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Laminate countertops provide easy kitchen update

Custom-made and do-it-yourself solutions

Countertops are a huge part of any kitchen, both as an efficient work surface and as an aesthetic statement. Plastic laminates, such as products from Formica, Wilsonart and other manufacturers, have been a popular selection of kitchen and bath counters for many years, combining good looks and easy maintenance with affordable pricing. Laminates can wear out over time, and certainly your tastes can change. So if you're thinking that it's time for a laminate counter makeover, you have a couple of options for how to proceed. CUSTOM-MADE TOPS The easiest solution to your outdated counters is to simply have some new ones made. You have two basic choices open to you here: pre-made, or made-in-place. Both have some advantages. A countertop shop creates pre-made counters for you. They will come out to your house and carefully measure your existing kitchen, and then create new tops in their shop. Depending on the size and layout of your kitchen, the tops may be a single piece, or they may be mad...