Composting is a fantastic thing to do, both to reduce waste and to improve your garden. It’s not always super-convenient, though, and it can be … unattractive in the kitchen. The Blanco Solon comes to the rescue for both issues, however. This stainless steel system can be inset into a countertop and has a cover to obscure the cuttings waiting to be relocated to your outdoor location. It saves space, makes composting easier and looks like something that belongs in a luxury kitchen.
Painted Kitchen Countertop
Giani stone paint is a sealant that completely and totally overhauls the look of any countertop. It can be used on anything from laminate to butchers block to primed and painted wood, and because it is a finish itself, it should only have to be redone if the surface is ever chipped or damaged.
Granite slabs are the gold standard in stone countertops, but those slabs don’t come cheap, and the installation of the slabs isn’t going to be any easier to stomach, either. If you really want the look and feel of granite, though, you can still get it at a fraction of the cost with granite tiles. You don’t even have to source the material yourself: You can order kits online from Lazy Granite, and if you are disinclined to DIY, hire a tile installer to finish the job. You will still come out far ahead financially than you would have if you’d laid out the money for those granite slabs!
To balance the cool Carrera marble countertop on the adjacent island, these kitchen countertops are replaced with a character-rich butcher block that's perfect for a hard-working kitchen. In fact, it's the only countertop material that can withstand slicing and chopping.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good laminate countertop. The style factor of laminates has skyrocketed in recent years, and the availability of different patterns and finishes makes them a good option for many looking to redo their countertops. If you want to budget down from engineered quartz, check out Formica’s Silver Quartzite. This stone-look laminate will serve any kitchen well as a strong neutral design force and a major player in making the kitchen a worry-free, fun, and functional place to be.
Soapstone has been used for centuries as a countertop, and its popularity endures, as do the countertops themselves: soapstone fans swear by their durability. These slabs of stability don't come cheap, though, and while prices vary, you'll likely be looking at upwards of $80 per square foot. To get the soapstone look without breaking the bank, check out Formica’s Soapstone Sequoia. From their new 180x line of laminates that boast a more realistic natural stone look, you’ll know it’s not soapstone, but it will look great and you'll have the reliability of laminate, which is nothing to turn down your nose at.
There’s no getting around it: Lava stone is gorgeous. It’s beautiful, with its amazing color, its luster and its you-can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it magnificence. It’s also literally one of the most expensive options in the world for countertops, sometimes ending up around $300 a square foot. The reality is, nothing will look like lava stone. But Paperstone, a composite countertop made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and non-petroleum-based resins, might just make you forget about it. It seems like a solid-surface material but is eco-friendly in almost every way you could imagine, and when you drink in its warm Cabernet color, you might just wonder why you ever considered another crazy-expensive option.
Metal-Look Laminate Kitchen Countertop
Professional kitchens use stainless steel countertops, and many serious home chefs want that look, as well. If you really want stainless steel, there really isn’t a lot that’s going to substitute for the metal itself. If you’re interested in that look, though, check out Formica’s Endless Graytone laminate.
Sleek White Kitchen Countertop in Bright Transitional Kitchen
The mainly white kitchen features open shelving and glass-front cabinets for a sleek look. A white quartz kitchen island countertop features a built-in sink for an extra area to wash vegetables and fruit. A dark glass tile backsplash provides the perfect contrast to the white fixtures.
This kitchen countertop serves double duty as a prep surface and storage compartment that houses crayons, rubber bands and clips. This is a great place for kids to do homework while Mom and Dad cook meals.