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How To: Clean and Maintain Butcher Block
Butcher block counters are a perennial favorite in the kitchen, though many homeowners worry about the care and maint...
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8 Countertops You'd Never Believe Were Handmade
Don’t live with countertops you hate. Even without the money, time, or motivation for a full-on kitchen renovation, there are several DIY ways to do-over your cou...
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Bob Vila Radio: Clearing the Counters
Over time, kitchen countertops can get cluttered with junk, which not only makes the kitchen look sloppy but also dis...
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How To: Clean Granite Countertops
In many people's minds, granite means strength and resilience. But to clean granite countertops successfully, a homeo...
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How To: Clean Marble
Unquestionably, marble ranks among the most luxurious and beautiful countertop and flooring materials. Equally beyond...
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How To: Laminate Kitchen Countertops
I've got some tips for you on how to laminate countertops in your kitchen. Roll on contact cement and allow it to set...
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How To: Make Concrete Countertops
The brute strength of concrete has made it the go-to building material for a variety of such outdoor installations as...
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12 Unique Designs for DIY Kitchen Islands
Are you looking for more storage or workspace in your kitchen but are reluctant to splurge on a custom kitchen island? Here are 12 creative islands that sprang up...
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How To: Make a Mosaic Countertop
Here's a unique way to use ceramic tile for a very unusual countertop. Just break up the tiles into random pieces, us...
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Quick Tip: Butcher Block
A butcher block table can help make your kitchen much more efficient. Built to take a beating, butcher block doubles ...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Countertops
Kitchen makeovers are among the most popular of home improvements. They can be costly—a mid-range minor kitchen remod...
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One-of-a-Kind Countertops: 6 Ways to Make Yours Unique
Make sure your kitchen stands out from the crowd with one of these customized countertop treatments.
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Sealing Our Granite Countertops
We have two different countertop materials in our kitchen. The island is topped with walnut and the perimeter countertop...
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Weekend Projects: Kitchen Countertops the DIY Way
No matter where you live, a Chicago apartment or a rural Montana ranch, kitchen counters see a great deal of wear and...
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Buyer's Guide: Laminate Countertops
When you’re remodeling a kitchen on a budget, laminate is the best affordable option for countertops. Nowadays this t...
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Buyer's Guide: Engineered Stone Countertops
Many Americans nowadays care about making eco-friendly choices. And when it comes to countertops, engineered stone is...
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Countertop Care 101
Perhaps never before have there been so many enticing countertop options to fit every budget, décor, and culinary nee...
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Buyer's Guide: Granite Countertops
Granite. It’s the most popular natural countertop surface for kitchens and baths in America. And for good reason—it’s...
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Counter Intelligence: Choosing the Right Countertop
Countertops pull double duty as a visual design element and a hardworking surface. Cost depends on materials, with pr...
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Kitchen Countertops 101
Consumers have a great deal of choice when it comes to kitchen countertops. There are options available from moderate...
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Countertop Types
When it comes to countertop types, there are both natural and manmade surface options choices available. The principa...
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Zone Your Kitchen Countertops
Busy lifestyles mean that many families are solution-driven. The key to contemporary design is to find a way to do it...
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Personalize Your Kitchen Countertops
There’s been a change in consumer attitude, marked by people following their own style sense, rather than the trends....
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Formica Goes Retro Upon Turning 100
Formica, the colorful laminate used in American homes for generations, turns 100 this year. It was back in 1913 that ...
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Trending Now: Laminate Countertops
With the past decade’s countertop trend leaning heavily on granite and solid surface materials, many have forgotten about the economical and DIY- friendly laminat...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Islands
In their quest for more storage, work surfaces, and style, more and more kitchen remodelers are living the island lif...
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12 Top Names in Engineered Stone
When deciding between brands with many of the same benefits, the choice comes down to the finer details.
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12 Outstanding Kitchen Island Options
The best ideas in storage, stove tops, and seating are bound to serve you a little kitchen island inspiration.
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Luxuriating on Kitchen Islands
Cursed with a galley kitchen like most apartment dwellers, I dream of the day I’ll upgrade to a space big enough for ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Butcher Blocks
The original butcher blockers were literally blocks up to sixteen inches thick: hard rock maple pieces were often dov...
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12 Wow-Worthy Woods for Kitchen Countertops
We've narrowed down the options to include some of the very best wood types for a kitchen countertop, whether you're interested in a functional butcher block or a...
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Buyer's Guide: Wood Countertops
When it comes to naturally beautiful countertops, it’s hard to beat the warmth and character of wood. Before you opt ...
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Top Tips for Keeping Countertops Like New
Maintaining your countertops may require more than a simple cleaning. Here are top tips for maintaining every material.
