Greige Kitchen Cabinets Are Coming Back

There are many trending colors for kitchen cabinets. White is always a great choice, pale green is a winner, and so is nearly any shade of blue. But one color a lot of people use but don’t know what to call is greige. 

Greige is a great color for almost anything but it really doesn’t get enough credit. When it comes to kitchen cabinets, greige may be one of the best colors to use. Let’s talk about why by starting with the definition of greige. 

What Is Greige?

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Greige is a color that is somewhere between grey and beige. It is believed that the name came from both the merging of the two names and the French word grège which means raw silk. This makes sense considering the color of raw silk. 

Although the term greige has been around for a long while, the color hasn’t been used for paint, at least in name, for that long. It has only recently become a trending paint color, especially in the kitchen. 

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Painting kitchen cabinets can feel overwhelming. After all, if you mess up, you can ruin the entire look of your kitchen, bringing down the value and overall aesthetic of your home. But learning to paint kitchen cabinets can fix that.

Step 1: Protect Counters And Floors

The first thing you want to do is use tape and liners to protect your cabinets and floors. A cloth drop cloth taped to the floor is a good choice for the floors, but what most people don’t consider is splattering paint.

Sure, you can get by with taping the underside of the countertops, but splattering paint can ruin the tops of them without you noticing. Use a liner or masking paper to take care of this problem and wrap those countertops up!

Step 2: Make A Diagram

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Before the next step, you should make a diagram of your cabinets, labeling which cabinet is where and which type of door is in each spot, which direction that the handles are facing, and so on. You’ll understand why soon. 

Just know that it doesn’t have to be fancy. A child could make this diagram, so don’t worry about it not looking nice, it just needs to be easy to read. Label each cabinet with numbers on your diagram. 

Step 3: Remove Doors And Hardware

Now comes the reason you made the diagram. You need to remove all of the cabinet doors and the hardware from them. When you do, look at your diagram as you take each piece off and write the number somewhere on the door.

A good spot is where the hardware sits because this will be hidden by the hardware. So go ahead and write the numbers one at a time, not taking the next drawer or cabinet off until you have written the previous number. 

Step 4: Wash Cabinets

Now, wash each cabinet inside and out along with the doors. This may take a while but it is important because the most common stain or residue on cabinets is grease. Both from cooking and from our hands.

Yes, icky! But that’s not the problem. The problem is that grease doesn’t mix with, well, anything. Especially water-based products, which the paint used for cabinets often are. So wash them well with dawn and cleaners. 

Step 5: Use Wood Filler

After you finish washing the cabinets and doors, you can use wood filler to fill any gaps or holes in them. If there isn’t any then you can still use the wood filler to fill any open grains or wide grains in the wood.

Of course, this is all about preference but it will be easier to paint a flat surface than a porous one. Wood filler can help turn a porous surface into a smooth one that will accept paint better than it normally would. 

Step 6: Sand Cabinets

Now it’s time to sand the cabinets. This doesn’t have to be done well and if you used wood filler, you really don’t want to sand it much. Never sand the wood filler away. At this point, you just want to rough it up.

The cabinets, of course. The cabinets should be sanded over the entire surface, doors included. But this is just to give the paint something to hold onto. Otherwise, it may drip and not stick as well as it would otherwise. 

Step 7: Prime Cabinets

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Before painting, it’s important to prime the cabinets. This not only will make the paint look smoother but it will also make the paint look more solid and will avoid a whitewashed or distressed look.

If you want a distressed look, priming is only necessary if you want the look to include a certain color for the background. You can also use chalk paint or milk paint which both provide a more distressed look.

Step 8: Paint Cabinets

Finally, it’s time to paint the cabinets. This is the part you probably look forward to the most because it will finally transform the cabinets that probably look a little messy right now. But the steps are well worth it.

For painting cabinets, you can use a soft bristle brush or a small roller. Both work out well and most people tend to prefer to use both. So try them both and find out what works for you on what spots. 

Step 9: Seal Them!

This is kind of an optional step but it is highly recommended. Use a good sealer on your cabinets to protect it from stains and scratches. This will ensure they have the longest life that they can have and keep them looking good.

There are many different types of sealers that can work well for cabinets, but in general, one meant for the material of the cabinet is better than one just meant for cabinets. Just be careful with toxic sealers, especially around food. 

Greige Kitchen Cabinets Ideas

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Some people are inspired by words, while others need a visual to get their creative juices flowing. That’s why we’ve taken the time to gather some of the best greige kitchen cabinet ideas to inspire those people.

Standard Greige Kitchen Cabinets 

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This set of kitchen cabinets is fairly standard for greige kitchen cabinets. The one-sided kitchen makes small kitchens look amazing and that is in part because of the perfect color of greige that you see here. 

The designers decided to paint the upper and lower cabinets the same color to bring the room together. The island was left with a warm wood tone to bring out the beige in the greige color of the cabinets.

Modern Greige With Gold

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Gold can do amazing things to other colors. In this case, the gold really made the design style of this kitchen quite ambiguous. Sometimes, an ambiguous design style is perfect because it means you’ve found something unique. 

As for the creamy tone of this greige, it keeps the tones warm while the grey in the greige ensures that things aren’t dated. Yes, this is a very pleasing greige color for any room and any design style you can imagine. 

Coastal Greige Kitchen

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Did you know that you don’t need a heavy sandy tone to your greige for it to go well in a coastal kitchen? This kitchen proves that to be true because the greige here heavily favors grey as opposed to sandy beige.

The result is stunning as the silvery tones of the greige really bring the room together in all the best ways. Cool beaches are often even more relaxing than warm beaches and the marriage of the two are what makes greige so special.

Pleasing Ranch Greige

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Now, this is a gorgeous ranch kitchen. While the pretty blue cabinets and marble countertops play a huge role in this fact, so does the greige of the upper cabinets. Everything here really goes well together. 

But what most people don’t know or don’t notice is that the cabinets are two different colors. Yep! When designing your own kitchen, you may not even consider doing this but this proves that it can work out wonderfully. 

Greige Wood Grains

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Did you know that greige could be a wood grain color? You can get wood grain cabinets that are actually greige. You may have considered getting grey wood cabinets or beige wood cabinets, as that is a natural wood color.

But have you considered greige wood cabinets? This isn’t a common color for wood grain anything but it is a wonderful color that can go well with almost any kitchen. And who doesn’t love wood cabinets? 

Deep Greige Cabinets

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These cabinets are pretty spectacular but of course, it’s not the only thing that makes this kitchen rock. The warmth the kitchen radiates proves that you can use grey, in the form of greige, to make a kitchen inviting.

The warm granite and silver appliances are also a good example of how you can blend both tones when using neutral colors. And remember, chrome is always in style if it always brings you joy. So never cancel it out.

Keeping Things Light Greige

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Overall, this kitchen seems to have fairly light tones. The floors, the countertops, the crown molding. Everything seems lighter than the other greige kitchens that we’ve seen. But have you looked at the cabinets?

They are medium in color, which is accentuated by the lighter walls that are also a greige tone. It really is all about relativity when it comes to painting and decorating. Light is only light when against the dark. 


35 Stylish Ways To Work With Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Picking a color for a room’s décor is not as easy as it might think. Before you choose the color palette you have to pick a style and then you have to think about functionality.

Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Gray, however, is a very versatile color, able to adapt to a variety of styles and spaces. Gray kitchen cabinets, for example, look stylish in most situations and help give the room a balanced look.

Types of Cabinets to Add to Your Kitchen

With so many different types of cabinets for homeowners to choose from, the selection often feels quite overwhelming. Shaker-style cabinets are one of the most popular options, and they are often used in modern homes instead of more traditional cabinets. They are ideal for anyone who is looking to add plenty of cupboard space to a kitchen.

Glass-front cabinets are a popular option for anyone who wants to showcase their ornamental plates. You could choose glass-fronted cabinets with a gray border, and this will create a lighter effect in your kitchen. Other popular kitchen cabinet options include beadboard cabinets, flat-front cabinets, plywood cabinets, and natural wood cabinets. It’s all about finding a solution that fits with the design and space in your kitchen so that you have enough room to store everything you need to within the new cabinets.

The Color Psychology Behind Adding Gray to Your Home

The Color Psychology Behind Adding Gray to Your Home

The Color Psychology Behind Adding Gray to Your Home

Gray is a neutral and well-balanced color that can be added to your kitchen or any other room in your home. It is sometimes considered to be quite a moody and dull color and lacks emotion. This is why you may want to pair it with a bold and bright color if you feel like your home needs more brightness. However, gray is a timeless color that is practical to add to any space in your home. It’s very conservative and sophisticated and is known to bring a sense of security to homeowners.

