Popular countertop materials for 2012: Zinc and Walnut

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For those who asked what materials were trending. For 2012, designers and architects have been buzzing about these materials. Honorable mentions are also bronze and our engineered-concrete tops (Verdicrete)...Enjoy:
q popular countertop materials for 2012 zinc and walnut, concrete countertops, countertops, Here is one of our zinc tops at a previous trade show
Here is one of our zinc tops at a previous trade show.
q popular countertop materials for 2012 zinc and walnut, concrete countertops, countertops, Walnut top it s a classic and looks great
Walnut top...it's a classic, and looks great.
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  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Mar 21, 2012
    I love the walnut. Thanks for the pictures!

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 21, 2012
    Yea, I love the walnut. That's one of our most popular pictures. I'm not sure if you're on Houzz.com, but that's where we post a lot of our projects. It's similar to this site, but more design-oriented: http://www.houzz.com/pro/toddcostello/brooks-custom

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Mar 21, 2012
    I have always been a fan of walnut...and not just in the kitchen. My home office is done in mostly walnut and I have built a number of projects for clients in walnut as well.

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 21, 2012
    Yea...for wood....walnut, teak and maple are always pretty popular selections when we have people in the showroom. I like the zebra wood, also.

  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Mar 21, 2012
    I took a look, very impressive!

  • Kelli E Kelli E on Mar 21, 2012
    The walnut looks very nice but wood countertops wouldn't hold up at my house. The zinc looks too institutional.

  • Robin Robin on Mar 21, 2012
    I'm still wantin' me some concrete counter tops...

  • Patrick L Patrick L on Mar 21, 2012
    That zinc CT, is sleek and looks beautiful with the stainless, but that back is atrocious.

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 21, 2012
    haha, yea we can't control every aspect at the shows....I'll post some more zinc pics. It's one of my personal favorites with the materials we work with.

  • Rachel Z Rachel Z on Mar 21, 2012
    I'm a huge fan of dark woodwork...so I think I like the walnut because of the rich color.

  • Donna S Donna S on Mar 21, 2012
    love the walnut - how can zinc be safe for food prep ?

  • Susan H Susan H on Mar 21, 2012
    The zinc looks like an institutional kitchen -- I prefer the walnut.

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 21, 2012
    Zinc doesn't have any compounds that would react with food prep...It actually has antimicrobial properties. Similar to stainless steel when it was said that it kills E.Coli in the kitchen....

  • Najwa S Najwa S on Mar 21, 2012
    I have to go with Zinc.. Walnut finish would not last in our household. End up looking destroyed.

  • Linda M Linda M on Mar 21, 2012
    I have to admit, I went with Corian. About 35 years ago a friend of mine was remodeling her kitchen at the same time an old school was being torn down. Her hubby was on the demo crew, who were allowed to use whatever would otherwise have been dumped (yeah, recycling even then). He brought home this beautiful oak flooring, refinished it and used it as her counters. He used some sort of epoxy-type finish on it and it was gorgeous! (He also scored the glass doorknobs that were already turning purple.)

  • Shannon L Shannon L on Mar 21, 2012
    love the zinc. and love the industrial look in that particular kitchen too.

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 21, 2012
    @Linda....When it comes to all our premium wide plank tops...We have a Marine Oil Finish that we use exclusively in our shop and we guarantee it for the life-span of the kitchen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbCJEYk4EgY When choosing a wood top, the finish is EXTREMELY important!

  • Lucie P Lucie P on Mar 21, 2012
    The walnut..... gorgeous piece of wood :-D

  • Donna J Donna J on Mar 21, 2012
    I like them both. It would depend on what I was putting in the rest of the kitchen, which one I would go with.

  • Nancy L Nancy L on Mar 21, 2012
    I love them both! Maybe counters out of one and the island topped with the other!

  • Kathi J Kathi J on Mar 21, 2012
    Both are lovely in their surrounding design. Very nice!

  • Sandra C Sandra C on Mar 21, 2012
    Like the walnut the best, but the zinc is nice too!

  • Su T Su T on Mar 21, 2012
    gotta go with walnut

  • Cathy B Cathy B on Mar 21, 2012
    the walnut is showier in photo but the other looks richer and more modern, I think

  • Melanie L Melanie L on Mar 25, 2012
    stainless steel the best cleans easy especially with kids

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 27, 2012
    Stainless is great, Melanie...I'll dig up some unique stainless projects next!

  • Susan S Susan S on Jun 05, 2012
    The walnut is soooo rich looking - reminds me of really dark dark CHOCOLATE!! Many many years ago when I first began in furniture sales we were told that very little was being made w/Walnut any more because there had been a blight that almost destroyed all the Walnut trees! Older furniture made in the 40's or so used to be made with a fair amount of walnut but now there seems to be a come back. Is Walnut being imported or have new forests been planted???

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Jun 05, 2012
    Are you sure it was walnut and not chestnut?

  • Susan S Susan S on Jun 05, 2012
    Yep, I specifically remember Walnut!! Maybe some over-zealous furniture rep fed us a big line - they were always imbellishing things!! LOL And, at that time I was rather new in the field so I probably believed every word they said!! (then I married one) ;~)

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Jun 05, 2012
    Yea, I'm not sure. That description of the blight and all the trees being wiped out aligns with chestnut and why the chestnut used today is mostly reclaimed.

  • Susan S Susan S on Jun 05, 2012
    ???? One more of life's mysteries . . . . .