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Bob Vila Radio: Countertop Options
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Kitchen Countertops: 10 Popular Options Today
The choices are many, but which kitchen countertop is the best for you? Find out here.
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DIY Kitchen Countertop Transformation
At one time or another most of us have considered remodeling the kitchen. It’s the one room in the house that sees th...
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Laminate Countertop Renewal
Our laminate countertop looked fine, but the protective coating was pretty much gone. Coffee, tea, wine, juice, sauce...
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Installing a Soapstone Kitchen Counter
Bob discusses installation and care of the new kitchen soapstone countertop and tours the kitchen, showing the cabinetry, storage, future mudroom, and small offic...
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Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
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Building a Template for a Kitchen Countertop
Scott Lawyer makes a template for a Corian kitchen countertop and installs the sink section, Andrea Johnson discuss Corian colors.
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Marble Kitchen Countertop Installation
Bob consults with the project's stone and tile specialist, who explains the process of attaching the Pietra Cardosa countertops to the Cherry Craftline island cab...
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Touring a Pierce Allen-Designed Apartment
Bob and interior decorator DD Allen visit a Miami apartment designed by Pierce Allen.
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Installing Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Bob looks on as workers instal a solid-surface countertop called Zodiaq (from Dupont), which is made of natural silica, quartz, and polymer.
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Manufacturing Marble Kitchen Countertops
Evan Zgonis of Olympia Marble and Granite gives Bob a tour of the facility where the kitchen countertops being used in the modern Colonial house are manufactured.
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Installing Marble Kitchen Countertops
Evan Zgonis and the crew form Olympia Marble and Granite are installing the marble countertops in the kitchen.
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Installing Plumbing Loop and Fixtures for Multiple-Head Shower
Bob tours the master bath with an eye towards the luxury appointments, including the double vanity fixtures, granite countertop, and Wellborn cabinets.
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Fitting Custom Countertops
John Spellman of Cape Cod Counter Works shows Bob the installation of the shop-made laminate counters in one of the Mashpee, Massachusetts, homes.
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Reviewing the Kitchen and Layout of the Ranch-Style Home
Bob meets plumber Charlie Delvecchio of Cape Plumbing at the ranch-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
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Discussing Silestone Countertops and Countertop Templating
Dick Deshant (from Counter Intelligence) tells Bob about the new Silestone countertops. And while Brece Rupolt (from Northern Marble & Granite) demonstrates the t...
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Tour of the Home's Exterior, Lighting Design, and Completed Kitchen
Bob tours the exterior of the completed Victorian restoration project house, remarking on the color scheme, breezeway, and artist's studio. Inside the house, Bob ...
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Corian Kitchen Countertop Installation and Energy Star Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley meets Steve Wilkinson in the kitchen to install the Corian countertops, and Bob talks with Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Energy La...
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Marble Countertop Installation
Bob checks in with Greg Rockland, the plumber installing a marble countertop in the loft conversion unit.
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Fabricating Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops
Bob visits a stainless steel fabrication shop to see how the kitchen counters for the loft project unit are made.
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Installing the Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops
Bob observes Bob Watts weld together the stainless steel kitchen countertops on-site.
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Butcher Block Installation and Care
Bob meets with Joel Scanlon, who installs legs on a butcher block top and explains how to care for the wood surface.
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Installing a Granite Countertop and Kitchen Cabinets
Bob talks with contractors Jim Azerroe and Mike Burk. Jim is installing a granite kitchen countertop, while Mike puts in the new cabinets and drawers.
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Installing High-Gloss Laminate Cabinets and Surell Countertops
Cabinetry and countertops are brought in for this attic conversion project, and fiber-optic lighting is installed.
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Surell Counterop Construction
Bob meets with Rich Rogers, who explains the fabricating techniques for Surell, a solid-surface material manufactured by the Formica.
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Steel Kitchen Table
Bob meets with contractor Ed Weller, who explains how the steel-framed kitchen table will support a surface of Surell, and also how the table will be mounted.
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Installing a Wood Kitchen Countertop
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton install a counter around a new apron-front Kohler sink.
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Butcher Block Countertop and Crackle Painting
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install a butcher block countertop in the kitchen, and decorator Robyn Peterson shows Bob how to create a "crackle" finish.
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Cutting the Granite Countertop
Bob watches as David Ingram (of Aldrich Stone) cuts a granite countertop with a cook-top cutout.
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Progress in the Kitchen
Work continues in the kitchen with the resurfacing of old counters. Tips on using contact cement are imparted.
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Shopping Online for Kitchen Countertops
Pablo Contreras (from e-counters.com) joins Bob to explain how shopping, ordering, and installation of all types of custom counters happen through their internet ...
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Sink and Faucet Installation
Frank Lowry of FJ Lowry Plumbing and Heating installs the a Franke tri-flow Corinthian faucet, now that the countertop and sink are in place.
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