Often the counter doesn’t have to be replaced to look wonderful. If your counter isn’t damaged or worn out, perhaps it just needs a good cleaning and some décor to update it for show time. Consider the look you have and the look you want, perhaps you can combine the two and update simply with edges, or a background of wallpaper boarder? Hiring a carpenter to replace your counter can cost as much as $200.00 per running foot or more depending on the materials. If you opt to re-edge your counter, the neighborhood handyman may do it for a few pennies on the dollar in comparison. Consider purchasing a miter saw and doing it yourself if you’re handy with wood.Here are some tips for knowing when to update a kitchen counter.
A glue gun will reattach torn off pieces of Formica. Sand paper works a miracle on corning counter tops. A little bleach on a cloth will take out most stains. Consider adding a built in chopping block beside the stove where your mother-in-law burned a hole in the counter.
Backing the counter with a nice vinyl wallpaper boarder offers multiple options for the background look of your counter. Install a metal or cork surround if the price is right. Consider painting the area and using a sponged overlay of waterproof glaze to finish the back wash off with color. Stenciling can be finished off with a clear coat of waterproof paint.
For show, display matching canisters and a large platter with a few ornamental dishes. The appearance of your kitchen during show time should resemble a cozy corner for tea. Perhaps a tea kettle on the stove and a kitchen table set for tea with a three tier tray of cookies? This is a room where your buyer will be spending a great deal of time, make it appear comfortable and inviting. Don’t hesitate to add a throw pillow to the window seat, or light a candle on the counter, if that’s how you would live, your buyer might want to live that way too.