During this uncertain time we’ve found ourselves in recently, many homeowners have selected gray for their home makeovers. This is due to the sense of security it can give you, making you feel more at peace every time you return home. Gray can sometimes make you feel more isolated or depressed, so keep this in mind when adding a lot of gray to your home. By mixing and matching different shades of gray, you can work to avoid this issue.

Beautiful Gray Kitchen Layout Design Ideas

1. Light Gray as the Main Color

Light Gray as the Main Color

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Light gray as a main color is very versatile and forgiving. It is true however that it can appear dull and boring in some cases but that can be easily avoided by introducing an accent color, as exemplified in this elegant kitchen designed by studio RS | MANNINO. The brass fixtures and little hardware details really stand out.

2. Pair Gray with White or Pale Blue

Pair Gray with White or Pale Blue

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Gray was paired here with other similar colors such as white and a very faint shade of blue. The island is oddly enough featuring the darkest color in all of the kitchen, except for the floor of course. The stainless steel appliances blend in very easily and all the fixtures suit the neutral theme of the space really well as well.

3. Use A Diverse Palette Of Materials

Use A Diverse Palette Of Materials

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There are many different ways to introduce grays in the kitchen. In this scenario, we have a traditional kitchen that has a fairly diverse palette of materials and finishes used in its design. The color of the walls is only slightly different that that of the cabinets and the backsplash does a great job at blending the nuances together. The island has a dark gray body which allows it to stand out. This is a design by studio Great Falls Construction.

4. Light Gray Cabinets and a Matching Island

Light Gray Cabinets and a Matching Island

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For this other traditional kitchen, a more uniform distribution of colors was chosen. We have light gray cabinets and a matching island. The walls are beige and the backsplashes are white which together with the rich-stained wooden floor and the other earthy accents add warmth to the space. The gray cabinets and the white countertops go really well together too. This lovely kitchen was remodeled by Andrew Roby.

5. Add Dark Grays to Create a Beautiful Kitchen

Add Dark Grays to Create a Beautiful Kitchen

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In case you’re wondering, darker grays can look beautiful n the kitchen too. The traditional overall design of the space feels fresh and stylish thanks to this subdued and fairly modern color palette. Of course, elements such as the wooden island and floor, the exposed ceiling beams, and some of the appliances and fixtures help to ground the space and highlight the style in a subtle yet effective manner. This is an interior done by Orren Pickell Building Group.

6. A Stylish and Modern Gray Marble Kitchen

A Stylish and Modern Gray Marble Kitchen

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I think everyone can agree that marble looks amazing in any kitchen. White marble in particular has a very stylish and modern vibe. You can see it here paired with a series of light gray cabinets and a wooden floor. It adds a refined and elegant touch to the design and it spices up the décor without being very bold about it.

7. Pair Gray Cabinets with Bold Accent Colors

Pair Gray Cabinets with Bold Accent Colors

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This contemporary kitchen introduces a really cool idea: that of pairing gray cabinets with a bold and contrasting accent color. In this case, that color is blue and comes in the form of a glass backsplash which cills the wall space between the two sets of upper cabinets and even continues onto the ceiling. Studio Sustainable Nine also introduced here a gray brick accent wall that blends in and stands out at the same time.

8. Use Gray as a Secondary Color

Use Gray as a Secondary Color

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Gray also makes an excellent secondary color or accent. A beautiful example is this contemporary kitchen by Atelierzero. It features a very beautiful color palette with unique nuances based on blue and gray. The walls and ceiling are white and create a clean backdrop for the beautiful furniture. In addition, the light wooden floor complements the cooler colors and turns this into a welcoming space.

9. Combine the Kitchen and Dining Area into a Single Large Space

Combine the Kitchen and Dining Area into a Single Large Space

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In a lot of modern and contemporary homes, the kitchen and the dining area are often combined into a single large space. That can also be seen in this eclectic apartment furnished by Coblonal Interiorisme. The entire kitchen is pushed against a single wall and has a living room-inspired vibe with a clean and simple look. The cabinets feature a nice shade of warm gray which goes really well with the intricate floor design.

10. Keep Your Kitchen Design Simple

Keep Your Kitchen Design Simple

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Simplicity is the key to creating a contemporary interior design. The kitchen created by ORKO Studio is the very definition of that. We love how pure and simple the palette of colors and materials was kept here. The thing that stands out the most is ironically the series of gray cabinets which lack any visible hardware or details.

11. Use Grays and Neutrals to Create a Black and White Effect

Use Grays and Neutrals to Create a Black and White Effect

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This looks like a black and white image but there’s no filter applied here. Instead, the space is decorated using lots of grays and neutrals. Despite this rather bland palette of colors, this is a very detailed design with lots of character and that’s mainly due to the finishes and textures used here by QUADRUM STUDIO.

12. Focus on Textures with Light Gray Kitchen Fixtures

Focus on Textures with Light Gray Kitchen Fixtures

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Another similarly simple and stylish interior was designed by Olga Paliychuk. The focus here was on light grays and the way in which they interact with textured finishes and other similar nuances. This kitchen has an airy vibe but it’s also inviting. The gray cabinets perfectly match the walls of the room which allows them to seamlessly blend in and make the space appear larger.

13. Match Appliances to the Cabinets

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Create a cohesive décor by matching the appliances with the cabinets

It’s so easy to find silver or gray appliances for your kitchen, so take advantage of these when you are redecorating this space. You’ll find they also create a modern and stylish aesthetic that will look great in any contemporary home.

14. A Country-Style Kitchen with Subtle Hints of Gray

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Very subtle shades of gray look good in country-style kitchens

A country-style kitchen can also benefit from the addition of gray. You’ll be surprised how well gray fixtures and cabinets go with a wooden kitchen, and the two offer a great contrast that adds more texture and color to any kitchen. You’ll find that gray looks great in larger kitchens and when it’s used as part of your kitchen island.

Pair Gray Cabinets With Warm Colors and Materials.

Gray can appear austere and cold compared to other colors, and in a room such as the kitchen, which is supposed to be warm and inviting, using this tone can be tricky. The key is to pair gray with warm materials such as wood and with bold accent colors such as yellow, red, or orange to squeeze out a bit of cheerfulness.

15. A Modern Dark Gray Kitchen

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Darker shades of gray tend to be more suitable for modern decors

For a modern and spacious kitchen, we recommend that you take a look at darker shades of gray. While black can be quite overwhelming for any kitchen, this is a great way to add a little more style to your home. You’ll also enjoy the contrast between the lighter appliances and countertops and the darker kitchen cabinets.

16. Pair Your Backsplash and Gray Furniture

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The backsplash complements the gray furniture beautifully

Don’t forget about your backsplash and furniture when you are redecorating your kitchen. These can either be matched to your kitchen counter or you could choose a color that works in contrast to highlight your gray kitchen cabinets.

17. A White and Gray Kitchen

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The white and gray combo looks great in modern and minimalist designs

White and gray is one of our favorite color combinations for a kitchen. It’s ideal for anyone who is looking to create a minimalist kitchen, and white helps to make the space feel lighter and brighter.

18. Use a Variety of Subtle Colors

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Eclectic kitchen featuring a variety of subtle colors

When it comes to decorating your kitchen, you don’t always have to use bright and bold colors as you may do elsewhere in your home. Use a variety of subtle shades, which will help to create a classy and timeless look that won’t need updating for many years.

19. Add Brightness to the Space with White Fixtures

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White adds brightness to the space and the gray gives it elegance

White fixtures are something that you may think would be hard to maintain, but they look absolutely stunning in a kitchen. They’ll help to make your kitchen feel even bigger, and you’ll love spending time in this bright and uplifting room in your home.

Keep the Palette Neutral to Let the Materials Stand out

In the case of a kitchen decorated with rich materials such as marble and some types of wood, too much color can be distracting. A good strategy is to keep the color palette neutral and simple to allow the materials to stand out.

20. Create Visual Contrasts with Darker Shades of Gray

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Opt for darker shades of gray to create visual contrasts

When you don’t have the largest kitchen space to work with, we recommend thinking about creating a contrast to add more interest to the room. This kitchen takes darker kitchen cabinets and pairs them with silver appliances for a modern and stylish kitchen makeover.

21. A Smooth Transition from Gray to White

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The transition from gray to white is really smooth with such a light shade

If you are opting to use different shades or colors in your kitchen, make sure you make the transition as smooth as possible. This will create a more visually attractive kitchen space and won’t be too overwhelming on the eyes when you enter the room.

22. A Tiled Backsplash with Dark Grout

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The dark grout on the tiled backsplash complements the cabinets

You probably haven’t given much thought to the grout in your kitchen. However, by using a dark grout with bright white tiles, you can create a modern and stylish look for your backsplash. It keeps well with the theme of the room and will offer you an area that is easy to clean if you are cooking in front of the backsplash.

