10-Minute Kitchen Counter Upgrade

10-Minute Kitchen Counter Upgrade

Give your kitchen countertop a DIY upgrade with carpenter Thad Mills’ instructions.

5 col

1-inch by 2-inch by 8-foot pine (precut to the length of the conuntertop)
Wood glue
Interior semi-gloss paint (color matched to your existing counter top)
Wood putty
Putty knife
Flathead screw driver
Nail gun with 2-inch, 18-gauge brad nails
Safety glasses
Acrylic caulking (color matched to your existing counter top)



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  1. Remove the damaged countertop edging using the flathead screwdriver.
  2. Install the countertop’s new edge: Apply a bead of wood glue to the back of the 1-inch by 2-inch by 8-foot precut pine and then adhere it to countertop’s edge face, pushing it into place snuggly. Wipe off the excess glue that may seep out when the pine is pushed into place.
  3. Wearing safety glasses, carefully nail the pine to the countertop edge using the nail gun.
  4. Fill the holes created by the nails using the wood putty and putty knife.
  5. Use the color matched acrylic caulking to fill in any gaps between the existing countertop and the new edging. Allow time for the caulking to dry before proceeding.
  6. Once the caulking has dried, paint the new edging with the color matched semi-gloss paint and paintbrush.

Tip: To get the perfect match, take the removed countertop edge to the hardware store and have them color match it to the new paint. When painting in the kitchen make sure to use a semi-gloss paint because it will protect your painted surfaces from moisture much better than other types of paint will.

  1. Allow time for the paint to completely dry.

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