Hi all! I’ve been a member of this group for a minute but this is my first time seeking advice. We just purchased our first home (at 21 & 22 – hubs is handy but I’m trying to learn how to DIY as I never had much experience growing up) and I’m looking to build an at-home bar along an empty wall in our dining area. I’m planning on purchasing 2 of these lower cabinets from lowe’s, as well as a mini fridge from best buy. Altogether they measure about 83” long and 24” wide – I’d like to DIY the countertop and was thinking of trying to get my hands on a piece of wood and wrapping it in contact paper to match the countertops in our kitchen. This is my first time ever attempting anything like this and was looking for any advice regarding installation tips for a newbie, as well as suggestions on where (or if it’s even possible) to get a custom sized slab of wood for the countertop. Also was wondering if wood would even be the right way to go? Or if I should consider looking into a different material for this purpose or just hire someone. TIA!!
I have a similar plan for a built in media center in a closet. My plan is to make my own countertops out of wood planks, similar to butcher block.
Look at the installation instructions for that mini fridge before you buy your counter. It needs air circulation around the sides so you’ll have to add a couple inches to the measurements. If you want it to sit next to the cabinets, you’ll need to buy a built-in mini fridge.
What are your kitchen countertops made of? If its laminate for example, you might not be saving much money over buying a laminate countertop from Lowe’s or Home Depot and you won’t have as nice of a finish
You could go to one of the big box stores and get a piece of laminate that is made to cover wood so it looks like a kitchen counter top or you could just buy a piece of counter top.
For a first time project, I honestly suggest setting up the cabinets and the fridge, make sure you leave the space for air flow and to easily pull out the fridge for anything. Then get your measurements and either buy a ready made laminate counter or get wide boards. I have wide rough cut boards we got at a saw mill for shelves around my house. We also have others made from reclaimed floor boards (I don’t suggest that, they can need planning doing to get smooth to avoid giant painful splinters when cleaning), but you could get new flooring and cut the front tongue/groove off.