23. A Tiled Backsplash with Dark Grout

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In the case of a darker shade of gray, you can use this rocky beach tone on the walls

Your walls are a great place to add extra texture, and we love how the rocky beach tone adds more interest to this space. It’s a good way to add more color and pattern to your kitchen without it being too overwhelming.

24. Add Modern Lighting and White Accents to Brighten Up The Kitchen

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Brighten up the gray accents with lighting and white accents

Don’t forget about your lighting when you are redecorating your kitchen cabinets. This will help to create a space that you enjoy cooking in during any time of the day, and illuminate the beautiful cabinets you’ve just added to the space.

25. A Glossy Finish to Make Your Cabinets Stand Out

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A glossy finish can make the gray cabinets stand out more

Choosing a finish for your new gray kitchen cabinets can completely change the look and feel of the room. For a modern and funky kitchen makeover, we love these glossy gray cabinets which really make them stand out from the rest of the room.

26. Choose the Palest Shade of Gray

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This shade of gray is so light it’s barely noticeable and it looks great on a white background

If you have never used gray in your home before, don’t be afraid to choose a very pale shade. You can use this as a good way to transition from white to gray, and in the future, you can always opt to add darker elements when you are feeling more daring.

Use Light Shades for a Bright and Open Look

If you want to make the kitchen look bright and spacious, a dark shade of grey used for the cabinets may not be your best option. Opt instead for lighter shades and paint the walls white. This way the décor will be bright and airy.

27. Add Bold Green Accents

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Complement the gray kitchen cabinets with bold color accents such as green

You might be surprised by this color choice to add to your gray kitchen, but we love this funky splash of green that’s added to the room. Add small accessories and chairs in a contrasting color to create a more modern kitchen aesthetic.

28. A Splash of Cheerful Yellow

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Yellow is also a cheerful tone that pairs really well with gray

Another fun color to add to your kitchen is yellow. It will add a splash of sunshine to even the darkest kitchens, making you feel like it’s summer all year long in your home.

29. Add Wood Accents to Warm Up The Room

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If it’s a dark gray, close to black, warm up the decor with wood accents

Sometimes, gray kitchens can feel a little sterile, so add some wood accents to make it feel a little warmer. This is ideal for homes that have a country or rustic aesthetic, as you’ll find it adds more texture to the kitchen and creates a cozy atmosphere.

30. Make Gray the Main Color for Your Kitchen

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Make the gray on the cabinets the main color for the kitchen

As you can probably tell, we absolutely love gray kitchen cabinets and decorations. For this reason, why not make gray the main color in your kitchen? Almost any part of your kitchen could be painted in this color, so don’t be shy to use gray anywhere you fancy.

31. Add Gray as an Accent Color

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Or use gray as an accent color meant to highlight only certain elements

However, if you aren’t quite ready to go all out with a gray kitchen, just opt for smaller accents. You could just choose one part of your kitchen to make gray, such as the cabinets, walls, or floor.

32. Match the Cabinets and Marble Countertops

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The color of the cabinets can match the marble countertops

The cabinets and marble countertops can easily be matched, with pretty gray countertops that look stylish and classy. You’ll find these countertops easily hide dirt and are easy to maintain and clean after use.

33. Match Your Fridge to the Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Match Your Fridge to the Gray Kitchen Cabinets

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Your fridge is one of the biggest additions to your kitchen décor, and so you’ll want to ensure it doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb. We love this setup from Wayfair, which adds a silver fridge, cooker, and microwave. You’ll find that this creates a modern and stylish aesthetic with your new gray kitchen, and it matches well with these light gray cabinets. They go well against the white walls, creating a light yet modern kitchen design.

34. A Minimalist White, Green, and Gray Kitchen

A Minimalist White, Green, and Gray Kitchen

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While this kitchen from Sharyn Cairns Design: Fiona Lynch primarily follows a minimalistic design with a gray and white color scheme, we love the addition of pastels. While the green cabinets are still quite muted, it adds a splash of color and a bold statement when it is paired with the other colors in the kitchen. Your eyes are instantly drawn upwards to see the green color of the cabinets, which ensures the room still seems light and modern. This would work with any pastel color, but we think green and blue are perfect options to pair with a gray kitchen.

35. Glossy Modern Gray Cabinets

Glossy Modern Gray Cabinets

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One of the best things about gray cabinets is that the color works with any cabinet material. These glossy modern gray cabinets shared by Oppein will look great in any contemporary apartment or home. You’ll find that even though they use a slightly darker shade of gray, they don’t look too dark or gloomy due to the glossy material they are made from. You can mix and match different sizes of cabinets to create your perfect kitchen setup. These smaller cabinets fit around the sink area, so you won’t have to worry about them dropping too low and you hitting your head.

As you can see, there are so many great ways to add gray kitchen cabinets into your home décor. Kitchen cabinets come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes, so regardless of your current kitchen décor, you’ll have no issue finding a solution to fit your needs. Make sure you think carefully about the shade of gray you add to your kitchen, especially if this is your first time using this color in your home. You’ll find that by using a variety of different shades of gray, you will create a light and modern aesthetic that will offer you a space that you and your family members will love spending your free time in together.

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Defying The Standards – Custom Countertop Height Kitchens

One size fits all rarely works, even when talking about furniture or other home-related products. Countertops are a good example. The standard height for a kitchen counter is 36” off the floor.

Countertop Height Kitchens

Countertop Height Kitchens

While that may be OK for some people, in a lot of cases the counter can either be too low or too high. After all, we’re all different so why should we settle for something that doesn’t fit? Since industry standard heights don’t work for everybody, the natural solution to the problem is a custom countertop height that’s tailor made for the person or persons using it.

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If you want to design your kitchen from scratch, take measurements and always consider custom options
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The standard counter depth is 24” and the distance from the counter to the upper cabinets is usually between 15” and 20”
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In case you have an island or a U-shaped kitchen, make sure to leave some circulation space between of at least 48”

But what if several persons are using the kitchen and their heights differ quite a bit? There’s a practical solution for that situation too. Multi-height counters are a great solution for families or shared kitchens. They basically feature various surfaces with different heights so everyone can feel comfortable when using the kitchen. Another advantage for this type of design is that it’s especially great for multi-functional kitchen islands that also work as bars or dining tables.

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You also need to leave some counter space on the side of he stove or fridge of at least 12”
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Kitchen islands with table extensions often place the table at a lower height for more comfort

A bar-height table work well in combination with bar stools but is not the most comfortable option for a breakfast nook or table. A counter placed at a lower height brings down the eating area to a more comfortable level and can be used in combination with regular dining chairs. Multi-height countertops also bring another idea to the table. They allow the user to physically separate functions. As a result, the dining counters can be differentiated from the prep areas, the cooktops and the baking counter and they can each be designed with the right height for the purpose they serve.

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Premade cabinets are designed for standard height so keep that in mind when planning the design of your kitchen
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Multi-height counters can be incorporated in the design of a custom kitchen island
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Choose the height of the counter based on the height of those using it most often or based on the purpose it will serve
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That’s a pretty clever way of making two different countertop heights work without wasting a lot of space
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Although custom countertop heights are mostly beneficial, they also present a few disadvantages

Here’s how you can figure out the right height for each area: prep surfaces need to be 3”-4” below the elbow so you can easily and comfortably chop, slice and dice. The cooking surfaces need to be 5”-6” below the elbow to avoid splashing hot oil at face level. Then there are also the low-level surfaces such as the area you use for rolling dough or kneading bread. These should be 8” below the elbow.

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One of the disadvantages is that a custom countertop height can pose problem when replacing appliances or getting new ones
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So take into consideration all the details before opting for a counter with custom height. It’s not always the most practical choice
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It’s usually easy to incorporate a custom-height counter when designing a kitchen with white quartz countertop. If the counter is too low, you can raise the island
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Take into consideration the thickness of the counter when designing a custom kitchen. Not all counters are alike
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If you want a multi-height counter, you can differentiate the functions by using different materials or colors
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There are various different ways of making multi-height counters work
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L-shaped designs are a practical option and they also help delineate the functions in the room
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The height of the counter often also dictates the distance between the counter and upper cabinets.

So the standard countertop height is 36” off the floor. The height, however, can sometimes vary from 35 1/2” to 37” so don’t take this number for granted. It depends on things like the thickness of the counter or the height of the cabinets. A below-average countertop height is 32′‘. One above average is 38”-39”. A wheelchair countertop is 31”-34” high and the usual kitchen island height is 42”.

What are the most popular countertop materials?

