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DIY stainless steel countertop: Linn installs a $3,000 countertop for $400

DIY stainless steel countertopOver at her blog The Home Project, reader Linn and her husband continue to chronicle the remodel of their adorable bungalow kitchen. Recently, they rolled up their sleeves and installed a stainless steel countertop right over the old, existing laminate countertops. The headline: When first considering the stainless steel countertop option, Linn contacted a big box hardware store and was quoted $150/s.f. for the steel countertop, including installation included. Her countertop is pretty small — just 20 s.f. Even so, that would have added up to a hefty $3,000 kitchen countertop. Researching more options, Linn found a local steel fabrication company that would cut and bend 20 gauge stainless steel to Linn’s exact template — for $400 total.

BE AWARE UPDATE: A reader commented that his contractor would not install a stainless steel countertop in his kitchen — the contractor said that the building code would not permit this metal countertop in residential uses. I am not an expert. Consult with your own properly licensed professional(s) to assess this issue so you can make your own informed decisions.

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That is a serious price difference, to put it mildly. So, Linn and her husband figured out how to do the job.. In fact, they make it look pretty in the click here –-> step-by-step tutorial on how to measure, prepare for, and install a stainless steel countertop. Nicely done, Linn — you two have mad skills, and the countertop really turned out beautifully. Your little bungalow kitchen, and your little (974 s.f.) jewel box house: simply lovely.

  1. pam kueber says:

    Another blog gone bye bye… it’s very difficult to keep one up — come here if you need a daily fix, we are into our 7th year and going strong!…

  2. AnnF says:

    FYI, when someone tells you that codes do not allow you to do what you want, check for yourself. We had a 2 plumbers from the same company tell us they could not fix our dripping tub faucet, and had to replace the whole setup with a new one because of an anti-scald law. It turns out that the law had not even been introduced yet, and even if it was, it would have only pertained to our house if we rented it out to someone. They were just trying to make a small job into a big one!

  3. pam kueber says:

    To check I think you can also call or go see your local building inspector / plumbing inspector / electrical inspector yourself. I live in a small town – I have done that.

  4. Fernando says:

    If you are in Dallas, Texas or near to the perfect place is Unique Stainless Designs, LLC

    259 Gilbert Cir, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
    (972) 254-8424

    They are doing it for us and the service is spectacular.

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