If you’re looking for a high-end finish in your kitchen, granite countertops are the perfect choice. They’re glossy, robust and easy to clean – but they’re also expensive. So if you want the look without the price tag, how about making or installing them yourself?
There’s plenty of help online to help you tackle this project. We’ve found 17 DIY granite countertop plans to walk you through the process.
If you want beautiful granite countertops at a fraction of the price of buying them ready-made, step this way!
Table of Contents
- 1. DIY Granite Countertops
- 2. Make Your Own Countertop and Save 1,000s
- 3. How to Install Granite Countertops
- 4. How to Cut And Polish Granite Countertop DIY
- 5. How to Cut and Polish Granite on a Budget: Tile Coach Episode 11
- 6. How To Profile & Polish Granite Countertop DIY
- 7. Installing Granite Countertops
- 8. How to Install Granite Countertops on a Budget – Part 3
- 9. DIY Granite – Yup, I Tried It, and Survived!
- 10. How to Bullnose Profile Polish Granite Countertop DIY Using Diamond Profile Wheels
- 11. DIY Templating of Granite Worktops
- 12. Polishing Granite, the Basics
- 13. How We DIY’d Our Way to Real Granite Countertops!
- 14. Polish Granite (Adding Round Profile)
- 15. How to Cut Granite
- 16. Use Epoxy to Coat Existing Countertops to Make Them Look Like Real Stone
- 17. Granite Install Tips for Do It Yourselfers
- Ready to Make Your Own Granite Countertops?
1. DIY Granite Countertops
This is a brilliant guide for anyone looking for both a plan and an overview of what to expect. It talks you through the factors that will determine how difficult it is to install granite worktops in your kitchen. And it provides handy links for online suppliers, as well as separate guidance on topics like cleaning your worktops. You’ll get a list of all the tools and materials you’ll need too. Just note that there aren’t any photographs of the process with this plan.
2. Make Your Own Countertop and Save 1,000s
This video has Leah Bolden of See Jane Drill introducing Stone Coat Countertops, an inexpensive alternative to granite. It shows you how to mix and spread a thin coat of epoxy onto existing counters. You’ll see how to “chop out” the surface, so it’s even and fully mixed. Color is then added to the wet epoxy, and you can even add your own special effects. There’s link to where to find more details under the video. If you want the appearance of granite without the cost and weight, this is a brilliant option.
3. How to Install Granite Countertops
If you want solid granite, you can save a lot of money by installing the countertops yourself. This guide shows you how to do that, breaking down the process into just a few steps. There’s guidance on measuring and making a template, and choosing the length of our overhang. There’s also lots of helpful information on the different things to consider when choosing your granite slab. It’s well worth checking out to avoid costly mistakes.
4. How to Cut And Polish Granite Countertop DIY
The first thing to mention about this video is that it’s narrated by a strange electronic voice! But don’t let that put you off. Stick with it, and it will explain all the tools and equipment you need to cut and polish granite countertops. It then takes you through the process step by step, with useful tips to avoid cracks or chips. Check out the information below the video for links to buy the polishing pads used in the project.
5. How to Cut and Polish Granite on a Budget: Tile Coach Episode 11
This video from the Tile Coach shows how to cut and polish a granite worktop without expensive equipment. You’ll see what polishing pads to use at every stage. And you’ll be able to follow along as the Coach finishes cut outs for sinks and the worktop edges. There’s no list of tools, so you’ll have to take a look at the whole thing before you get started. That will, though, give you a chance to marvel at the Coach lifting an enormous worktop single-handed!
6. How To Profile & Polish Granite Countertop DIY
If you want to know how to get a great finish on your granite countertop, this could be the plan for you. The presenter from YouTube channel Diamond Tools shows you how to turn a rough granite slab into a finished countertop. The video starts with a helpful look at the PPE you’ll need to keep you safe while you work. It then takes you through all the tools required for the project. If you need to buy them, the information under the video includes a link to an online supplier. Finally, you’ll see how to profile the edge and polish the stone for a great finish.
