Ceramics attracts the favor of many when it comes time to choose a counter top. Its antibacterial property and its easy maintenance make it a practice that matters most in the kitchen. To ensure that these benefits remain real, the use of epoxy grout is required. Step by step, learn to make yourself a ceramic counter.

In the following steps, an under layer is laid on the plywood before the installation of the ceramic. Many owners will tell you it is not required to comply with this precaution. However, experts recommend the use of such a membrane, which increases the adhesion of the tiles while enhancing stability and impermeability of the surface.

Step 1

Using a foam roller, apply primer (supplied by the manufacturer of the under layment) on the plywood. Allow to dry.

Step 2

Unroll the underlay on the counter and cut it roughly in the following approximate forms of the counter. To do this, use a utility knife. Remove the wax paper under the membrane and paste it onto the plywood.


Step 3

With a utility knife, cut off the excess membrane so that it fits perfectly on the counter forms. Make the necessary cuts around the holes in the sink and faucet.

Step 4

Place the sink in the hole provided for this purpose. Draw-in the contours of the sub-layer to determine the precise boundaries of the ceramic.

Step 5

Lay the tile on the counter chosen by trying several provisions. Consider space for joints, prefer symmetrical positions and try to reduce losses by minimizing cuts. Then trim the tiles with the required cutting tool of your choice, depending on the layout chosen.

Step 6

Spread a layer of mortar by using the smooth side of the trowel. This first layer will penetrate into the pores of the membrane and will harden.

Step 7

Without delay, apply a second layer of mortar on the first, this time using the notched side of trowel.

Step 8

Begin the installation by installing the first full tiles, respecting the previously established pattern. Be sure to create joints equal. Fill the surface by installing the tiles cut in step 5. Let dry according to the time prescribed by the manufacturer.

Step 9

Conceal the edges of the counter by attaching a molding cut to size. Hold it in place with finishing nails 1 inch.

Step 10

For the purposes of epoxy grout, it is advisable to work in teams. While one person makes the grout into the joints, the other uses the aplanissoir to extend. Take small sections so that the grout has not time to dry.

Step 11

Without delay, remove excess grout with a sponge to epoxy. Rinse often and try to clean the tile before the grout hardens. Let dry according to the time prescribed by the manufacturer before using the counter.