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Kitchen Countertops

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New Trends for Kitchen Design and Materials

While trends in kitchen design come and go, both granite and solid surface countertops continue to remain popular options. A more recent trend is mixing different cabinet finishes and types in the same kitchen to give it a feeling of gradual change over time. Watch this video to find out more.

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How To Clean and Oil Butcher Block for Use in the Kitchen

Butcher blocks are beautiful additions to your kitchen, providing a sturdy work surface with the warmth and beauty of wood. However, to protect both the wood and your health, it’s important to keep butcher blocks sanitized and sealed. If you take the time to clean and oil your butcher block about once a month, you can be assured it will last a lifetime. Read on to find out more.

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How to Apply Cement Backer Board to a Plastic Laminate Countertop

John asks, “I plan to install tile on a Formica countertop with 1/4” cement backer board. Do I need to apply thin-set mortar between the backer board and Formica to stick it down?”

I would both glue and screw the cement backer board to the plastic laminate countertop before laying your tile.

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Kitchen with new plastic laminate countertops.

How to Install Plastic Laminate Kitchen Countertops

Plastic laminate countertops are now available in very realistic patterns that can mimic the look of stone at a fraction of the cost, and installing them makes a good DIY project. Watch this video to find out more.

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Realistic Granite Plastic Laminate

Recent advances in plastic laminate have made a product that closely resembles natural granite. Laminate, such as Formica 180fx, come in a range of colors and patterns that are so realistic, it’s hard to tell them from the real thing.

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Advantages of Installing Granite Countertops in Your Kitchen

Granite is very popular these days, and the price has come down substantially in the past few years thanks to faster and easier ways to cut it. Granite is user friendly and while it won’t scorch from a hot pan, it can scratch. Granite should be sealed once a year to prevent staining. Watch this video to find out more.

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Inexpensive Alternative to Granite Countertops for Your Kitchen

Some of the new plastic laminate countertops can mimic the look of natural stone at a much lower price. Made by various manufacturers and known as honed, etched, or textured, they not only look like stone but feel like it as well. At 50% to 65% less than stone, you can have the look you want while your budget remains intact.

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Danny Lipford with granite kitchen countertop.

How to Choose Countertops for Your Kitchen

A wide range of countertop materials are available today in many colors and patterns, from plastic laminate and solid surface to tile and natural stone. Watch this video to find out more.

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