How to Repair a Burnt Kitchen Countertop


Kitchen countertops can come in many forms such as laminate or Formica. However, when a hot pan or dish is placed directly on the countertop, without a pad, it can burn the surface and leave unsightly dark marks. The burn marks left on the countertop will then need to be repaired. You can repair a burnt kitchen countertop by cutting out the burned area and installing a cutting board.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Cutting board
  • Template
  • Painters tape
  • Jigsaw
  • Brackets (included with cutting board)
  • Screwdriver
  • Determine the area of the countertop by measuring the width times the length with a tape measure.

  • Purchase a cutting board that will fit in the dimensions in Step 1.

  • Measure the width and length of the cutting board with the tape measure.

  • Transfer the measurements from Step 3 to the burnt countertop, if necessary. If the cutting board comes with a template, place the template on the countertop and trace an outline around the template with the pencil.

  • Place strips of painters tape along the edges of the outline. Drill a hole through the countertop in each corner of the outline with the power drill.

  • Insert the blade of the jigsaw into one of the holes you cut in Step 5. Cut around the outline to create the hole for the cutting board. Remove the burnt piece of countertop and set it aside.

  • Remove the painters tape and place the base of the cutting board into the hole. Secure the base of the cutting board to the countertop by tightening the brackets underneath the countertop, using the screwdriver.

Tips & Warnings

  • Painters tape will prevent the countertop from having jagged edges when cutting the hole for the cutting board.
  • Reference 2 recommends a Surface Saver inset cutting board, which comes with directions for using the template supplied with the cutting board.

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