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Inexpensive options for beautiful Countertops!

It doesn't always need to be expensive!
I wanted to give a few examples of inexpensive options for beautiful countertops.
Here are three that we have done recently.
The first is a reclaimed top that was on its way to the dump. We refinished it and added it to an antique dresser base to make an island in our kitchen.
The second option is high gloss Laminate... by using a squared off edge instead of the rounded edge we were able to get an appearance more like granite. The example I am showing is also from our kitchen.
Option three is porcelain floor tile.
I recently redid my parents kitchen and used 12"x24" floor tiles for countertop. The surface must be prepped properly and be level. It turned out beautifully. Using large tiles minimizes grout lines. I used a grout very close to the tile colour. We only needed 16 tiles for the whole project.
Link to our kitchen: http://cynthiaweber.com/hoop-top-house/
Link to parents kitchen project: http://cynthiaweber.com/the-big-reveal-my-parents-new-kitchen/

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Mar 13, 2013

    It's so amazing that those countertops are laminate!!

  • Thanks @Miriam I, we have fooled a few people!

  • Eclectically Vintage - Kelly
    Eclectically Vintage - Kelly New York, NY
    on Mar 13, 2013

    Love that you branded that countertop!

  • Ron P
    Ron P Fort Lauderdale, FL
    on Mar 14, 2013

    I have used all three of these in the past. I would definitely NOT suggest tile, the grout can get stained and it basically looks like you wanted granite but couldn't afford it and the wood edging does not hold up well. Laminate tops can be beautiful especially the faux stone look, you just need to take care that they don't get damaged by water or heat. We used section of an old bowling alley in my mom's house, beautiful, but needs refinishing occasionally. I have granite now but will not use a dark color the next time. It's hard to tell if it needs cleaning or if you missed a spot. Also granite is a natural stone and can get moldy on the unfinished underside.

  • Hi @Ron P , Thank you for sharing your experiences. For my parents project I used a commercial grade grout that has built in sealant to avoid the staining issue.

    • Marion Nesbitt
      Marion Nesbitt Canada
      on Nov 1, 2014

      @Cynthia Weber @ A Button Tufted Life... Please tell me what specific commercial grout you used - type and brand. Have a corner sink, and the counter dimensions are such that a seam is needed near the sink. Not good. Thought tile would solve the problem but was leery because of the grout issue.

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