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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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  • Marj
    Marj Sun City, AZ
    on Dec 3, 2014

    Katherine, they have held up well for me. I do not cook a lot, being retired, and make sure to use a cutting board. My Godson cut his bagel on the counter and it did scratch; however, it didn't remove the color and just adds character. I am pleased with my outcome and need to get the tile work finished - I had my handyman install the new hardware while the cabinets were in the painting stage. I think I invested about $40 for paint, the hardware was about $150 and then the tile purchased locally was maybe $120. Added a new light above the sink (it is a converted that screws in like a lightbulb) and the kitchen was transformed.

    • Katherine Couvillon
      Katherine Couvillon Charlottesville, VA
      on Dec 3, 2014

      @Marj Sounds like a great option and a way to save a lot of money and still get a kitchen you love. Thanks for sharing your process and success!

  • Diann Christian- Hovey
    Diann Christian- Hovey Carroll, IA
    on May 27, 2015

    I have light colored formica Countertops, anything I can do to make them look pretty and different without to much expense and EASY? I know I will be doing it myself and although I'm pretty creative, I have never tackled anything like this before...any suggestions anyone?

  • Bev Deardurff
    Bev Deardurff Belle Center, OH
    on Jun 20, 2015

    I have a laminate counter top. It was lose when we moved in and one area is separated from the rest. It fits in it's space, but I don't know it's history. I would like to fix it, but don't know any inexpensive and one person job. My husband won't help me at all. The one thing that I love about my kitchen is the cast iron sink. The house was 85 yrs. old when we moved in and we've been here for about 15 yrs. She needs lots of work, but with both of us on limited incomes that's next to impossible. Even our yard needs landscaping. It's difficult for me because I contracted an progressive, incurable, rare disease. The house is too big and needs to be cleaned out of 15 yrs. of collections we no longer do. Very emotional. It I got my stuff cleaned up, I still don't know if I'd liked living here like I first did when I moved in.

  • Cherylbinford1958
    on Jul 27, 2016

    WOW. You really took your time and made that beautiful. Cheryl.

  • Janice Marie Yates
    Janice Marie Yates Terrell, TX
    on Jul 27, 2016

    I am about to renovate my 1895 kitchen and install metal Yorktown cabinets. Any suggestions for countertops? Help!

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