When you think about a kitchen you usually think about appliances and lots of storage, but there is an element we unfairly disregard, the countertop. A kitchen is meant for cooking and we will spend most of the time on it by doing something in the countertop but, we don’t only use it for that, we also hold the small appliances on them, and we use these quite a few like the toaster oven, the coffee maker and many others. We also prepare our baked stuff and we prepare all kinds of food to be cooked. Oh, and if you are like me, kitchen countertops are also useful as an extra sitting place!
Redesigning your countertops will give your kitchen a whole new look, but this is not an easy task and there are many materials to choose from and because it is a long-term decision to make so, let’s take a look to the most usual materials:
- Stainless steel countertops are the professional No wonder, most of the big kitchens in restaurants use this material. It is clean and gives a high-end look but, on the other hand will make your kitchen look like a restaurant and it is fairly expensive.
- Glass countertops are on the expensive side too but are very versatile and look very clean and elegant.
- Concrete countertops are very tough and sturdy, if you are looking for a countertop to last a lifetime, this is a great option. It can be combined with tiles and glass to improve the looks.
- Wood creates a butcher-block effect that is very inviting and cozy but on the odd side, if it is not sealed really good it will create contamination deep inside the wood’s grain and you may have health hazards.
- Tiles are great too and it is by far the most versatile one. There are many kinds of tiles and you can use any of them for this purpose. They are also very cheap but, the drawback is it will make your countertops look like your floor and give the kitchen a cheap look.
- Marble is probably the most expensive option, but the best looking by far. It will give your kitchen an elegant and long-lasting look that will never wear off.
- If you using a granite countertop, you have a huge range of kitchen design possibilities. One of the most cost-effective improvements comes in the form of custom made window blinds.
Whatever your option is, installing a kitchen countertop is not an easy task and should not be tackled by somebody who is not a professional. Although we all love DIY and we like to save money, our kitchen countertop is going to stay there for a very long time, likely all our lifetime so, if you don’t fix it well you may end up with a faulty job that will last more than you. Also, with some materials like wood, if you don’t do a good job and you don’t properly seal your kitchen countertop it will make your food to leak to the wood grain and create a bacteria’s nest in your kitchen, beware about that!