Hi all, we have Kodiak 240BHSL. We've had it for 3 years and and are currently traveling full time for one year in it. The bathroom countertop has taken a beating from us not wiping water etc off it and the laminate is starting to peel. It's not a very big top of course and the wife was talking about putting in a granite (or something like) countertop.
Now I can work on mechanical things all day. Cars, electrical, etc but carpentry is not something I ever do so taking on this myself makes me a bit nervous. Where do I start? I know home depot does these type of counter tops but would they cut one for such a small job? Also, do I have to remove the existing one and bring it in leaving the bathroom sink inoperable for a few days? Also what would be an approximate cost? Just looking for some step by step guidance for you "Bob Vila's" out there.
I would first attempt to glue and clamp or use weights to repair the existing laminate.
If that's not an option, then you'll need to get the existing top off and that may be impossible without removing the entire cabinet.
If you aren't a carpenter then I suggest you at least solicit the advice of one or consider just letting someone else perform the work.
I WOULD not use granite. It is on the heavy side and semi-fragile if it gets struck the wrong way. It should not be a problem to have one made to fit. Rather than HD and Lowes I would look for a small independent type cabinet shop and get them to quote it. Corian or a similar solid surface would be my first choice. Then a high pressure post form laminate for a second choice. Third choice would be the old style formica with formica edge. If it is done right it is actually pretty water proof.
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Quartz would work perfectly for your vanity top, I do renovations full time and I deal with a few countertop shops, any stone shop near you will have thousands of small pieces left over from other jobs and for $100 will most likely cut and polish a piece to your specs, installing it is as easy as removing the existing countertop and sink faucet etc and then using a bead of silicone to secure the new piece, once the silicone is dry, re install the sink and faucet and your good to go.