Kitchen Countertop Installation: Start to Finish

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Recently we remodeled a dated kitchen in an investment property we purchased in Las Vegas. The kitchen was a complete makeover, it included removal of the old wallpaper, light fixtures, flooring, and oak cabinets. In their place are smooth textured walls, new shaker style cabinets, a contemporary geometric backsplash, new appliances, and Caesarstone countertops in Pure White.

If you have a general contractor supervising your kitchen remodel, they can handle the details of your countertop installation, but if you're making decisions for your own kitchen remodel like we were, there are several steps to the Caesarstone installation process.

First, ensure all cabinets are level, it's best to rely on a professional for cabinet installation since floors are not often straight, especially in older homes. An experienced installer has many tricks for shimming the cabinets to ensure they level so that the countertops are too.

Research a reliable fabricator, one that has experience with quartz. Gather bids and select the fabricator that will install the countertops properly and to your specifications. The first step is surface preparation, a fabricator will create a template with plywood to bring back to their shop to cut the quartz slabs for your kitchen. (The plywood may or may not be installed under your Caesarstone depending on the thickness of the slab and edge style you've chosen).

Go over all details with your fabricator, including the appliance specs, the edge detail you want (square, ogee, etc.), and cover all additional details like a waterfall edge. We contemplated one in this kitchen but decided against it given the angle of the peninsula and the fact that the waterfall edge would only have dropped down on one side only. We opted instead for a more transitional style and later framed the side of the cabinet to enclose it and for a cleaner edge.

Your fabricator will go over all the details with you in preparation of installation, in this kitchen we chose an undermount sink, the fabricator needed the template that comes with the sink for precision, and the sink had to be installed before the countertop went in.

On installation day the crew showed up with all the slabs and installed them so that they fit the countertops and sat perfectly against the back walls.

The quartz slabs were secured with adhesive, then all seams were caulked for a flawless edge on the back wall. We also installed the same Pure White in the adjacent breakfast nook where the lower cabinet creates a smaller countertop space for small appliances.

We're loving our Caesarstone countertops in Pure White, beautiful to look at, easy to clean, and the perfect surface for this space.

For more information and additional sources from this kitchen remodel, stop my blog Centsational Girl!

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Kate Riley is the writer behind the popular home improvement and decorating blog Centsational Girl. She lives in the California Wine Country with her family where she writes about home renovation and shares style solutions on the topic of interior design