Kitchen Design Idea – 5 Unconventional Materials You Can Use For A Countertop

Kitchen Design Idea - 5 Unconventional Materials You Can Use For A Countertop

 

Most countertops are made from typical materials, like stone or quartz, but there are other materials that tend to be used less frequently, even though they can look just as good and are much more unique.

Today we’re sharing 5 unconventional countertop materials that set kitchens apart and help contribute to an overall unique feeling home.

 

1. Pennies

Pennies are an inexpensive and very unique countertop material. Once it’s been covered in epoxy resin and sealed properly, the countertop becomes extremely durable and can withstand the demands of daily life, including pooled water, food prep, and most cleaning agents.


Kitchen Design Idea - 5 Unconventional Materials You Can Use For A Countertop // Pennies -- Pennies are an inexpensive and very unique countertop material. Once it's been covered in epoxy and sealed properly the countertop becomes extremely durable and can withstand the demands of daily life, including pooled water, food prep, and most cleaning agents.

DIY Penny Countertop from Domestic Imperfection

2. Paper Stone

Made from stacks of recycled paper, resin, and natural pigment, paper stone is a non-porous countertop material. Because it’s recycled, it’s a sustainable material to use and the properties it has makes it great for bustling kitchens. It’s stain resistant, heat resistant and doesn’t absorb water – making it an ideal material to use in the kitchen.


Kitchen Design Idea - 5 Unconventional Materials You Can Use For A Countertop // Paper Stone -- Made from stacks of recycled paper, resin, and natural pigment, paper stone is a non-porous countertop material. Because it's recycled, it's a sustainable material to use and the properties it has makes it great for bustling kitchens. It's stain resistant, heat resistant and doesn't absorb water - making it an ideal material to use in the kitchen.

Countertops by richlite.

3. Live Edge Wood

Slightly more rustic than butchers block counters, live edge wood is just as durable and even more unique. With their edges left untreated and the pattern of the wood grains still visible, live edge wood countertops bring in a natural warmth that other materials can’t.


Kitchen Design Idea - 5 Unconventional Materials You Can Use For A Countertop // Live Edge Wood -- Slightly more rustic than butchers block counters, live edge wood is just as durable and even more unique. With their edges left untreated the and the pattern of the wood grains still visible, live edge wood countertops bring in a natural warmth that other materials can't.

Kitchen designed by SF Architecture.

4. Recycled Glass

Recycled glass countertops are just what they sound like; countertops made from recycled glass. Old glass materials, like bottles, windows, and beakers are crushed into tiny pieces and are either embedded into concrete or are held together with the help of a binding agent.


Kitchen Design Idea - 5 Unconventional Materials You Can Use For A Countertop // Recycled Glass -- Recycled glass countertops are just what they sound like - countertops made from recycled glass. Old glass materials, like bottles, windows, and beakers are crushed into tiny pieces and are either embedded into concrete or are held together with the help of a binding agent.

Glass countertop by Vetrazzo

Kitchen Design Idea - 5 Unconventional Materials You Can Use For A Countertop // Recycled Glass -- Recycled glass countertops are just what they sound like - countertops made from recycled glass. Old glass materials, like bottles, windows, and beakers are crushed into tiny pieces and are either embedded into concrete or are held together with the help of a binding agent.

Glass countertop by Vetrazzo

5. Soapstone

Soapstone is known mostly for its softness, making it great for carving and other artistic applications. But soapstone comes in varying degrees of hardness, and the hardest kind is durable enough to be used as countertop material. Soapstone is a natural stone that’s nonporous which makes each piece unique and stain resistant.


Kitchen Design Idea - 5 Unconventional Materials You Can Use For A Countertop // Soapstone -- Soapstone is known mostly for its softness, making it great for carving and other artistic applications. But soapstone comes in varying degrees of hardness, and the hardest kind is durable enough to be used as countertop material. Soapstone is a natural stone that's nonporous which makes each piece unique and stain resistant.

Kitchen counter by Polycor. Photography by Ryan Struck.

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