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How to Install a Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertop

Add a modern look to a kitchen island by installing a stainless steel countertop.

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Measure Island Base

Measure the length and width of the island base with a tape measure and add an extra 1-1/2-inch overhang around the entire perimeter. Have the countertop built to those measurements.

Place and Center Countertop

Place the custom countertop on top of the island base (Image 1), and center it using a tape measure or stick ruler (Image 2).

Stabilize Countertop

Stabilize the countertop by applying pressure on the top to prevent it from moving. If working with a partner, have him or her sit on the table.

Attach Table

Using 1-1/4-inch wood screws and a cordless screw gun, attach the table to the island using the cabinet braces in the island. The screw size may vary based on the depth of the countertop. Make sure the screw is no longer than the depth of the table so the screws don't pop through the top of the countertop. Repeat for all the braces in the cabinet.

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