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Are you wondering about countertop edges for different materials?

An additional strip is glued (“laminated”) underneath the slab edge to make the countertop look thicker and allow for something other than a square edge. In most cases this is not a problem and virtually unnoticeable, but for marble and granite countertop edges the lamination seam may be visible depending on the color and pattern of the stone. The typically free straight or square edge styles always look classic and classy… a solid choice. Even a seemingly small element like your countertop edges can make the space just “not feel right” if it doesn’t match or blend well with the look and feel of everything else.Add extra drama by combining two different styles for something completely original!

Of course, decorative granite edges are typically an optional upgrade that will “upgrade” the countertop cost a little to a lot depending on your choices and size of the installation. The drawback of laminated edges is a potentially visible seam that runs horizontally around the edge. Darker countertop colors with more consistent patterns will “hide” a seam better than lighter countertop colors with lots of “movement” in their pattern. Unless your on a very tight budget, skip the 2cm and go with the 3cm slab. Next, get some finished edge samples from your contractor or granite fabrication company–preferably of the same material you’re installing, but it isn’t crucial.

Unique Reclaimed and Live Edge Wood Countertops by sebringdesignbuild.com

Reclaimed wood countertops or live edge wood countertops can do just that. A wood slab brings the ambiance of the forest into the home. Each imperfection, scar and nail hole in your reclaimed wood countertops add to the history of that slab of lumber that it used to be. The naturally aged appearance offsets the necessarily squeaky-clean environment. Wood with its insect scars, disintegrated knots, and nail holes, tend to be the most interesting. The most common reclaimed wood comes in the form of the pine and oak. The “sinkers” sometimes more than six-foot diameter trunks are of great value to specialized woodworkers.

Standing dead trees or trees that have recently fallen are sources for these slabs. Small milling operations located up and down the country specialize in sourcing trees best suited for milling wood slabs for use in custom furniture and interior remodeling.

Your countertop may end up being quite expensive, but it will be beautiful and will last you for the rest of your life. Again, time is involved in selecting just the right wood and all the labor in milling and drying factored into the price. But you will have a final product that is beautiful, individualized, and unique as well as highly durable. Interior remodeling professionals usually recommend tung oil.

You might want a heavier finish for the sake of durability but it tends to detract from the natural look you aspire to. While spilling water on your countertop is inevitable, do not to let such spills sit there for hours. Damage from stains, should it happen, is quite easy to repair with a new coat of oil. Obviously not the real history (unless you know where it came from), but the one you imagine that adds romance to the room. Old buildings going through renovations or demolition are common sources for reclaimed wood slabs. Apart from being green, reclaimed wood is durable, and if properly cared for, will last another hundred years or so. The bark left intact enhances the natural look or removed to expose the organic edge.

Live edge wood countertops will be less expensive than one made from reclaimed wood coming from a slab or slabs of wood from fallen or felled trees and sourced from a local sawyer. Commercial products that combine linseed oil with wax and drying agents may be used, but all finishes are perfectly food-safe once they have fully cured. An oil finish or oil and wax finish should be quite adequate if you take ongoing care of your countertop. Orange oil is wonderful for restoring the luster to wood and it’s a good idea to have it on hand for brightening up all the wood in your kitchen. It was built custom for this house by the cabinet fabricator.

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