Interior Home Design Makeovers - "Choose your Countertops"

Interior Home Design Makeovers - "Choose your Countertops"

Redesign + More has great resources in Charlotte - Lake Norman - Statesville & Hickory NC

Countertops must be useful and meet your needs and fit your décor.
It is appropriate to mix materials – stone for an island where guests gather and laminate at the kid’s snack and homework zone. When comparing prices, consider durability and maintenance. In addition note whether each material is priced by the linear or square foot.

Countertop Material

Bamboo – This replacement grass can be assembled using food-safe adhesives.

Butcher Block – Made from laminated wood, this is most excellent for baking areas and island tops. Seal with oil to increase moisture resistance. Allow knife marks to create a patina, or sand the surface for a smooth appearance.

Concrete – Cast in place or installed as preformed slabs, sealed concrete resists burns, stains, and scratches but is labor-intensive to install. Customize by adding in tints, texture, or inset shells, glass or other items.

Glass – Sleek and dramatic. Tempered glass comes in clear or translucent forms with a smooth or textured surface. Recycled composites glass is also an option. Glass is waterproof and heat-tolerant: use a cutting board to avoid scratches.


Granite – Today’s most popular choice offers a variety of colors and patterns. Shopping at a stone yard costs more than ordering from a sample but lets you buy the exact piece you want. You may reduce the cost by using granite tiles or remnants instead of a single slab. Granite is durable and impervious to heat but requires professional installation and periodic sealing to repel stains.


Laminate – Laminate is affordable and comes preformed as a one-piece counter and backsplash in limited color choices. Custom ordering from a home center or kitchen dealer, and you will find hundreds of colors and patterns, some that even mimic stone, metal, or wood. Shaped edges or textured finishes are available as well. This material is easy to install but it has visible seams.

Marble & Limestone – These stones are classic and luxurious, they’re softer and more porous than granite, and they are most likely to scratch or stain.


Quartz-Surfacing – Also called engineered stone. This blend of ground quartz, resins and pigments produced consistent stone like patterns. It is nonporous, heat and scratch- resistant.

Soapstone – Soft and silky, soapstone chips more easily than granite. Like other stones it resists heat. Treat with mineral oil to repel moisture.

Solid –Surfacing – Shop for panels and veneers made of plastic resins in many colors and patterns. The nonporous material resists stains and scratches can be sanded out. Solid – surfacing sinks create a seamless installation.

Stainless Steel – Sanitary and stain proof. This surface complements a stainless steel sink and perfects a pro-style kitchen. Steel is heatproof, waterproof, with a shiny finish that shows scratches and fingerprints.
Ready- made sections fit standard counter sizes and custom installations fit others.


Tile – Glazed ceramic or porcelain tiles come in many shapes, sizes, colors and are water – heat resistant. If they chip they are easy to replace. Every few years you may need to regrout.




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Comment balloon 14 commentsPeggy Johnson • May 19 2010 01:36PM


Very useful information, thanks Peggy.  One needs to be practical and economical too.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

Just loved your lay out on counter tops.  This is so helpful!  Loved the glass counter top.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) over 7 years ago

Peggy - Very nice post..I dont think I could have come up with all those surfaces...I like the glass.

Posted by Wally Sears, Real Estate Photographer Jacksonville, Fl (Residential Real Estate Photography) over 7 years ago

Hi Roger,

Thank you so much for the kind comment on choosing your countertops.


Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 7 years ago


I appreciate your comment. It does help to see the materials and have a little information about them as well.


Thank you

Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 7 years ago


Thank you for your comment. I think when choosing countertops it helps to see what all your choices are and a description of what really works for ones lifestyle. It sounds like glass countertops will work for you....



Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 7 years ago

Peggy - Awesome post.  I'm going to have to bookmark this as you've made it so very useful.  Thank you!


P.S. I like the stainless steel.

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 7 years ago

Thank you Kathy for your comment and I am glad to hear the information is useful.

The stainless steel has a great look and Your Welcome!

Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 7 years ago

Nice post Peggy!  I have seen some beautiful work done with concrete...amazing and creative results.  That said, I prefer solid surface rather than tiled pieces...looks more elegant.  Thanks for the list!

Posted by Kathleen Garvey, Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales (Cherry Creek Properties - Denver) over 7 years ago


Thank you for the comment and your welcome. It is amazing what you can do with many of the countertop materials to create the look you desire.

Have a wonderful afternoon!


Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 7 years ago

Peggy,  Thank you for this excellent guide to the wide range of great countertop choices -- I've bookmarked it and have also put this on my Twitter feed.

Posted by Nancy Maurer, Home Stager - Serving No. NJ (Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC) over 7 years ago


Your welcome. I happy to hear that the information on countertops is helpful to you.

Thank you for your comment and for adding it to your twitter feed.

Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 7 years ago

Wow, what a great source of information.....helps to have it all "simply" outlined.  Thanks!


Posted by Julie Davis, Amy Blank - Rediscovered Interiors, LLC (Rediscovered Interiors, LLC) over 7 years ago

Julie and Amy,

Thank you for the kind comment, I am glad to hear the information is useful and simple.


Peggy Johnson

Real Estate Home Stager - Charlotte NC

Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 7 years ago

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