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Insensitive to shock, heat and water, this metal credenza covers an old tiled floor. Easy to cut and install, it brings modernity to this kitchen.

realization of a credenza in aluminum-stainless steel

Necessary material

  • jigsaw and circular saws
  • aluminum bell and drill saw
  • drill
  • cartridge gun
  • sandwich panels 240 x 55 cm
  • silicone adhesive in cartridge

Difficulty: 1/4
Cost: 230 €
Time: 1/2 day

kitchen renovation

To rejuvenate this kitchen, the owners began by repainting the furniture, the worktop and part of the walls. This facelift was completed by the installation of a composite splashback on the existing tiles. Easy to implement, this solution gives more character to the decoration than a simple painting of the old credence.

Credenza: low thickness and lightness

Made of glass, stainless steel, chipboard, laminate, tile, quartz, resin... the credence has a thickness ranging from 5 to 20 mm (most often 9 mm). Thinner (3 mm), the chosen model keeps all the useful surface of the worktop. It is a sandwich panel consisting of two siding in aluminum and stainless steel and a polyethylene core ("Reynobond" Alcoa). Offered in 70 cm high and three lengths (60, 90 or 110 cm) or customized (here 240 x 55 cm), the panels adapt to all configurations. Light, they are easy to handle by one person.

A healthy and flat medium

The panel is directly glued to the existing tile with adhesive sealant (double-sided tape can be used). Its pose presents no difficulty, but it requires that the support is flat and healthy. If it is friable, remove non-adherent parts and fill with adhesive mortar.
In case of unevenness, patching is necessary. To cut aluminum, there is no need for a tile or grinder: a jigsaw equipped with a disc for aluminum and non-ferrous metals is sufficient.

Tracing and cutting of the panel

height measurement for credence

  • Measure the height between the worktop and the high cabinets.

measuring the length of the work plan

  • Raise the sides along the entire length of the worktop.

postpone measurements on the back of the panel

  • On the back of the panel, postpone and trace the cut lines using a ruler, possibly held at the ends by clamps.

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keep the protective adhesive

  • The protective adhesive must be kept during the cutting work: it facilitates the tracing (the felt is erased on the metal...) and avoids damage to the visible side with the sole of the tools.

cutting with a circular saw

  • Make straight cuts using a circular saw equipped with a fine cutting disc for aluminum and non-ferrous metals. A jigsaw is also suitable.

small cuts are made with a jigsaw

  • Make small cuts, including notches, with a jigsaw at medium speed, taking care not to use the swinging motion.

jigsaw cutting

  • After reporting the location of the jacks, drill with an aluminum drill bit each corner of the pattern to insert the blade of the jigsaw and cut.

Gluing and splicing the credence

applying putty glue before laying the credence

  • With the protective adhesive removed, apply a bead of caulk around the bookings and over the entire surface of the panel, laid flat on the work surface.

press the panel

  • Position the panel against the support by pressing firmly.

seal with the tray

  • After the glue is taken, replace the covers of the electrical sockets and then seal them with the board with a silicone sealant.


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