There’s a lot of different options to choose from when it comes to the material from which your kitchen countertop is made and you’ve probably heard about most of them. Each has its own unique particularities and its own pros and cons and making the right decision is always subjective. It’s best to have a good idea of all the available options going shopping and we can help you with that.


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Granite was and still is the go-to countertop material for many people. It used to be more popular in the past before other more cost-efficient options were developed and today it’s more of a statement material.

Granite countertops are very strong and durable, require very little maintenance, they withstand heat very well and there’s a lot of different color variations to choose from. At the same time, they’re very expensive, difficult to install and can crack and stain if not properly sealed or under stress.


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Marble is also an iconic material when it comes to countertops and it’s often associated with elegance and luxury. Because no two pieces of marble look the same, this means each countertop is unique. There’s lots of different types of marble and a lot of them are very expensive but there’s also budget options too, Carrara marble being one of them.

Marble countertops are resistant to water and heat and they’re also very beautiful. They are however expensive, they require professional installation, they stain easily and can can also be scratched easily.


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Quartz countertops are not actually made of solid slabs. They’re made of engineered stone which contains a high percentage of quartz particles and other materials which is shaped into slabs. They have a very clean and pristine look and they’re similar to marble countertops in that sense.

Quartz countertops can be custom-made in any size or shape needed, they’re resistant to stains, heat and acid, easy to maintain and easy to install. At the same time they’re very heavy and quite expensive as well.


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Lately soapstone has become a modern alternative to granite and is a material with a dark gray color and a smooth and silky texture. It ages over time and develops a patina and it’s also a natural stone which gives it a distinctive look.

Soapstone countertops and fairly resistant to stains and heat but not as much as granite or marble. They require professional installation and need to be treated with mineral oil and they can also scratch and dent easily.


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Wood is one of the most versatile materials out there and it can be used not just for the kitchen cabinetry and shelving but for the countertops as well. It has a warm look and feel and it suits a variety of different styles.

Wood countertops can be very durable and they last for a very long time. They do however require proper maintenance and must be oiled and sealed frequently. They also scratch pretty easily and they can suffer water damage and they can get stained plus bacteria can also become a problem.

Stainless steel

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Stainless steel countertops give off a very professional look in the kitchen. They’re also very suited for contemporary and industrial decors and they offer many advantages. For example, stainless steel countertops are extremely durable and they’re resistant to heat and water damage and they have a natural resistance towards bacteria. However, they can be easily scratched, they’re cold and noisy and they’re also very expensive.


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Concrete has become a very popular material for a lot of contemporary home interiors. It gives off an industrial vibe and it’s very versatile overall. Concrete countertops can be fabricated to any specifications and can have custom shapes and sizes.

Concrete countertops are highly resistant to heat and scratches but they’re porous and can be damaged by water. They also stain easily, they require regular maintenance, they can crack over time and they’re difficult to install.


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Laminate countertops are extremely popular which can make them seem perhaps a bit too common and mainstream. The reason behind their popularity is a combination of factors such as their low maintenance requirements, the numerous different colors and finishes available, the low cost and easy installation.

They do of course have some disadvantages as well such as the fact that they get scratched easily, they’re difficult if not impossible to repair and they always have visible seams.

Butcher block vs granite countertops

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Some of the common types of countertops can seem quite similar but also have notable differences and unique particularities. A common dilemma is whether to choose a butcher block countertop or a granite one.

First of all, let’s define each one. A butcher block is made of different cuts of wood that are assembled and joined together to create a strong and sturdy surface. They can be made of different types of wood such as maple, walnut, red oak or cherry for example.

There’s also different types of wood grains to choose from. Closed-grain wood is very smooth while open grain is more porous and textured and not as great in the kitchen.

End grain is made of numerous small square blocks joined together and is the strongest and most durable type of all.

Edge grain is the most common one because it’s both strong and affordable. It’s made from long wooden slabs.

Face grain is made of long wooden planks and is the least sturdy type.

Granite is a bit more difficult to analyze because there’s no standard way of assessing its quality and It’s up to each retailer to come up with their own grading system. We can however usually distinguish between 3 main types which are the commercial or builder grade granite, the mid-grade type and high-quality granite.

These types are all fairly similar with a few minor differences. High-quality granite is more rare and usually also has rare patterns and colors. In terms of physical quality however all three types are generally the same so the distinctions are based mostly on looks.

Both butcher block and granite countertops have pros and cons. Granite for instance is durable and low-maintenance, it’s resistant to heat, scratches and stains and it comes in many different colors and patterns. At the same time, since granite is a natural stone it can have imperfections and if it gets damaged that usually means a professional needs to be called in which can be quite expensive.

Butcher block countertops on the other hand add a warm and cozy feel to the kitchen. They’re also friendlier to your knives since they’re not as harsh as stone but that also means they get damaged more easily. They can get scratches and stains with relative ease but it’s not the end of the world because most can be fixed at home using only sandpaper and oil.

When it comes to maintenance, granite and butcher block countertops are quite different. On one hand, the wood countertops require more maintenance and need to be oiled regularly to prevent moisture from getting into the wood. This however is easy to do and doesn’t need professional assistance.

On the other hand, granite countertops are low maintenance and usually only needs to be sealed once.

Marble vs Granite countertops

Marble vs Granite countertops

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Another common comparison is between marble and granite counters. It makes sense since granite is the most common type and marble is fairly similar to it in many ways. They’re both natural stone materials but marble is a metamorphic rock made of limestone while granite is an igneous rock made from a combination of elements or grains.

The most obvious difference between these two materials is their appearance. Granite has a grainy look due to its composition. These specks can be of different colors based on the composition of the granite so there’s many different variations to choose from.

Marble on the other hand is known for its smooth and unique patterns or veins. Marble is fairly uniform and the colors is typically concentrated in these veins which give each piece a unique look.

If we’re to compare these two materials based on durability, granite would be superior. It’s harder and more resistant to chips and scratches. Of course, both materials are resistant to heat but not resistant to stains since they’re both porous materials. They also both require proper maintenance and sealing.

In terms of price, marble and granite countertops are once again fairly similar. Granite tends to be a bit lower but there are of course exceptions. Rare types of granite can be more expensive than marble and vice versa.

Quartz vs granite vs marble

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There’s another material that we often contemplate for our kitchen countertops: quartz. It too is quite similar to both granite and marble which can put is in a dilemma. So how does it compare to these two other materials?

Well, first of all quartz countertops are engineered surfaces and not solid natural stone slabs. This already means there’s more styles and types to choose from compared to marble and granite. Some quartz countertops have a speckled look similar to granite and others replicate the look of marble.

Quartz countertops contain a resin which is susceptible to heat damage and that means they should not be exposed to it. High levels of heat can melt the resin and leave permanent marks on the counter. In this sense, marble and granite are superior.

In terms of price, quartz is comparable to both granite and marble but tends to be a bit more expensive than these two. The higher cost however comes with a few advantages such as the fact that quartz is a non-porous material and more resistant to stains than the other two materials. It’s also durable and comes in a wide range of styles and colors.


Concrete Countertop Sealer – DIY Guide

We are always trying to make our kitchens look as nice as possible. Remodeling a kitchen adds more value than remodeling any other room. This is because of the impression they make along with the components of a kitchen.

What Is Concrete Countertop Sealer

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The components of a kitchen are very expensive compared to those in other rooms. People care much more about having an expensive kitchen than they do about other rooms. And the focus is always on the countertops. 

While most people will have laminate, granite, or marble countertops, you can have concrete countertops too. This new trend is very attractive and the quality all comes down to how well the countertops are sealed. 

What Is Concrete Countertop Sealer?

A concrete countertop sealer is a protective coating that you apply to concrete countertops to make them last longer and even look better. They come in many forms and don’t alter the color of your concrete as a stain does.

Related: Give Your Kitchen a Facelift with the Best Epoxy Countertop Kit

Do you know what else stains concrete though? Food, drinks, and anything else you may place on your countertops. A concrete countertop sealer will prevent these types of stains from ruining your countertop.

Concrete is quite porous so it is important to keep it well-protected. Without sealer, anything can seep into the pores and wreak havoc on your amazing countertops. So never use concrete countertops without a sealer. 

Best Concrete Countertop Sealer

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Although there are many different concrete countertop sealers that work fine, we are going to offer you two options that we know works well firsthand. These two products are all you need to seal your countertops. 

Never use products that aren’t made for natural stone or ones that are dangerous to eat around. These include polyurethane and other similar formulas. Never use polyurethane on your countertops.

Miracle Sealants 511QT6 511 Impregnator Sealer

This miracle sealant really is a miracle. It can work on almost any natural surface and offers a great bit of protection, indoors or outdoors. So even if you have outdoor kitchen countertops, you can use this sealer.

