By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
Do It Yourself or Not?
9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
A countertop is a dominant surface in a bathroom, so replacing an ugly duckling laminate vanity top with a new, high-style granite stone one will be a dramatic improvement. They come in a host of trendy shades to match any decor, and they offer a durable surface that is resilient and resistant to everyday use.
You'll find a range of stone vanity tops sold at home centers and kitchen and bath design centers. A carpenter will remove the old countertop and replace it with a new 61-inch wide granite top for $443, which includes the material and labor. If you have carpentry experience, you can do the job for $300 and save 32 percent. The granite top is sold in two parts, a slab counter and separate bowl that you glue to the underside of the top before fastening it to the vanity base. The top also comes with a separate 4-inch back splash. A side splash is also available, but it's sold separately. The countertop comes predrilled with three holes for the faucet. If you plan to replace the existing faucet, add more time and money.
To find more DIY project costs, and to post comments and questions, visit http://www.diyornot.com and http://www.m.diyornot.com on smartphones.
Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$443 -- $300 -- 4.1 -- 5.0 -- $143 -- 32 Percent
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