How to Remove Kitchen Countertops

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Remodeling a kitchen can get expensive. If most or all of the remodeling work is done by you, the cost can be cut tremendously. One way to get a new look for your kitchen is to replace the countertops. To do this, the old countertops need to be removed. This remodeling job isn't hard to do and with a few tools and some time, you'll soon have those old kitchen countertops removed and new ones in their place.

Things You'll Need

  • Drop cloths
  • Screwdriver
  • Screw gun
  • Sheets
  • Utility knife
  • Lay a drop cloth on the floor around the sink. This will help to keep dust and debris from getting all over the floor. You can also drape sheets on any other appliances in the kitchen.

  • Remove the drawers from your cabinets. You will also need to clean out your cabinets so there will be room to work. Don't forget to clear off the top of the counter, too.

  • Turn off the water supply and disconnect the plumbing. Unscrew the clips that hold the sink to the counter and remove the sink. Make sure that the drains are clear of water before removing the sink from the countertop. If you have a dishwasher then unhook and remove i, too.

  • Take out the screws holding the countertop in place. The screws can be found underneath the cabinet along the edges and in corners. You should be able to get most of the screws out with a screw gun but keep a screwdriver ready for those hard to reach ones. If there is a metal trim on the edge of the counter then it needs to be taken off now, too.

  • Remove the backsplash. Take the casing and stops off of the windows. Be careful with them as they will go back on later. Most backsplashes are caulked so you'll have to cut the top of the caulking off with a utility knife. Care needs to be taken when using the screwdriver to pry the backsplash away from the wall or it could take some of the wallpaper or paint with it. Place a piece of wood behind the screwdriver to reduce chances of damage.

  • Lift the counter top up and get rid of it. If the countertop doesn't come up easily then it may still have a screw or two left in it. Carefully check underneath to make sure there aren't any stray screws left in. Remove any you find and then pick up the countertop and take it off.

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