The only thing that people tend to not like about this sealer is that it is invisible. This seems like a good thing but there are cases when you want to make your countertops shine too, not just be protected. 

AFM Safecoat Acrylacq Gloss

When it comes to getting a shimmer that glimmers this is a great option. Oftentimes, both this topcoat and the Miracle Sealant are used. Because the Miracle Sealant has amazing protection and this one looks great.

The Safecoat also offers protection but people usually buy it for the gloss that it adds. You will not find a better concrete countertop sealer that does more than protect your countertops but makes them look ten times nicer. 

If you only want to use one sealer, then use this one if you want your countertops to be shiny and the other if you only want protection. But if you can afford both then use both because they’re a dynamic duo. 

How To Seal A Concrete Countertop

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When it comes to sealing concrete countertops, all you really need to know is how to read. If you can read the instructions on the bottles of sealer then you can seal your concrete countertops. But just in case, we are offering a small tutorial.

This tutorial will take you through the few steps it takes to seal concrete countertops. You’ll find out that it is easier than you might think and that you can have it done in a week’s time when drying time is included.

Step 1: Gather Sealer

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We’ve already talked about the two primary sealers for concrete countertops. For our concrete countertops, we used both sealers. We started with the 511 Impregnator Sealer and then did the Safecoat Acrylacq. 

You can use your own concoction of sealers or find one single sealer that you feel will do the job well. But if you are looking for recommendations, these two sealers work together to create a sight seal and a glossy bond.

Step 2: Apply Sealer

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After you have the sealer ready you can follow the directions on the bottle and slowly apply it to the countertop. Start by getting a separate container to use and carry it around with you. Then a soft bristle brush for applying. 

Avoid using cheap sponge brushes for this job. Or any job really. Invest in a good set of soft bristle brushes made for projects like this. As for the container, it really doesn’t matter as long as you can hold it comfortably. 

Step 3: Wipe Counter

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Let the sealer sit for five to ten minutes then wipe off the excess. To be honest, the countertop may look a little dark and strange at this point, but that’s okay. It will dry to its natural color with this sealer.

Concrete sealer does darken as it ages, but this takes a long time. Your concrete won’t lose its natural color for quite a while and definitely not after the first application unless you buy a sealer with stain. 

Step 4: Dry And Wait

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Now it’s time to wait. You need to let the sealer dry for a day, or 24 hours. This is just for the first coat. You can apply as many coats as you want but it is difficult to tell how many you need, even after you apply them.

To be safe, if you are using a second sealer, then apply two coats, allow the first to dry for a day before applying the second. Or however long it says you need to wait on the bottle of the chosen sealer. 

Step 5: Apply Second Sealer

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This sealer works very well as a top coat and can protect the countertop against damage. Pour some of this onto the countertop directly and get to work. You will immediately notice a shimmer despite the milky texture. 

This sealer will dry clear and you will be shocked at what it looks like when it does dry. If you see bubbles when you apply this sealer, then brush them away with a brush wet with sealer. Try not to leave bubbles.

Step 6: Let Dry

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Now let this dry for eight hours or however long it happens to say on the package. You’ll notice that it doesn’t take as long to dry because it is thinner than the other sealer. But after you finish, there is a longer wait time.

You can always wait for longer than it says on the package but you can’t wait for a shorter amount of time without problems. Climate does matter but just to be safe, wait the extra hours. Only good can come from it. 

Step7: Sand And Repeat

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You can add as many coats of Safecoat as you want, just make sure that you lightly sand between each coat. As for the last coat, sanding is optional. If the countertop is the texture that you want it to be, then leave it. 

If you want a super smooth countertop use very high count sandpaper. If you want a rougher texture more like stone, then use low count sandpaper. Or, go with the naturally smooth texture of the unsanded sealer. 

Step 8: Let Dry And Finish Up

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It may only take eight hours for the sealer to dry but it can take up to three days for it to fully cure. So make sure you let it cure before using it unless you want to have problems later. These problems include two things.

The first thing that can happen is chemicals seeping into your food which is very dangerous. The second thing is the counter being easily scratched or stained, which will ensure you have to do touchups. So give it the three-day wait time. 

Do The Concrete Countertops Need Resealed?

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Most of the time, concrete countertops do not need to be resealed, especially if they are well taken care of. If you have had them for over a decade, then there’s a good chance by the time that decade rolls around, you can add another coat.

Usually, you can just clean the countertop and add another topcoat. But if you want to stain them while you’re at it, then you’ll need to sand away the old sealer and apply the new coats after the stain has dried. 

Keeping Your Countertops Looking Nice

Keeping Your Countertops Looking Nice

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Maintaining your concrete countertops isn’t at all difficult. The first step is to clean them every single day with an all-purpose cleaner. It can also be important to keep them dry which is helpful with any type of countertop.

There are many things that can stain the sealer. Stains on the sealer are rare but keep them away when you can. So spray with the all-purpose cleaner, rinse with a clean rag without cleaner on it, then dry it well.

Keep in mind that stains on concrete sealers are very rare and hardly ever happen. But it is always best to keep surfaces clean to give them their best chance at having a long and beautiful life in your home. 


White Kitchens are a Great Choice No Matter Your Favorite Design Style

White kitchens — homeowners love them while some designers have grown tired of them and are ready to move on. That said, they are still wildly popular just about everywhere. There are lots of reasons why white kitchens have endured and will continue to be popular — from their design versatility and marketability to their association with cleanliness. No matter what style of all-white kitchen you choose, it’s important to keep in mind that the kitchen design layout is still the critical feature.

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At a basic level, any kitchen will fall into one of these five kitchen design layouts:  u-shaped, galley style, L-shaped, double L-shaped or a one-wall kitchen. Most of the time, the choice of a kitchen layout design is driven by the space that is available for the kitchen and how it can be arranged to meet the needs of the family while providing all the important kitchen elements that are required.

We found a stunning collection of examples designed by Showcase Kitchens of Long Island in Manhasset and Massapequa. All are white, beautiful and have a kitchen design layout that is far from boring.

White kitchen design layout ideas

Totally White Contemporary Kitchen Layout

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White kitchens are all the rage now and have been for some time. Of course, they were super popular in the 1990s and then fell out of favor for a while before their current heydey. What makes them so enduring and popular?  We asked John Starck, owner of Showcase Kitchens. “The not-so-recent trending of transitional design, after the popularity of the more ornate traditional design, offers a sophisticated and chic alternative to a primarily wood-based kitchen.  White kitchens give a sense of spaciousness as well as being a perfect palette for decorative augmentation, which homeowners seem to enjoy,” Starck says.

This particular combines a number of contemporary elements into a one-of-a-kind design, from the natural wood beams to the dark-colored countertop along the wall. The soaring ceiling sets off the globe pendants and the velvet upholstery on the bar seats adds a touch of softness. It’s a great example of how to meld different materials to spice up a white kitchen.

Elegant with a Touch of Glam

Elegant with a Touch of Glam

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Transitional kitchen designs with clean lines and a fresh vibe are ideal for using a white color palette. These are the types of decorating styles that themselves more naturally to an all-white kitchen, Says Starck. This white kitchen is a bit glamorous thanks to the pendants above the island and the chandelier over the table. The feeling is emphasized by other elements, such as the elegant accents on the cabinet glass. The way the quilting on the bar chairs picks up on the pattern of the backsplash. The dark wood floor and chair legs add depth and warmth to the space.

Updated Traditional Style

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With farmhouse, industrial and modern style trending, many homeowners prefer a more classic traditional look. That said, today’s traditional kitchen designs are not your mother traditional kitchen style. This kitchen has plenty of traditional elements from the coffered ceiling to the moldings and overall classic look, but it still has lots of fresh flair. The dramatic and rich looking marble backsplash behind the cooktop and the updated classic lighting fixtures are just a couple. These homeowners extended their white kitchen style into the dining area where there is a handy and comfortable bench as well as plenty of closed storage.

Kitchen Neutral and Natural

Kitchen Neutral and Natural

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Even among people who love a mainly white palette in the kitchen, not everyone wants absolutely everything to be white. When spicing up white kitchens, certain elements will provide more bang for your buck, says Starck. “When it’s a white kitchen, it’s easy to introduce contrast.  Usually, center islands or backsplashes behind the range are a great place to highlight the clean look of white and can act as a focal point as well,” he explains. This particular kitchen has a large island whose base is a different color. This type of contrast is a bit softer because the color of the wood is more muted, which fits with the more laid-back, natural style of this home.

