Unique Kitchen Countertops

Make a statement in the kitchen with an unexpected kitchen countertop.


If you’re in the market for a fashion-forward countertop, granite, quartz and laminate are no longer your only choices. Wood countertops are coming on strong. This kitchen by EnGrain combines the warmth of wood with cool Calacatta marble for the best of both worlds

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Make a statement in the kitchen with an unexpected kitchen countertop. Try using a unique design or unconventional materials.

A Kitchen With Recycled Design

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Hidden Potential

When Gayle Christopher bought her Leeds, Alabama, home, she had a sneaking suspicion that there was a stunning space lurking somewhere within her homely kitchen.

Flooring Worth Overlooking

Figuring out how to release the kitchen's hidden beauty was another story. "The space was trapped in the ’70s with fake butcher-block plastic, dark wood, and years of accumulated schmutz," says Gayle.

A Fresh New Face

With a little imagination and a lot of elbow grease, Gayle turned her dreary 1970s kitchen into a bright, inviting space. From painting the cabinetry to installing floors and fixtures, she handled every bit of the labor herself.

Black and White Design

Recycled-paper countertops and a simple tile backsplash anchor the classic palette, and are among the many green materials Gayle selected for the kitchen.

Open Range

A new range and hood replaced the tired model that was in place when Gayle bought her home. The white and black appliance works in harmony with the surrounding color palette.

Frugal Framing

Gayle crafted cabinet doorframes out of ordinary garden stakes from a home-improvement center, a solution right in line with her tight budget.

Open Shelving

Gayle left the doors off the uppermost kitchen cabinets, which helps to expand the space visually and gives her a spot to display dishware and cookbooks.

Inviting Accents

Gayle chose cup-style cabinet pulls to lend a hint of vintage appeal.

A Bright Breakfast Nook

Gayle and her dog Cooper relax in the breakfast area, which got a facelift along with the kitchen. She replaced the eroded flooring and added white paint to brighten up the space. Simple honeycomb-style blinds allow ample sunlight to filter in.

Materials like glass, stainless steel, copper, concrete with decorative aggregates, and reclaimed or salvaged wood are great ways to add an element of surprise—and loads of character—to the kitchen.

Indeed, unique kitchen countertops add a "wow" factor to your home, and just might help increase its value. Customization is also key to creating a countertop that's as unique as it is artistic. Design-savvy homeowners might want to add color to concrete counters, for instance, by adding a crushed blend of recycled glass or shell remnants to wet concrete.

Glass is another countertop surface that allows the opportunity to get creative, whether it's through LED illumination, or through a custom color palette (think the beach or Rothko).

Before selecting the kitchen countertop that's best for your space, consider the overall style of the kitchen. Kitchens with contemporary design elements, for instance, might be best served by employing a metal like stainless steel or copper, while traditional or farm-style kitchens could benefit from a reclaimed or salvaged wood material.

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