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Building a Wall-Mounted Kitchen Counter

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building a wall-mounted kitchen counter.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

measuring tape
pencil
straightedge
carpenter's square
sandpaper
level
2-1/2" and 3" wood screws
self-drilling anchors or toggle bolts (optional)
power drill with wood bit
circular saw
hammer
finish nails (optional)
screwdriver
stud finder
4x8 sheet of 3/4" MDF plywood (1 sheet)
paint or stain
brush
prefinished bamboo flooring (1 box)
1" premade molding or bamboo trim

Step 3: Plan for the Counter

Free up floor space in your kitchen with a wall-mounted counter.

Start by customizing the counter to fit the wall and floor.

Tip: 18" to 20" depth will allow room for eating and working. Counter should be 2" to 3" deeper than shelf brackets.

Step 4: Cut and Finish the Counter

Make counter a rectangle, triangle or half moon.

With circular saw, cut base out of MDF plywood. Use a carpenter's square to square the corners, if necessary.

Paint or stain bottom of base.

Spread the top of base with construction adhesive, and cover the top with prefinished bamboo flooring.

Glue or nail 1" premade molding or precut bamboo trim to sides.

Step 5: Mount the Brackets

Locate studs in wall. Using 3" screws, mount premade metal brackets to wall studs.

Tip: If studs are not in convenient places, anchor screws with self-drilling anchors or toggle bolts.

Brackets should be no more than 32" apart. Use a level to make sure the brackets are perpendicular and level.

Step 6: Secure the Counter to the Wall

Place counter on brackets and, from underneath, mark screw holes.

Pre-drill holes from underside.

Tip: Use screw guide to keep from penetrating upper surface.

From underneath, screw counter to brackets.

To make brackets 'invisible,' paint them the color of the wall.

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