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DIY Plywood Countertop For Your Rental

In this post, Ella Hall, CEO of Stitchroom shares how she constructed a custom countertop in her Brooklyn rental using just plywood and some paint!

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Making a rental space “your own” can sometimes be challenging with limited ability to make major changes or drill into walls. It has always been extremely important to make my space my sanctuary, even more so now while we are all spending more time at home.

My two bedroom Brooklyn rental sits in a converted factory building with original beams and exposed ceilings. The character of the building is what attracted me to the space but the layout in the kitchen was a bit tricky. As always, NYC rentals typically lack storage space and “built-ins”. I took it upon myself to find an affordable solution to add additional seating to the kitchen by building a custom countertop. I had an existing island brought from my previous apartment that fits in between the wall and first column but I still had a couple square feet I wanted to extend the countertop to.

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The first step in creating my extension was to template the area in which the wood would sit. I used butcher paper to lay out the shape for the additional piece.

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I traced the finalized template onto ¾” plywood and cut it out using a jigsaw.

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I fit the cut plywood between the columns and secured the wood with several metal brackets attached to the columns.

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Finally, I finished up the extension with a fresh coat of paint to match the original island. I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s touch ultra cover semi-gloss black from my local hardware store.

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The finished look provided additional counter space and an extra seat!

There are always simple and affordable ways to maximize your space. I hope you can use my DIY journey as an inspiration for your own rental.

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Summary of Steps

  1. The first step in creating my extension was to template the area in which the wood would sit. I used butcher paper to lay out the shape for the additional piece.
  2. I traced the finalized template onto ¾” plywood and cut it out using a jigsaw.
  3. I fit the cut plywood between the columns and secured the wood with several metal brackets attached to the columns.
  4. Finally, I finished up the extension with a fresh coat of paint to match the original island. I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s touch ultra cover semi-gloss black from my local hardware store.