Kitchen Countertop Replacement and Refinishing

You expect a lot from your countertops. From cutting and food prep to cooking and serving it is the center of activity in the kitchen. For people who would like to update their kitchen, but have a limited budget, replacing the kitchen countertops can be a good middle ground. If done well it can greatly enhance the appearance of the kitchen.

A countertop replacement is a relatively painless process and can be completed with minimal disruption. A countertop can be removed in minutes, and, in many cases, new ones can be installed in a day. However, there are four essential things to consider during the process.

1. The Cost of Countertops

As with any home improvement project you will want to nail down a budget prior to starting the process. It will help you during the process if you have an idea of the type of countertop materials available and the cost for each of the materials. Make sure to factor in the countertop removal and installation costs as well.

2. Types of Countertops

Each type of countertop has its own advantages and disadvantages. You will want to familiarize yourself with each option and determine which is the best suited for your style and needs.

3. The Look and Feel with the Existing Cabinets and Kitchen Flooring

As you decide on the countertop and backsplash material, make sure the color and appearance fit well with your existing cabinets and flooring. The last thing you want to do is to replace your countertops and backsplash only to immediately regret your decision based on making a poor selection.

4. Consider the Big Picture

Make sure to consider the entire look and feel of the kitchen. In addition to the cabinets and flooring, make sure other items such as appliances and lighting will nicely complement the new countertops.

Cost for Countertop Replacement

The cost for a countertop replacement is largely dependent on the countertop materials and the number of square feet. Some other factors can impact the cost. These factors include removal of the existing countertops, removing and installing plumbing fixtures, polishing, or sealing of the countertops, and any necessary prep work for the cabinets.

While the cost may vary, the cost is usually between $25-$120 per square foot. This includes the cost of the materials and labor.

Countertop Refinishing

If you are on a very strict budget, an alternative to countertop replacement is countertop refinishing. Countertop refinishing is the process of fixing and restoring an existing kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity. This can help extend the life of the countertops without having to do a full replacement.

This option is usually significantly less expensive than countertop or vanity replacement and can usually save you 30-50% of the cost depending on the finish you select. Additionally, it can reduce much of the mess that comes with a full countertop replacement. Countertop refinishing can also be a good option if you aren’t planning to change your cabinets or make other significant kitchen remodeling improvements.

We understand that choosing a kitchen countertop can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why we created this resource entitled “Choosing a Countertop Made Easy”. Be sure to check it out prior to making any kitchen countertop decisions. It explains the pros and cons of each countertop option and provides some general guidance regarding pricing for each.

Need help deciding on a countertop replacement or a countertop refinish? The professionals at Modern Blu are available to help guide you through the process. Call us at 469-546-7636 or contact us online to schedule an appointment if you are in the Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville or Coppell areas.