WE have an oak island with a 1.25 inch oak top that is covered in melamine (or something like that). It measures 3 feet high and is 42.5 by 26.5. We have thought that the easiest way to change it would be to purchase a countertop in X size and use L brackets to attach. I'm not sure how much leg space we would need to leave and also would like to hear other ideas and if there is a better way. We are only planning on adding to one end and the back, not all the way around.

thank you.