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Easiest DIY Plywood Countertop

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Want to add a plywood counter top to your home? Plywood countertops are growing in popularity for many reasons. Plywood is extremely durable – even after getting wet. Plywood countertops are budget-friendly and a great way to bring interesting wood tones into your space.

You might remember that we are making over our Laundry Room as part of the One Room Challenge (here’s our design plan).

I am trying to bring a lot of the “natural” feel to this space – and to me that means a nice light colored natural wood and woven baskets.

We researched plywood countertop ideas and decided to add a DIY plywood counter top for folding clothes over the washer and dryer.

Plywood would have the perfect natural effect we wanted. I didn’t stain it or even cover up the layered edges – I really wanted to embrace that natural look.

Catch up with our Laundry Room Makeover!

Design plan

Painting & scraping

Oversized pegboard shelving 

DIY plywood countertop

Hanging and painting a reclaimed cabinet

Hang a peel & stick tile wall

Basket wall hangings

DIY Metal Storage Bins

DIY Basket Pendant Light

Laundry Room Reveal

Speaking of the machines, I wanted to talk a little bit about front loading washers.

We bought these machines when we bought the house in July and there was a lot of controversy over front loading washers – they have a tendency to get a little stinky.

We always keep the door at least slightly ajar (when not in use) and in a year have had zero issues with stink.

I really wanted front loaders for this purpose – so I could put on one continuous counter top for folding – and because I hate diving headfirst into a washer trying to get the last sock out of the bottom.

It’s all personal preferences.

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DIY Plywood Countertop

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What you need:

  • 1 sheet of 4’x8′ 3/4″ plywood (you can use any kind)
  • Drill & screws
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Sealant of choice + a brush to apply it
  • Sandpaper or sander

What you do: 

The first thing we did was cut the board to the length of our space.

Then we cut the board in half to make two pieces that were 24 inches wide.

Using the scrap excess piece that we cut off to get it down to 24″ wide, we cut thin strips and attached them to the studs in the wall on the left and right for the counter to rest on.

Measurements will vary depending on your space. If you’re looking at this post for plywood countertop ideas, make sure you measure.

Know the width and length that you want for your counter top, and you will need to cut 2 pieces of plywood to that size.

Scrap pieces can be used for supports. 

DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted

Next, we set one of the pieces on the two supports above the counter and covered it in Gorilla Glue’s wood glue.

Get it around the edges – you can wipe up any spillage with a paper towel.

DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted

Then we set the other piece on top, lined it up perfectly on the front edge, then clamped it together for 24 hours.

This is when you want to wipe up any drips – before it dries.

DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted

Add a shelf to cover the gap

We also created a little shelf that could cover up the water connections and the electrical outlet.

For this, we used a scrap piece of plywood that we had cut off from a sheet we used when we cut the shelves for the pegboard shelving we put up first.

We cut it to the length of the space, then cut it in half. It ended up being six inches high and six inches deep.

DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted

We applied 5 coats of sealant, sanding in between for a smooth finish.

DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted

For now, the DIY plywood countertop isn’t screwed into place and doesn’t seem like it needs to be.

It is just sitting on the supports and the weight of the shelf holds down the back.

Since it’s pretty heavy plywood anyways, you really have to push down hard on the very front edge for it to move.

It would be easy to drive a screw straight down into each support to secure it permanently.

For now, we’re actually glad we could remove it because of the next step in our makeover… tiling!

DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted

What is left? The main thing is the tile feature wall, which you got a sneak peek of on our Instagram story this weekend!

Also, I need to finish making the metal bins, hanging wall decor, accessorizing, and the overhead light. Plenty!

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If you are wondering if you can use a plywood countertop, check out this post where we discuss treating them for food safe or water safe use. 

ORC: Laundry Room Makeover Reveal via Charleston Crafted

Click here to see the reveal of our laundry room makeover!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use plywood as a countertop?

Yes, plywood makes a great countertop option and is really growing to be a popular style.

Plywood is extremely durable – even after getting wet. It is also relatively inexpensive.

Adding a wood countertop is a great way to bring warmth and texture into your space!

What adhesive do you use for plywood countertops?

We used Gorilla Glue wood glue to adhere our plywood.

What sealant do you use for the plywood countertops?

You can use any kind of sealant. I like using polyurethane!

How much do plywood countertops cost?

Plywood countertops are very inexpensive! The main cost will be the plywood, which varies based off of store and species and size of your counters.

If you want them to be near food, they need to be sealed with something food safe like cutting board oil.

What size plywood do you use for countertops?

Be sure to read this post about what size plywood you should use to make your plywood counter tops.

how to make plywood counters
Yield: 1 countertop

How to make plywood countertops

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $50-100

It is so easy to make DIY plywood countertops! Here is how we made the plywood counter in our laundry room.

Materials

  • 1 sheet of 4’x8′ 3/4″ plywood (you can use any kind)
  • Wood glue
  • Sealant of choice + a brush to apply it

Tools

  • Sandpaper or sander
  • Clamps
  • Drill & screws
  • Saw

Instructions

  1. Cut the board to the length of your space DIY Plywood Concrete Modern Desk - Charleston Crafted
  2. Cut that board in half so you have 2 identical pieces. Our board went from 48" wide to 2 24" wide pieces. DIY Plywood Concrete Modern Desk - Charleston Crafted
  3. Use scrap plywood to cut 2" wide strips. DIY Plywood Concrete Modern Desk - Charleston Crafted
  4. Screw the strips into the wall on the sides and back to create a place for the counter top to rest. DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted
  5. Set one piece of plywood on the supports. Check to be sure it is level. Top the plywood with wood glue. DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted
  6. Set the second piece on top, being sure it lines up perfectly. Clamp. DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted
  7. You can seal or paint once dry. We left ours natural. DIY Plywood Countertop via Charleston Crafted

Notes

Measurements will vary depending on your space. If you’re looking at this post for plywood countertop ideas, make sure you measure. Know the width and length that you want for your counter top, and you will need to cut 2 pieces of plywood to that size. Scrap pieces can be used for supports. 

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