Did you read our post on kitchen remodeling trends to avoid? I wonder where copper countertops fit in with all that. I've always been drawn to the look (and to brass countertops, because who could forget this kitchen), so I did a little research into the pros and cons of copper countertops:
This photo made me chuckle when I saw it. It's a serious coffee geek who devotes an entire countertop to two coffee grinders and a giant espresso machine. But I'm also not passing judgement: I'm sure many of us have our own version of this. What's it for you? Your KitchenAid mixer that takes up all available space by the stove? Your toaster oven that necessitated buying a separate workspace cart? How much space are you willing to give up for your favorite tools and appliances?
Like its name suggests, Butcher Block Co. specializes in all kitchen things made with butcher block. From cutting boards to countertops, carts, and kitchen islands, they have an impressive collection from top-of-the-line butcher block makers like John Boos and Catskill Craftsmen — and all with a price match guarantee.
We've shared our love for garbage bowls before, but that devotion may only be because we don't have this: a trash chute built right into the countertop! The idea behind a garbage bowl is to have somewhere to toss yours scraps while you're cooking, so how convenient to be able to just slide them into a hole and send them right into the trash or compost bucket below!
There was nothing quite so angsty in my kitchen renovation as the countertops. Maybe it's because I was coming from a rental kitchen with truly awful laminate countertops, countertops that were not only dirty cream in color but textured with deep wrinkles, like rhinoceros skin, never clean and never smooth; but I was convinced that the countertop choice would make the kitchen. Countertops are the difference between easy cleaning and dread. Countertop material changes the light in a kitchen, and is the surface under your hands and food. For me, kitchen renovation meant finally having countertops that were beautiful, bright white, and easy to clean. And not too expensive, my husband added.
Marble was the natural choice. Right? Right! Here's the story of how we overcame our fears, and found our honed marble countertops.
I'm always so inspired by dream kitchens like this cottage kitchen in Maine or any one of these gorgeous, glamorous spaces. I appreciate the details, materials, the layout, all the finer things that make it special and swoon-worthy. But sometimes too much day dreaming can make me feel a little deflated when I walk into my thoroughly average and unspectacular rental kitchen. Has that ever happened to you? Most of us probably don't cook in our dream kitchen. Instead, we deal with our kitchens' quirks and inconveniences on a daily basis.
But your kitchen can still be a place that you love and cherish, a place you enjoy, not merely tolerate. These 10 small changes are easy upgrades, but they'll go a long way towards making you feel more organized and uplifted in your kitchen.
Surfaces. They play the biggest role in establishing the mood of our home decor. Hardwood flooring, subway tile, natural stone—each and every one of those items sets the home in a particular time and place and on track towards a particular interior style. Surfaces are especially important in the kitchen. They not only give the heart of our homes mood and emotion, they dictate how we function in and around them.
We dove into kitchen materials this year for all our readers embarking on a major kitchen project. Are you wondering about marble vs. quartz countertops? Cork or linoleum floors? Curious if butcher block countertops are really as hard to maintain as people say? We list the pros and cons of the most common countertop and flooring materials and share reviews and insights from Kitchn readers who've lived with it firsthand, so you'll have all the information you need to make the right decision for your kitchen. Read on for more!