Originally Posted by ISUzj
Wow, that looks nice and clean, so when you said you installed a header, If I am getting this right, you gutted part of the ceiling and firred it out, or are you refering to the top of the stub wall.
Also how can I secure the top down well? we were at a friends house and he leaned on the overhaning part of one of those and we could see the whole thing flex, that made me nervous for doing ours. Is there a trick to that?
Sorry for my poor terminology. I meant that I installed a "header" on the top of the remaining wall, not the ceiling. The sexy louvered wall was not a supporting wall.
I forget exactly, but I think I cut the studs down to 32", put a double 2x4 on top as the "header," then installed the counter-top. Finished height is (I think) right at 36 inches.
It's a 27" wide counter-top and, as you can see, the majority of it hangs on the kitchen side of the wall. For support on that side, in addition to being abutted to the regular wall, I installed two balusters for support.
I attached the counter-top to the wall by use of slotted angle iron on each side of the wall. I forget the exact size, but it was probably about 1-1/2 inch. It was an off-the-shelf deal at Home Depot. Looked like this:
The biggest trick is to make sure the top of the "wall" is level. If not, the counter-top peninsula will be catty-whompass.
Bottom line: it wasn't as difficult as you might think.