Super Family Friendly

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Unlike white carpeting and upholstery, white kitchens are totally family-friendly. In fact, their clean look makes it easier to spot areas that need cleaning. Here, the kitchen incorporates a bench seat on one side, which eliminates the need for a much larger table that can accommodate family with more children. The separate table is also easily replaced, as the family grows and changes. The set-up is also perfect for children to homework or other activities while meals are being prepared and still be close to mom or dad.

Sophisticated Style

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At the other end of the formality spectrum, white kitchens can be quite sophisticated as this one is. While the basic cabinetry is similar to other kitchens, the difference emerges in the detail that are included. Stylish sink hardware, an elegant tray ceiling and dual chandeliers take it to the next level of refinement. Additions such as the chairs help determine the vibe, and these upholstered stools with studs and hardware add a lot of style.

Cheery and Eclectic

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Starck says that a limited budget need not define how great the kitchen looks. “Appliance choices can help set the tone of a kitchen.  Many appliance brands have a high-performance, luxury aesthetic with a more modest price point. This would be a great way to maintain a high-end look while watching the budget,” he says. This particular kitchen upgraded its stove with a high-end brand that elevates the entire design. Together with the updated lighting fixtures, the entire space has a luxe but casual vibe.

Marvelously Modern

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In a demonstration of how a white kitchen is always a good idea, this design is modern and a little eclectic. “There is no occasion where a white kitchen will not work unless the client prefers something different. Ultimately, taste is very personal, which includes color preference.”  This kitchen has a white background blended with some dark wood on the island and wall unit. The lighting is where the personality of the homeowners really shines, with two fixtures highlighted in neon yellow and a third over the table an artful, unexpected style.

An Old-School Feel

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An all-white is the perfect backdrop for a more old-school kitchen like this one. Elegant crown moldings and a curved cornice above the cooktop are ideal highlights for a more traditional design. Note the gorgeous marble countertops, especially on the island which is a different color. The serene palette is punctuated not just by the island top but by the industrial light fixtures above the island and the sink.

Today’s Style of Transitional

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Plenty of people aren’t really ready to commit to a more modern kitchen but they still want a space that feels fresh and up-to-date, so transitional design is a perfect compromise. This space combines traditional elements with fresher parts like the updated lighting, bar stools and materials used for the backsplash and countertops.

Casual Serenity

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White kitchens lend themselves to creating a more serene space. This kitchen combines white and gray elements and the result is stunning yet with a very Zen feeling. In addition to the tile backsplash, the gray barstools and dining chairs add contrast without introducing a more vibrant or contrasting color.

Contemporary With Some Shine

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White kitchens have been popular on and off for quite some time, certain elements can make them feel dated. “Shaker door styles tend to be overdone,” Starck says. We’ve been doing more crafted doors by adding detail to the door profile. We’re increasingly adding more metal into projects in trims, door profiles and molding.

A Focus on Accents

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Of course, there are those people who think that all-white equals boring. “There are probably unlimited ways of adding visual interest,” Starck says. “For example, by introducing metal into the door style. Homeowners can be creative with lighting, hardware, flooring and other decorative elements that personalize a white space,” he adds.

Here are more examples of fabulous white kitchens from a variety of other designers that illustrate the different types of kitchen design layouts that you can choose.

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Traditionally styled with a bit of glam, this kitchen uses details and accents to create a distinctive look. From the hardware and metal strip along the edge of the countertop to the curved wooden accents,  this design is all about the details. The neutral patterned interior of the glass-fronted cabinets keeps them from looking too stark. Something like this is great inspiration for a section of any larger kitchen.

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When it comes to minimalist white kitchens, they can be streamlined and sleek without being boring. Bauformat’s kitchen layout design manages to hide most of the critical functional elements and appliances behind the cabinetry, which has no hardware to spoil the look. The appliance cubbyholes keep often-used items handy while the backlit, honeycomb-design backsplash adds interest without adding color or disturbing the serene vibe.

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Depending on the size of the space, many of the kitchen design layout options can be customized to add even more workspace. This large all-white kitchen is L-shaped in basic layout, but the extra space allowed for the addition of a second island with a prep sink and loads of countertop space. Being able to stand between the two and cook provides more than enough workspace around the cooktop. We love the minimal addition of color from the greenish stone island tops.

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Small spaces can present kitchen design layout challenges but one way to make them feel more open is to go with an all-white design. Skewing toward minimalism can also help things feel less cramped. Shenton Architects designed this small kitchen with enough sleek closed cabinetry to hide most everything but incorporated some open shelving for display and frequently used items like glassware. This also keeps the kitchen from feeling too boxy.  

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While this transitional kitchen has a very standard layout, it is a good example of how details are super important in an all-white kitchen. Elements like the paneled columns and the glass sections on the upper cabinets add interest and still keep with the all-white theme. Adding some textural elements like the natural wood in the stools and the flooring warm up the space and the pendants help emphasize that.

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Both farmhouse and industrial elements can be found in this transitional all-white kitchen. Working from a classic u-shaped kitchen design layout, the space has a number of elements that have made farmhouse style so popular: white subway tile, open shelving flanking the sink and some shiplap-style detail on some of the cabinetry. On the industrial side, the range hood and pendants lend some edge to the space.

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Hands down, a white kitchen is a fabulous option when it comes to creating a modern, minimalist kitchen. Working from a basic l-shaped kitchen design layout, this example has enough elements that add interest and warmth that it does not at all feel stark or uninviting. Firs, the natural wood flooring goes a long way in making the space feel warmer. A couple of black elements like the oversized range hood and the bar cabinet break up the long expanse. Super wide drawers and the architectural window add some fresh differences to this all-white kitchen.

If you really love an all-white kitchen, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have one. You can find countless great examples of white kitchens that are still fresh and relevant that not only will you love living with yours, but down the road, future buyers will likely love it too!


Keep Up With The Waterfall Countertop Trend – Looks That Inspire

The waterfall countertop trend is really strong right now so it’s about time we talked about it in more detail.

Waterfall Countertop

Waterfall Countertop

A waterfall countertop is easily recognizable by the fact that it drops vertically down the sides instead of stopping abruptly at the edge of a cabinet or island.

By doing that it creates a continuous flow and links the floor to the cabinetry in a fluid and natural manner. The impact that a waterfall countertop has on a kitchen (or a bathroom) can be observed on multiple levels.

What Is a Waterfall Countertop?

What Is a Waterfall Countertop

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Waterfall edges are design elements that create a 90-degree angle at the end of a countertop’s length and width. Rather than merely terminating with a completed edge, the countertop extends down the edges and towards the floor. The “waterfall: name derives from the design of the countertop, which appears to be “pouring” off the edge. 

A waterfall countertop, though it might look out of place in a traditional home, provides the strong, clean lines that are essential to a contemporary kitchen. 

The sides of a vanity can be effortlessly connected to the walls or the floors in the bathroom by a beautifully flowing expanse of stone with a smooth finish. Furthermore, because natural stone is impervious and moisture-proof, it is an excellent option for a steamy bathroom environment.

What Material Can I Use for a Waterfall Countertop?

Naturally, there are different materials that you can use to make waterfall countertops, with some being more popular and others being new additions that can still give lovely end results. While stone is the most common choice, there are other options out there, so let’s take a look at what you can get from each of the available materials. 


Granite has always been the go-to-choice for countertops because the advantages are simply too good to overlook. Granite has a very high heat-resistance, is strong and will last a long time, requires almost no maintenance when properly treated, adds value to your home, and you get to choose between more than 3,000 colors and types.

However, granite is pretty expensive, very hard to install by yourself, and the naturally porous surface or granite demands a sealer to prevent stains. 


A quartz countertop is essentially an engineered stone product that comprises up to 93 percent quartz particles, combined with some other minerals. Because it is nonporous, it is more resistant to scratching and staining than granite and may be found in a wide spectrum of colors.

As far as waterfall countertops are concerned, quartz can be a good choice because DIY installation is possible, the surface itself will be easy to maintain, and quartz slabs rarely have any imperfections. However, quartz is expensive and quite heavy. 


Marble waterfall countertop

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Marble is yet another natural stone that is frequently utilized in kitchen countertops. The distinctive features of marble will make each waterfall countertop unique but note that this is a material that people tend to run away from because it is easy to scratch and difficult to repair.

For waterfall countertops, DIY installation isn’t easy at all, which makes marble a less desirable choice in spite of benefits such as heat proofing, waterproofing, and unique veining. 

Wood/Butcher’s block

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Wood waterfall counters have a wonderful, warm appearance and are available in a variety of hues and finishes to complement any décor. Hardwoods are most frequently utilized as countertop woods because of their durability.

Waterfall countertops made from wood are easy to clean, can be resealed as needed, and are great for adding a country look to your space. However, they are more prone to damage compared to countertops made from other materials. 


