Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Renovation | 0 comments

I decided to remove my old tile countertop with drop in sinks are replace it with a granite countertop with under mount sinks.  I love to buy things off craigslist and have a program that notifies me when something I am looking for becomes available.  I found an amazing deal on a piece of 2cm granite with finished edges and two under mount sinks for $100.  I couldn’t pass up this deal  so I bought it and it sat in my garage for ten weeks, but now I’m ready to install it in my guest bathroom.
Counter Before

Here is my bathroom before.  Simple white tile dates the house and it needs to have a new look. First step is to makes sure all your water lines are turned to the off position.  The lines coming from the wall at the wall will have a switch or valve to turn them off.  Check to see if they are off by turning on the faucet.
Under sink

Next you will need to unscrew the water lines from the faucet.  This is usually a little uncomfortable as you lie on your back and have to reach up with an adjustable wrench to loosen the bolts that hold the water lines connected to the faucet.  Be prepared for some water to come spilling out since the water lines still have standing water in them. You will need to unscrew the cap that holds the drain / sink flange  in place.  This is the black pipe that enters the white pipe in the picture above.   After you have unscrewed the two lines  you will need to remove the caps that hold the faucet tight to the contertop.  My caps were black, see image below.


After you have taken off the caps remove the faucet from sink.  I had to remove my backsplash in order to be able to lift the countertop out of position.  I used a hammer and pry-bar as the tile pieces were just glued on to the wall.

Backsplash removal

Backsplash removal

It’s OK that some of the paper from the drywall was removed when removing the tile backsplash. We will be gluing the new backsplash over this area.  The picture below shows the countertop removed, but before trying to lift off the heavy countertop you need to check underneath to see if there are any screws that hold it in place.  In the picture below you can see the triangle braces at each cabinet corner.  Each one of these had a screw that I had to unfasten before I was able to remove the countertop.

Cabinets without counter

My countertop was heavy and thankful my wonderful wife was willing to help me move it out into the garage.

Cabinet Glue

I had to re-glue  one of my under-mount sinks to the granite and the guys at the big box store recommended this adhesive, so I decided to also use this same adhesive to glue my granite countertop to my cabinets.

Cabinet glue

I let the granite glue over night and placed some heavy boxes on top of it to help in the process. I also used a few clamps on the front side to make sure the glue had a chance to bond.

New counter gluing

After the countertop had finished gluing it was time to reinstall my sink flange and my drain.  Use a line of plumbing putty around your sink flange, this will help create a water tight seal.
plumbers putty and sink flange

We looked around for some glass mosaic tile backsplashes.  We first went to and visited their store on Fillmore but didn’t find what we were looking for.  At lowes we were expecting to pay more but then found these amazing glass bamboo style mosaics for $5/sqf.

glass tile backsplash

I love the flexibility of mosaics as the mesh can be cut with scissors or utility knife and you can put up a backsplash without the need of a tile saw.  Again I used the same adhesive and glued these glass mosaics to the wall.

granite counter and backsplash

I still have to grout the backsplash but all in all am very happy with the results.  Total time so far for the project = 4 hours.