Kitchen counter top dilemma!

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Old 12-27-08, 10:25 AM
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Kitchen counter top dilemma!

I just purchased a new set of cabinets from IKEA, and assembled them, only to discover that my standard formica countertop (8'6" long) won't work with the new cabinets, because the drawers start at the very top, rather than a few inches down, and the curved front on the countertop blocks the drawers. Had I realized that beforehand, I would have stuck with regular cabinets! So, the question is, is there any way to make this work (maybe cutting the curved section off the front of the countertop), or is there an alternative that's not outrageously expensive for me to consider? Or is it time to bring in a kitchen specialist and pay them to make something work? Thanks for any help you can offer.
 
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Old 12-27-08, 10:55 AM
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Raise the counter top with appropriate thickness of MDF attached to the top of the cabinets or bottom of the counter?

We had a similar post a ways back and IKEA was the culprit then I believe.

Cutting the front cleanly would be tough I would think.
 
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Old 12-27-08, 11:07 AM
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Thanks, Gunguy45. My first thought was raising it with mdf or wood, but I thought maybe I could use my zip tool with a straightedge guide to shave off the front lip. That would expose the bare particle board on the bottom edge though, so I'm not crazy about that idea. It probably wouldn't be a very clean cut, anyway - as you said. I guess if there are no reasonable replacements for an 8' + countertop, I'll have to just rig it up with the spacers. Thanks.
 
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Old 12-27-08, 10:11 PM
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Hi flukeslapper,

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"Had I realized that beforehand, I would have stuck with regular cabinets! "
There is still time for this. IKEA has a good items' return policy, so you can easily return your purchase to the store, assembled or not. Just explain your problem. I had a problem with a set of bookcases and returned them without problems

I'd avoid to change the counter's elevation, because, even a difference of 0.5" can be a problem for a kitchen working surface
 
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Old 12-28-08, 10:05 AM
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Thanks, Patricia -
Since I've already got several wall cabinets installed in the room, and the rest are built and ready to go, returning everything is probably not the best solution. You made a valid point about the counter elevation, but the feet on the base cabinets are adjustable, so I should be able to offset the added height atop the cabinets. The trick will be finding material that's the right offset height, which appears to be 5/8" (couldn't be 1/2 or 3/4, could it? Of course not...). Anyhow, thanks for the good luck wishes - I'll need some of that, no doubt! Happy New Year!!
 
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Old 12-28-08, 10:15 AM
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1/2" MDF in strips on top of cabinet frame with 1/8" lauan door skins in strips on top or under that. Prob get all you need for under $30, maybe less if you get them to mark down some corner damaged ones.
 
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Beautiful! Thanks so much for saving me from a minor brain aneurism on Sunday. Sounds like a plan - off to HD we go. Happy New Year to ya, and thanks again for the helpful advice!
 
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