If you have countertops that are in strange forms, or if you want a kitchen that is truly one-of-a-kind, concrete countertops may be a wonderful option for you. In order to accommodate their great weight, concrete countertops are typically made in molds right in your home’s kitchen.

Despite the fact that concrete is susceptible to cracking, new solutions are being developed to mitigate this problem. With the use of additives, the porousness of concrete can be minimized.

If you want to install waterfall countertops yourself, it won’t be possible. Also, custom work with concrete costs quite a lot of money. However, the surface will be sophisticated, heat and scratch resistant. 


When it comes to giving your kitchen a truly contemporary and industrial style, stainless steel is a terrific option. Countertops made of stainless steel are heat resistant and long-lasting. Because they are built to your requirements, you can have a countertop that is completely seamless.

If you’re thinking of choosing metal for your waterfall countertop, know that this material is expensive to make and is prone to scratches. Some of the benefits include ease of cleaning and high resistance to heat damage. 


Surfaces such as laminate sheets are bonded to a particleboard (MDF) core to create countertops. It is possible to purchase pre-formed segments of laminate countertops or have them custom-fabricated to specifications, so if you want a waterfall countertop made with laminate, you’re going to have to place a custom order.

Although laminates have traditionally been viewed as less luxurious than premium countertop materials, they have recently had a resurgence in popularity. The downsides with choosing laminate for a waterfall countertop include visible seams and added expenses with making the custom edges. 

Pros and Cons to Waterfall Countertops

If you’ve decided to give your kitchen a new look and you’re not sure if waterfall countertops are the best solution, let’s take a look at the advantages and drawbacks of these products:


  • They offer variety. You can choose from materials such as travertine, quartz, granite, marble, and even wood (which recently entered the waterfall countertop market). 
  • They are unique. There’s no disputing that a waterfall edge can be a show-stopping focal point in any kitchen, and there’s no arguing that a waterfall edge can be both attractive and functional. Using waterfall edges to break away from the usual hard-edge style is a unique way to stand out from the crowd.
  • They are durable. With children, dogs, and guests in your house, the corners of most kitchens are prone to being battered and damaged. Since the waterfall edges are constructed of robust material that extends around the corners, you will avoid unsightly scratches and scuffs.


  • They are more expensive compared to other options. The manufacturer will require additional materials and will charge for additional labor as a result.
  • They aren’t a good DIY project. Know that installing a waterfall countertop is a time-consuming operation since it requires the two pieces to be mitered precisely in order for the seam line to be as undetectable and continuous.

20 Inspirational kitchen designs featuring waterfall countertop trend

Sleek white marble

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Waterfall countertops have a sleek and minimal look which makes them a particularly good option for contemporary interiors. Their strong and clean lines would look out of place in a traditional or farmhouse kitchen but they’d fit nicely in a modern or contemporary bath.

Double kitchen island with wood waterfall countertop

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The role of a waterfall countertop is not only to establish visual continuity between the floor and the worktop but also to hide appliances, to protect the cabinetry and be eye-catching and dramatic from a visual point of view.

Kitchen island with open shelves

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Also, the waterfall design allows you to show off the material of which the countertop is made and to basically elevate an ordinary island or cabinet to a whole new level, turning it into a piece of fancy and sophisticated furniture. It’s such a simple feature that makes such a big difference overall.

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Considering this dramatic impact that waterfall countertops have on the interior design, the material usually chosen for them is one that makes a statement. That usually means some sort of natural stone. Marble, granite and quartz are all great options and lately concrete and wood started to stand out as well. The last two offer an extra advantage: they’re DIY friendly and considerably cheaper than the others.

Marble waterfall with leather cabinet doors

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A waterfall countertop is an important focal point for the entire space it’s in, be it a kitchen or a bathroom. It’s a centerpiece which puts on display the beauty and uniqueness of the material it’s made of but which can also put an emphasis on texture or color.

Modern kitchen with different accents

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It’s usually the fluidity of the counter which impresses the most, the fact that it drops down like a waterfall and that it goes all the way down to the floor. The verticality of the surface is an unusual detail and the transition from horizontal to vertical has to be as smooth and as fluid as possible in order for the waterfall effect to truly be successful and worthy of attention.

Marble waterfall countertop and built-in appliances

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You can witness the minimalism and beauty of the waterfall countertop in this remodeled kitchen which has a chic island with wooden storage spaces and built-in appliances and which is wrapped in a crisp white counter which drops down both sides.

Live edge wood

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A waterfall countertop doesn’t always drop all the way down to the floor. This one, for instance is made of wood and ends with an asymmetric cut that showcases the live edge of the panel.{found on dwell}.

Island with seating – for large families

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In addition to the aesthetic advantages of a waterfall counter, there are also practical details to take into consideration. The most important one of all is the fact that waterfall counters are easier to clean in comparison with the regular kind.

Small kitchen island 

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If you’re planning on having a countertop made out of a material which you love the waterfall design allows you to put an emphasis on it and to make the material stand out more. Of course, that means a considerably higher price.

Extension of the island and waterfall wood countertop

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The waterfall design can also be adapted to suit kitchen islands which have a raised bar extension or which feature two different heights or materials. This is how such a design could look like if you were to have an island which blends marble and wood and which has a built-in bar.

Dark marble countertop

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When working with marble, the tricky part is to perfectly line up the pattern when creating a waterfall counter. The veining has to line up if you want to put an emphasis on the fluidity and the continuity of the design.{found on timberworx}.

Over the kitchen island hood

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Making it look like the counter molds onto the island as if it’s fluid is not easy. It takes a professional to get it right, especially when working with materials like marble or natural stone in general.

Natural wood kitchen island countertop

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Wood is a more forgiving material, one that’s more accessible to DIYers compared to stone. Of course, that doesn’t mean anyone can make a waterfall countertop, even if wood is the material of choice. In fact, creating a fluid a continuous design can be pretty tricky even if you’re working with a single huge wood slice.

Reclaimed wood

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Reclaimed wood makes things a bit easier. Imperfections are viewed as quirky features which add character to the counter and make it look special and unique. Similarly, certain types of wood and certain finishes are easier to work with from this particular point of view.{found on antoniomartins}.

Stainless steel kitchen countertop

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Stainless steel is also an option. It’s a great counter material because of its antibacterial properties and the fact that it’s easy to care for and to clean. A waterfall design puts an emphasis on the polished and shiny nature of the counter.

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The thickness of a waterfall countertop can vary a lot. This one, for example, is quite thin and that gives it a sleek and lightweight appearance as opposed to a think counter which looks very solid and heavy.

Concrete countertop

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Concrete countertops are DIY-friendly, just like those made of wood. In fact, concrete may even be easier to work with than wood in this context. It’s also a great counter material with lots of great advantages to take into consideration.

Minimalist kitchen design

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A waterfall design is a perfect choice if you’re planning to have a kitchen island which can double as a bar of breakfast table. The counter can be like a shell which extends beyond the width of the cabinet, almost as if it’s an independent feature.

Luxury kitchen layout

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Marble is sophisticated, elegant and classy so what better way to put the spotlight on it than with a waterfall island counter? Since the material is the focal point, the design of the island can be minimalist and focused on practicality.


Give Your Kitchen a Facelift with the Best Epoxy Countertop Kit

Epoxy was first introduced to the public during the 1900s by a group of Russian chemists. In 1927, the first attempts to synthesize epoxy were made in the US.

 Best Epoxy Countertop Kit

 Best Epoxy Countertop Kit

Its various uses were mainly in the marine industry and, today, it has become a very common material for home renovations. Epoxy is often used for countertop refurbishing in kitchens and bathrooms across the US, which is why we’ve dedicated today’s article to help you find the best epoxy countertop kit.

Top 3 Picks

Best for Kitchen: Giani Carrara White Marble Countertop Paint Kit

The Giani Countertop Paint is one of the best products that you buy if you want to transform your kitchen countertops into a beautiful and long-lasting surface.

Best for Bathroom: Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit

Countertop Transformations is an easy-to-install product that gives your old bathroom countertops a new look. This kit comes with various tools and materials to complete the job.

Best Budget Option: Clear Table Top Epoxy Resin

This product is ideal for staining and protecting wood, bar, and tabletops. It creates a glossy surface that is durable and looks great when fully cured.

What Are Epoxy Countertops?

Known for its high-quality adhesive properties, epoxy resin has been used in various industries for a long time. Epoxy resin is a versatile material that can be used for various applications. It features a high-quality structure and strong adhesion.

When you want to choose the “easy way out”, you can opt for quartz, granite, or laminate countertops because you can purchase premade slabs that are relatively easy to install. You don’t get that benefit with epoxy. It is, rather, a sort of refinishing substance that you purchase in the form of a kit and then use to repair an existing material.