7. Installing Granite Countertops
This guide by Larry Walton has lots of information on the properties of granite, and of granite-like materials. It also helps you to decide whether it will be cost-effective to cut your own countertops. And there’s useful guidance on what features in your kitchen might make installation trickier. There are plenty of photographs throughout, and lots of hints and tips for getting the best results. Links at the end will take you to some of the tools and equipment you’ll need.
8. How to Install Granite Countertops on a Budget – Part 3
This video is one in a series from YouTuber Jennie’s Garage taking you through every step of installing granite countertops. The first couple of parts show how to remove old countertops and choose and transport granite slabs. This part focuses on how to cut and fit the granite in your kitchen. You’ll also be able to watch the cut-out for the sink being made. There’s lots of guidance on the tools you’ll need, and how to get the best from them. And every step is shown in detail, making it easy to follow along.
9. DIY Granite – Yup, I Tried It, and Survived!
This forum post from website Houzz shares one person’s experience of installing granite worktops in their kitchen and bathroom. There aren’t any photographs, but there are lots of hard-learned lessons to benefit from. If you’re not sure whether you have the tools or expertise to succeed, this is a great post to review. You can find out all about the pitfalls to avoid, as well as the kinds of savings you could make.
10. How to Bullnose Profile Polish Granite Countertop DIY Using Diamond Profile Wheels
One of the trickiest parts of making granite countertops is profiling the edge. If you need some help, this is the perfect video. It shows you how to use a full bullnose 1.5-inch diamond profile wheel to create a smooth, safe contour. This is another video with a silly electronic voiceover. The good news is that you’ll only have to put up with it for a couple of minutes. The instructions are short and to-the-point, and there are lots of tips on working safely and effectively.
11. DIY Templating of Granite Worktops
If you want a detailed guide to templating your granite worktops, this is a great resource. It contains a list of the necessary equipment, and a valuable checklist for how to prepare. Helpful drawings show you where to place joints, with illustrations of both the right and wrong approach. Then there are step by step instructions on how to measure and prepare your templates. And at every stage, there’s practical guidance on how to get a professional result.
12. Polishing Granite, the Basics
In this video, Steven Raimundo shows how to polish granite using seven different polishing pads. Steven demonstrates how to hold and position the polisher for the best results. And you’ll be able to see how the countertop finish gradually improves at every stage. By the end of the five-minute video, the transformation is complete!
13. How We DIY’d Our Way to Real Granite Countertops!
This is a great blog post for anyone looking for inspiration to take the DIY route. There’s plenty of background information on the project, and a list of all the equipment required. Everything here is costed too, so you can see exactly what you’ll be spending – and saving. And there are lots of photos of the whole project as it proceeds.
14. Polish Granite (Adding Round Profile)
This video from Paul Ricalde shows you how to add a round profile to the edge of our countertops. Paul walks you through the features of each piece of equipment, explaining how it works. That will help you understand how to hold and position the grinder to get the results you want. You’ll also find out how to use different discs to refine the surface. After he’s taken you through the theory, Paul demonstrates how it’s done in practice.
15. How to Cut Granite
This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of cutting granite using a diamond-cut blade and circular saw. It begins with important warnings about safety and information on appropriate PPE. It then moves on to measuring and cutting. If you need guidance on making a template, though, you’ll need another plan to cover that part of the process.
16. Use Epoxy to Coat Existing Countertops to Make Them Look Like Real Stone
This is another great video for those looking for a granite appearance at a far lower price. This one uses the Leggari Stone Kit to produce a granite effect using epoxy resin. And because the body of the worktops are made of plywood, they’re lightweight and easy to maneuver. There’s a list of what the video shows with timings in the details underneath, so you can go straight to the section you need.
17. Granite Install Tips for Do It Yourselfers
This is a brilliant resource for troubleshooting any issues you run into with your project. It covers supporting and reinforcing the granite, and different techniques for hiding seams. If you have a large worktop, or a design with lots of angles, this will help get a clean finish. A couple of demonstration videos are included too, so you can see some of the techniques in action.
Ready to Make Your Own Granite Countertops?
If you love granite worktops, we hope these plans have given you the confidence to try the DIY route! You may need to use a number of them to cover different aspects of your project. Take your time and break the work up into smaller stages, and you’ll soon be on the path to success.
Good luck with your next project – and get ready to impress your friends with your new granite countertops!