Discover what you need to know about countertops—from material choices and installation to the pros and cons of each.
Learn how to sanitize and protect your butcher block with these easy DIY steps.
Skip the kitchen design center and head to the paint department for a totally new look for your laminate countertops.
In this DIY Smarts project, Carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a couple replace their laminate countertop with butcher block. Then he demonstrates how to apply a mineral oil finish to it.
Find inspiration in these stunning surfaces—some timeless, some trendy, many DIY-able!
When wood counters lose their good looks, here’s how to make them beautiful again, and keep them looking that way
This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner select a new countertop
Warm up the look of your kitchen with this easy-to-install surfacing.
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor learns how quartz countertops are manufactured and then helps install one in a homeowner’s kitchen.
With the look of natural stone, minus the maintenance, quartz countertops give granite a run for its money.
Placed at the heart of the cook space, these multipurpose units can enhance a kitchen's utility and appearance.
Read our guide to kitchen countertop options, which looks at cost, appearance, and durability in essential work surfaces.
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.
Countertop manufacturer Paul Grothouse shows Norm the right way to install the new teak island top for the kitchen
Norm travels to the Pennsylvania workshop of Paul Grothouse to see the dovetail key joinery of the kitchen’s waterfall-edge wood countertop, then back to Cambridge where the whole crew lends a hand getting it into the house and in place
Norm Abram travels to Germansville, Pennsylvania, to see how countertop fabricator Paul Grothouse is crafting a beautiful 3-inch teak island top for the house
No time to build it before Thanksgiving? Pick a readymade model that works for you
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor learns how to create concrete kitchen counters
Combine iron threaded pipe and butcher block to create a kitchen centerpiece.
The experts at This Old House explain how to find a quarried countertop that suits your home, your budget, and your cooking style
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
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor learns important maintenance tips from stone countertop contractor Jason Keefe
From our new Hammer It Out series: Create a stately and sophisticated gathering place for mixing and serving drinks
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his secrets for fabricating a stylish new plastic-laminate kitchen countertop.
Searching for the right look for your next kitchen build? Here are 13 great designs to inspire and inform
Quick tips for repairing damaged laminate counters with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.
Butcher block can be made out of nearly any wood—or any combination of woods—configured with its grain showing on the flat, on the edge, or on the end. Here are some of our favorite looks and colors for a kitchen accent
This traditional kitchen topper is easy for a do-it-yourselfer to install
Easy ways to cut costs, not corners, on some of the most high-end home-improvement projects