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How to Lay a Soapstone Countertop (page 3 of 3)

DIY Network's expert stone masons transform an unfinished kitchen into an elegant country kitchen with soapstone countertops and backsplashes.

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Step 7: Install the Faucet

If you have a faucet to install into the soapstone, measure carefully for the hole or holes that need to be cut. There may be variations in installation procedures, depending on the brand and model of faucet you select. It's important to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions that come with the faucet you've chosen.

Sand the seams on the faucet deck with a random orbit sander (Image 1), which prevents making a circular impression on the stone. Hook the sander up to a vacuum. Sanding the seams helps to hide them.

Once you've decided on the location of the faucet, dry fit it and make sure you like its position and that it functions well. Drill a circular hole with a regular hole saw. Install the faucet and connect it to the plumbing.

sand seams on faucet deck

Step 8: File and Sand the Edges

File the edges of the countertop as you did with the island. Use a fine-cut file and 80-grit sandpaper. If you think it needs more sanding to eliminate file marks, use a finer grit sandpaper and sand away.

Step 9: Install the Backsplash

To add a backsplash against the wall around the perimeter of the counter, make sure the height matches the molding that is already in place. In this project the masons added a large piece directly behind the sink that reaches the window ledge (Image 1).

Measure and cut the pieces for the backsplash. Dry set them to make sure they fit.

Tape the seams and butter the edges with epoxy. Add adhesive caulk to the wall and the bottom edge. Use a wet rag to smooth the caulking line (Image 2).

Step 10: Apply the Finishing Oils

With all the pieces of soapstone glued and sanded, the final step is to treat the surface of the stone with mineral oil. Pour the oil on the countertops and spread it with a rag.

You don't need to work it in. When the exposed areas are covered, turning from light gray to black, come back with a dry cloth and wipe off the excess oil. The oil protects the surface and helps prevent spills from staining.

You are now ready to enjoy your soapstone kitchen.

treat surface of stone with mineral oil
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