Contemporary Counter Enclosure

Contemporary Counter Enclosure

This project transforms a traditional kitchen countertop into a contemporary statement!


5 col

Difficulty
Intermediate

Materials
(21) 1” x 3” x 40” lumber (length will vary depending on length of your counter)
(21) 1” x 3” x 60” lumber (length will vary depending on length of your counter)
(3) 3” x 3” x 40” lumber (height will vary depending on height of your counter)
Screw gun with Phillips head bit
Nail gun with 18-gauge 1 1/2” brad nails
(12) 2 1/2” L-brackets
Small box 3/4” wood screws
12” level
Safety glasses
Semi-gloss paint with primer, color of choice
Caulk in a caulk dispenser
Paint tray
Painter’s brush
Dry rag

Instructions
*Remove any existing shelving on the counter walls but leave any brackets that are holding the countertop in place

PLACING THE CORNER AND END POSTS

1. Place a 3” x 3” post at the corner of the two counter walls. Check with a 12” level that the post is straight. Secure in place with 2 1/2” L-brackets, 2 on each side of the post using a screw gun with a Phillips head bit and 3/4” wood screws (See image and diagram below)

2. Place additional 3” x 3” posts flush with each end of the wall. Check with a 12” level they are straight. Secure in place with two L-brackets per post using a screw gun with a Phillips head bit and 3/4” wood screws (See image and diagram below)

ADDING THE 1” x 3” LUMBER BETWEEN THE POSTS:

3. Put on safety glasses. Place the first 1” x 3” x 40” flush with the top of the baseboard and between the posts. Secure in place using a nail gun with 2” brad nails spaced every 4” to 6” along its width (See images below)

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4. Place a second 1” x 3” x 40” flat on top of the lumber from Step 3. It will protrude 2”. Secure in place using a nail gun with 1 1/2” brads spaced every 4” to 6” along the top of the lumber, into the lumber from Step 3 (See images below)

5. Continue the pattern all the way up the counter wall to the countertop by repeating Steps 3 and 4 (See images below)

6. Repeat Steps 3 to 5 to complete the second counter wall

CAULKING AND PAINTING:

7. Using a caulk dispenser apply lines of caulk along the seams of the lumber where there are any gaps. Wipe off the excess with a dry rag. Allow the caulk to dry for 1-2 hours before moving onto the next step (See images below)

8. Once the caulk is dry, paint all the lumber and the posts with semi-gloss paint with primer in the color of your choice. Allow 2-4 hours for the paint to dry

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