Removing your own countertops for a home renovation project can help you save money on an expensive upgrade. A countertop can be removed easily if it was screwed in place. If glue was used to install a countertop, removal can be more difficult.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Utility knife
- Putty knife
- Pry bar
Clear the countertops, remove drawers, and empty cupboards as necessary to gain easy access to the countertop from below.
Turn off the water, and disconnect the sink from the pipes. Remove any screws holding the sink in place. Use a putty knife to loosen the sink if it is glued to the countertop, and remove it.
Cut the caulk that connects the backsplash to the wall with a utility knife. Slide a putty knife between the backsplash and the wall. Gently wedge a pry bar between the putty knife and the backsplash, and pry the backsplash loose. Placing the pry bar where there is a stud whenever possible will avoid breaking through the drywall.
Remove the screws that hold the countertop in place.
Wedge a putty knife between the countertop and the top of the cabinets to loosen the glue holding it in place.
Use a pry bar to carefully pry the countertop off of the cabinets. Have someone help you lift the countertop off of the cupboards.
Tips and warnings
- Removing a glued-on countertop can damage the cupboards. Before you take on this project, keep in mind that professionals are usually insured to cover such damage, while you are responsible for any damage you cause yourself.
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