Good interior design and renovation need not be expensive
In the last post, we spoke about why we chose to use a paper composite for our kitchen countertop. Here, we show you how it was done:
First, the installation team came to make exact measurements and build a frame/mould by which the final product will be cut accordingly.
After about an hour, our final frame looks like this:
They are just a few pieces of thin plywood stapled together. Our countertop will be cut based on this frame, so it’s crucial that the installation team makes it as precise as possible, especially the rounded corners.
My carpenter has put a layer of hard plywood as a cap on top of our cabinets, so the installation team’s work is made easier during this stage. All they need to do is to put lots of glue (MaxBond) on the plywood, then lay the paper countertop on top of it.
They also laid lots of silicon as a form of water proofing around the sink, kitchen tap and our ceramic hob.
Now the team just needs to lay the top on the plywood. There is a joint where the horizontal piece meets the vertical piece on our L-shaped countertop, but as you can see below, the joint is very smooth, hardly visible, I would say. This meant that water seepage through the joint is greatly reduced, and of course it is aesthetically more pleasing, compared to say quartz or solid surface countertops.
And then it’s done! This is what our kitchen looks like, after about a month of usage.
VERDICT: We absolutely adore our kitchen top, well at least me. Our kids abuse it every chance they got, but our paper top has held up well. The concrete-like grains helped us achieve the industrial look that we want. And it’s been so easy to maintain, any man will marry her if she was a human!
If you also own a paper composite countertop, tell us about your experience!