Kitchen counter top replacement

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Old 01-06-13, 01:54 PM
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Kitchen counter top replacement

We just recently purchase a condo in West Palm Beach and plan to make some upgrades. We'd like to replace the kitchen counter tops and leave the cabinets as they are in good condition. The problem is it appears the existing top is only 1/2 thick and turns down on the front of the cabinet. Also there is an odd silver/chrome insert on the front of the cabinet. I have attached some pictures of the cabinet top surface. Does anyone know what kind of product if not granite can be used to replace the top? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
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If you can't find the manufacturer, it's going to be a problem. I just looked through a couple hundred pics of counter tops & I don't see anything, close to that. Maybe someone on the condo board has some information.

Edit: I forgot to say that the current counter tops look really nice. You could rent a buffing wheel to make it shine. If you go that route, just use water, no chemicals.
 

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You could probably tile it or do a solid top (granite, corian, etc) with a custom front piece. Kind of like a backsplash but along the front edge. If you want to remove the custom insert, you'll probably have to create some sort of spacer block to fill in the gap that will be created. I'd probably bring in a custom countertop guy and see what he can do for you.
 
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Wow, what nice countertops. I know you don't think so, but, I'm with Pulpo. Random orbit sander with a really fine, say 2000 grit paper and you could bring out the pzazz of the top. Use water only. Good backsplash and you're saving a few thousand dollars.
 
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I forgot to say that the current counter tops look really nice. You could rent a buffing wheel to make it shine. If you go that route, just use water, no chemicals.
I would use the same woven cover and buffing compound that people use to remove oxidation and restore shine to cars that they really care about.

Edit: See Pulpo's point about why this may not be a good idea.
 

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You don't want buffing compound near food. That's why I said to use only water.
 
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You don't want buffing compound near food. That's why I said to use only water.
Ah. I didn't realize that. Thanks.
 
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