Foo - So... who knows something about counter tops??
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03-29-10, 04:09 PM
So I'm buying my mom a new vanity counter top for her main bathroom. We go up to Lowe's to get it, measurements in hand, and, as it turns out, the size she needs is not a standard size. First off, this is odd because it is far from an expensive or custom home (built at moderate price in the 80s). The dimension is 53"x19". Does anyone know where to buy this size top, or of an online wherehouse that may have this size?
I'm aware you can have them cut down to size, but I'm not entirely familiar with what they will/won't do. I know Lowe's had nothing that could help us (lady didn't seem interested). Price is also kind of a big deal, not doing granite, trying to stay lower than $200. Thanks for any direction...
Edit: yes, I'm aware I spelled 'something' wrong in the tite.. stupid typos...
Edit 2: yes, I'm aware I spelled 'title' wrong in the first edit...
Is it a free standing cabinet or between walls?
03-29-10, 05:54 PM
There are a couple ways to go with this project. Since you do not want the expense of stone I will guess you are looking at a laminate (formica) top. These do not have to be pre-fab. You can cut two layers of plywood the size you need. Glue and screw them together. Sand the top smooth. they sell a basic laminate knife, a score and snap tool. Cut your laminate a couple inches bigger than the wood, paint both surfaces with contact cement and let DRY. Place a couple pieces of clean scrap wood (slip sticks) on the wooden part and position the laminate into place, remove one of the slip sticks and press the laminate in place. Remove the other slip stick and press laminate in place. Roll with a 3 wheel laminate roller. Next use a laminate trimmer or a router with a flush cut bit to trim the laminate the rest of the way to the size of the top. you can repeat this for the sides or trim it out on the edges with stained wood trim if you choose this option glue and nail the trim in place. You can cut the sink hole, when dine assembling, with a jig saw.
03-29-10, 05:57 PM
A custom cabinet shop should be able to make you a laminate (Formica) top for a reasonable price, especially in the current economy. A second option is to break out the phone book and look for someone that does custom countertops. Or, if you're handy with woodworking tools, or know someone who is, you could always do it yourself. Laminate tops are not hard to make by any means.
Pending the size, you may also check around for display counters. Kitchen/Bath stores update frequently and deals are not that hard to come across. Stone suppliers also have remnants that go quite cheap. Barring that, laminate will be the most affordable and there are some nice ones available these days.
03-29-10, 07:04 PM
there is a wall on the right side (if you're looking at the counter, of course). Although making it wouldn't be out of my league, I do not have the time or resources as of now. My new job has me travelling everywhere (hell, I haven't even gone riding since I graduated in December!), and I'd have to do the work at my dad's house for the tools(parents recently divorced), so I'm not sure I want to do that.
I'll check into the custom thing, but I'm expecting high prices.
Any more ideas??
03-29-10, 07:23 PM
Have you considered re-using the existing countertop by applying granite tile overtop? This should keep you under $200, and looks fantastic when it's done. Here's a DIY link:
Buy a precast(19"deep 60"wide with sink in middle)cut one or both sides to 53"with a ceramic sabre saw blade.Sand edge with wet/dry sandpaper if edge is exposed.I would use a 4" grinder with a diamond blade($30 for blade)for cutting the top.
Home Dopey or Lowes should have one of these bath vanity tops in stock for under $200.
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