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Unconventional Counter Top Ideas and Materials for Your Kitchen Remodel

For your upcoming Portland kitchen remodel, are you feeling like breaking away from the granite counter top pack? Take a look here at some unconventional materials for your kitchen counters — and some oldies that could make a comeback in your kitchen.

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PaperStone

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This super-green composite material is made from sheets of recycled paper, naturally pigmented and sealed with non-petroleum resin. Its price is similar to other solid-surface materials, and it behaves similarly. It is heat-resistant up to 350 degrees, nonporous, and stain-resistant. Scratches and marks can be sanded out, but its maintenance is a bit higher than other solid-surface options. 

Living Edge Wood

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Here’s a way to bring the feel of the Oregon outdoors into your kitchen. Wood counter tops are warm and durable, although they require some obvious care. Slabs of wood with “live” or “living” edges, untrimmed and natural-looking, lend a rugged charm. On the wood theme, you also can find out-of-the-ordinary butcher-block counters, or explore reclaimed wood or bamboo for a unique look.

Glass
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Solid glass counters can give an ultramodern look. The color possibilities are endless, as are the cool high-tech features such as LED lighting, embedded touchscreen tablets, and wireless device-charging ports.

Concrete

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Some interesting looks are possible with concrete, which is super-versatile. This mid-priced option can be formed in any shape or color, is highly heat-resistant, and actually can look better as it ages.

Quartz

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Granite has become so common — for obvious reasons such as its beauty, heat and stain resistance, and ease of maintenance — but don’t rule out other stone options. Although some quartz counter tops are solid slabs, the new trend in quartz is an engineered product using ground quartz held together with resins. These counters are rock-hard, low-maintenance, and available in a wide range of colors. Other stone options for your kitchen include marble (elegant but higher maintenance), soapstone (dark stone with light veins; easier to maintain than marble), and slate (affordable, durable, dark colors).

Recycled Glass

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This eye-catching option can run the gamut from wildly colorful to subtly attractive. The crushed glass is embedded in either a resin or concrete, with each option having its own look. These mid-priced counter tops are durable and easy to maintain.

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Here are some other ideas for kitchen counters. Talk to your designer about ways you might incorporate these into your kitchen remodel.

  • Solid brass
  • Mosaic tile
  • Giant ceramic tiles
  • Stainless steel
  • Timeless white tile

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