10:52AM | 03/28/05
Member Since: 05/12/03
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I will be starting on a kitchen remodel this week. Silestone has informed me that there will be a three week delay between the cabinet installation and countertop installation.

In the meantime, I would like a temporary surface on at least part of the kitchen. My cooking tends more towards "nuke it or boil it", but I will also need a work area while I strip the wallpaper and prepare the drywall for paint and tile.

I'm thinking I could tack down some plywood for the work surface, and maybe could even hook up the sink (and maybe the cooktop?). Any suggestions or reference material for this sort of work? How can I tack down a surface without noticable damaging the cabinets?



11:40AM | 03/28/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Wow does this bring back memories (re-did the kitchen last year). The time we were without stove and sink was probably about 2-3 weeks.

My opinion: 3 weeks goes by quickly, so try to make do without the cooktop or sink. We used a 'bar sink' in another room, and had prepared a good deal of food for the freezer in advance. We had a "hot plate" handy and only ended up needing it a couple of times. We were able to make coffee, use the microwave, boil water, make sandwiches; stuff like that. We actually had some good meals. Plus I think we ate out a time or two. And yes, I did have a temporary plywood surface down for a while. It was just placed there; I don't think I attached it at all.

Good luck with your remodel!


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12:59PM | 03/28/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Not sure how many watts the hot plate needed. It's kind of a lot (but we never tripped a breaker with ours--but we only used it a couple of times. It's not my favorite appliance, that's for sure.

It's not exactly haute cuisine--but don't forget you can always boil water in the microwave.


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