertops whether indoors or outdoors—is a DIY-able job. But there are some caveats to consider before getting started.

How To Paint Laminate Countertops

Skip the kitchen design center and head to the paint department for a totally new look for your laminate countertops.


How to Repair Laminate Counters

Quick tips for repairing damaged laminate counters with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.

How to Make a DIY Butcher Block Countertop

Warm up the look of your kitchen with this easy-to-install surfacing.

How To Build a DIY Breakfast Bar

Read our guide to learn how to add more counter space to your kitchen with a breakfast bar.


How to Make a Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertops are gaining popularity in kitchens and bathrooms, and they also cost a fraction of what other traditional countertops cost. Kevin O’Connor explains how to make them.


How to Make a Hypertufa Table

This rugged stuff can weather spilled drinks, sticky hands, and even harsh winters. Use it to make a versatile outdoor table that will last for years


How to Maintain a Stone Countertop

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor learns important maintenance tips from stone countertop contractor Jason Keefe

How to Install a Soapstone Countertop

This traditional kitchen topper is easy for a do-it-yourselfer to install

How to Miter Corners in a Laminate Countertop

A single cut through both layers ensures a no-gap fit

How to Laminate a Countertop

Laminate is inexpensive, comes in hundreds of designs, and makes a convenient work surface. Best of all, you can install it just six hours

How to Remove Stains from Kitchen Countertops

The best way to get rid of spots on kitchen surfaces