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:
Link to parents kitchen project:
reclaimed wood top that we refinished and added to an old dresser base to make our kitchen island to see our whole kitchen:
detail of our island top refinished and branded with kents "W" brand. That is also one of his sarved bowls To see more of his work:
A great way to upgrade laminate is to use a flat edge... gives the look of granite. to see more of our home
12"x24" floor tiles used as countertop. Minimum grout lines and so pretty. Banded with maple. to see the before and after of this project:
floor tiles as countertop.banded in maple.

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  • RestoreAholic
    on Dec 17, 2016

    Hi, I'm just curious how deep the counter is? Did you have to cut the tiles to fit? Thanks!

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  • Che5002247
    on Jul 27, 2016

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

  • Janice Marie Yates
    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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