Reclaimed Countertops

IMG_0604The only thing worse than my retro metal cabinetry, are the original countertops. An opportunity allowed me to be rid of the cracked plastic and rust, for something a bit more upscale…

When I bought the house, I had no grand illusions that anything was up to date, but when I peeled back the contact paper to reveal my countertops, I found a cracked, chipped plastic from the 50’s. Worse, moisture had worked its way in and rusted the metal underneath.IMG_0768

With new countertops low on the priority list, I decided to try laying in some self-leveling concrete mix, then seal it to provide a workable surface. As luck would have it, something better came along. Someone was advertising granite, and other rock countertop pieces available, ‘make offer.’ I hoped they had a couple slabs that would fit.

As a general rule, used items should be 1/2 of new to be a deal for me. By square footage, that meant about $30 per chunk. The guy was happy with $20 a slab, as they cost him just time & gas. We found 2 matching pieces the right size, and an oval from an under-mount sink that I’ll use for a hot pad/cutting board.

IMG_0770Removing the tops took some persuasion, as the nuts were rusted pretty good. I used some WD-40 on the little bolts, and discovered some really old wall paper hiding behind the cupboard. Each piece was just a few inches larger than what it replaced, causing some overhang. Unfortunately, it’s not quite enough to saw off for a backsplash.IMG_0607

I ended up placing the old metal backsplashes at the rear for now, until I have a better plan. I’ve really enjoyed them for the past few weeks. Only trouble is, I don’t know how I could go back to a lesser product in the future…

Anyway, that’s one little thing checked off my list, better attend to the bigger ones too!

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One response to “Reclaimed Countertops

  1. Looks great. That should give you pleasure every day.

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