How To Install A Marble Countertop

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  • 2-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 200-400
What You'll Need
Marble countertop
Sledge hammer
Silicone caulk adhesive
Protective eyewear

Learning how to install a marble countertop to your kitchen can add elegance and class. This is an extensive project, but can be accomplished on a fairly inexpensive budget. Here’s how to accomplish a marble countertop installation.

Materials Needed:

•Marble countertop
•Sledge hammer
•Silicone caulk adhesive
•Protective eyewear

Step 1 – Take Careful Measurements

Make sure to take careful measurements of the area. Get all the necessary widths and lengths and decide if you are installing a one-piece with sink already set or will you be installing the sink separately.

Step 2 – Choose a Countertop

Check with your local home improvement centers for a countertop you like. You can use the Internet to investigate various types, styles and manufacturers before making a purchase. Occasionally, you might find closeout deals saving you lots of money.

Step 3 – Remove Old Countertop

Carefully remove the old countertop paying particular attention to the cabinets and sink. Demolish your old countertop just before installing the new one.

Step 4 – Dry Run

Install the countertop on top of the cabinet shell making sure it fits snugly. Some trimming and sanding may be necessary to get the countertop to set properly if it is not perfectly square. Use a power sander to remove any excessive marble.

Step 5 – Add Backsplash

When adding the backsplash, make sure it fits tightly against the wall. Square it off and make all necessary adjustments before proceeding.

Step 6 – Glue It

After checking to make sure you have a snug fit, it’s time to glue all materials using a 100 percent clear silicone caulking adhesive. Using clear silicone is good because the product is extremely sticky while not discoloring any light colored marble. Avoid using dark colored adhesives because these will have an effect on the marble look. Apply a wet wipe using alcohol run across all marble surface area before using the adhesive. This will remove all dust. Make sure to immediately clean up any excessive glue from the marble countertop.

Step 7 – Dry Time

Allow the countertop to set overnight after examining the installation to make sure an even, consistent bond has been created. Check all of the corners. When drying, place heavy objects on top the countertop to help create an effective bond. Always use a level to make sure the countertop is straight from back to forint and side to side.

Step 8 – Cleaning the Countertop

Always clean the marble countertop with a soft, damp cloth. Avoid using abrasive cleaning products so you can avoid scratching the surface area of your new marble countertop.

Keep in mind it is important to dispose of the old countertop carefully. Removing it from the cabinet shell will cause sharp edges and possibly loose pieces that could be dangerous.