It’s true that there are premade epoxy countertops that you can purchase but the price is considerably higher and not suitable for people who are on a budget. Customers frequently install an epoxy countertop over another one with a worn-out material, which is commonly wood, ceramic, or concrete. This results in a bright, glossy coating that protects the surface beneath.

Pros & Cons to Epoxy Countertops

When you want to give your kitchen a new vibe, epoxy is a material that can go a long way in making you feel like you’ve bought new furniture. Naturally, there are ups and down to epoxy countertops, so let’s talk about them:

Pro: Works with a variety of countertop materials. Because of the resin’s longevity, epoxy countertops are often the go-to choice for many people for refurbishing projects. It can withstand scratches and stains just as well as other surface materials used in the kitchen. This material can even withstand the majority of typical home chemicals found in cleaners without losing its shine.

Con: Epoxy doesn’t pair well with marble or granite. Although the epoxy restoration technique may potentially be used on granite and marble, there are superior ways of refinishing that can restore the shine of these materials. The purpose of applying epoxy in the first place is to restore the original appearance of your countertops after installation. Because of the unique nature of marble and granite, they do not require repair, but you may consider utilizing them if you have a resin-based counter.

Pro: It provides a heat-resistant surface. One of the biggest benefits of having an epoxy countertop in the kitchen is its excellent heat resistance. Naturally, you can’t just place a hot pan on your epoxy countertop and leave it there forever because the heat will still destroy the initial layer, but the multiple layers of epoxy do a great job in protecting your counter.

Con: There is VOC released during the curing process. When epoxy cures, it creates a non-toxic surface that you can use to prepare your food. However, the chemicals that come together to form the hard, durable end result do include some volatile organic compounds (known as VOCs). When you’re pouring and waiting for epoxy to cure,  make sure there is enough ventilation in the kitchen to allow the VOCs to dissipate. You should avoid utilizing that area for approximately a week following to verify that it is free of this possible contaminant.

Pro: Epoxy surfaces are very easy to clean. If you’ve decided to install an epoxy countertop in your kitchen, you may use nearly any cleaning agent on it without fear of harming it (with the exception of abrasive products which can produce minor scratches). That means you’ll always have a safe location to prepare food or go about your regular activities. Because it provides a nonporous surface with a range of fundamental materials, mold and bacteria development is minimized with this choice.

Con: Preparing the surface is time-consuming. If you’re determined to refurbish your countertops using epoxy, you must first prepare the surface accordingly and this process takes up quite a lot of time. To guarantee that no stains remain, your countertops may need to be carefully sanded. The majority of your room will next need to be covered with plastic to protect it from leaking and probable VOCs released during the application procedure. It also takes around 24 hours for the surface to cure before you can use it, and this could be a problem when you have to prepare food and you can’t use any of your countertops.

What to Consider Before Buying an Epoxy Countertop Kit

Epoxy seems like a great way to protect your countertops but there are a few things that you should know before buying a countertop resurfacing kit:

  • Even if it has many different applications, epoxy can be used to repair or protect already existing surfaces. It is suitable for use with all types of laminate and composite countertops, as well as stone, concrete, or wood. You also have the possibility to pour a completely new countertop made with epoxy if you feel that works best for you.
  • A few things spring to mind while contemplating application ease. Some of the best products that fall under this category have a relatively low viscosity level, which means they flow easily and level themselves. They’re considerably easier to utilize as a do-it-yourself project, especially if you’re trying epoxy for the first time.
  • Since you will most likely need to apply a second coat of epoxy to your countertop, cure time is a key issue. Rapid-drying epoxy resins may require 4 to 6 hours before applying a second coat, but most experts suggest allowing the surface to dry for a full day. DIYers will most likely have to wait about 3 or 4 days before they can utilize the countertop. Even so, experts recommend using it sparingly because a full cure might take anywhere from 7 to 30 days, depending on the substance.
  • When fully cured, epoxy resin has a high-gloss sheen that is resistant to water, ordinary wear, cracking, and scratches. While a pan fresh from the oven might burn it, it usually withstands heat well enough to allow cups carrying hot liquids to sit on it. Resistance to UV radiation in sunshine varies, however, this may not be an issue depending on location. If the countertop will be exposed to the elements, you can either purchase resin with UV protection or a coating of UV-resistant urethane varnish. Note that not all epoxy countertop kits are designed for outdoor use, so if you’re looking to renovate your outdoor kitchen, pay close attention to this specification before buying a certain product.
  • When set, epoxy resins are nontoxic (because they’re theoretically an inert plastic) but they’re not always FDA recognized as food safe. Many goods do comply with the appropriate certification, so keep this in mind if the planned usage is for a kitchen countertop.
  • Epoxy countertops are very resistant to moisture and stains, making cleaning a breeze. When possible, clean up spills immediately away. If a towel and warm water aren’t enough to erase the stains, try a little dish soap. You want to use a white cloth when cleaning these surfaces to prevent the color of the fabric from transferring to the surface. Acetone and glass cleaner can be used to remove more persistent stains. Another option is to dilute baking soda with water. Bleach should be avoided since it can discolor epoxy. Never use abrasive cleaners since they can leave microscopic scratches on the surface, causing it to dull over time.

How to Use an Epoxy Countertop Kit

You should know that an epoxy countertops kit generally comes in the form of a bottle or box with a product that you apply to your kitchen countertops per the manufacturer’s directions.

There are many different varieties of epoxies, but they all mix hardener and resin to create a transparent, long-lasting solid. As a first seal, typical instructions call for saturating the countertop material with a thin coating of epoxy. With this process, you can avoid bubble formation as you apply more coats of epoxy on top. However, this isn’t as easy as it may sound.

Installing an epoxy countertop using a kit is a meticulous process and every step needs to be carefully followed if you want to be satisfied with the result. An epoxy countertop kit can be installed in different ways and the manufacturer’s instructions should always be the first thing you consult. Today, we’re going to give you a general tutorial on how to use one of these kits.

The list of materials and tools needed for the project includes:

  • 80- and 220-grit sanding sponge
  • Drill
  • 4 x 1-qt. Cups
  • 2 x paddle mixers
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • 2 x 2-gallon buckets
  • Trim router
  • Plastic sheet
  • Spray bottle
  • Orbital sander
  • Oscillating tool
  • 2 x 6-in. 3/8-in.-nap roller sleeves
  • Painters tape
  • Wiping cloths
  • 6-in. paint roller
  • Brushes

Once you have all these materials next to you, here are the steps to follow:

  • Epoxy bonds well with rounded edges, which means that you can use a router with a round-over bit in a horizontal position to create a front rounded-over edge.
  • Use all-purpose body filler to cover seams and gaps. If you have a particle board left exposed when cutting or routing, make sure to fill it out and smooth it as well.
  • When all these gaps have been filled, proceed to sand the surface to make sure everything is smooth. Use 60-grit sandpaper for this process.
  • Tape plastic to the floor underneath the counters. Roll the plastic over the bottom edge of the cabinet, and then tuck it in the toe-kick.
  • Have all your materials prepared because timing is everything when pouring epoxy. As you apply the primer, the race begins.
  • This primer is a must-have for any epoxy project. Mix a couple of parts into a small bucket and roll it on the counters. Once the old color is gone, apply more primer.
  • The primer should cure for about an hour. To avoid staining, mix the metallic powder into the highlight epoxy.
  • After about an hour, the primer is tacky and won’t leave residue on the surface. Mix the base coat with a clean, non-slip cloth or a glove. Pour the resin over the top of the counter, and then spread it around with a rolling pin. The goal is to create a layer that’s as thick as possible.
  • Use a thin line of leftover epoxy to push the front edge of the counter. Once the base coat is even, move the base coat around or add more epoxy.
  • Drizzling the highlights is a great way to add a little bit of color, but make sure to keep them balanced.
  • By using a brush and dragging it across the top, you can feather the highlights for a beautiful end effect.
  • The metallic powder and isopropyl alcohol solution give a more natural look to the epoxy. You can use the isopropyl alcohol and spray it across the surfaces to give the countertop a more natural stone-like appearance.
  • Pay close attention to the counters in the upcoming hours and remove any epoxy drips as they occur. You’ll also need to remove the masking tape that’s holding the epoxy in place. Once the counters are ready, start filling them with the remaining epoxy.
  • The next day, prepare the counters for the protective topcoat. This is usually done around 20 hours after the pour so that the bond will form and the epoxy has time to cure. Sand out any dust nibs you find on the counters using 220-grit sandpaper.
  • Mix the two-part coat and apply it to the surface. Roll the coat over the top of the surface. Use the backsplash as your guide. Once the counters are completely cured, pull the roller to the front edge.

Best Epoxy Countertop Kits

Giani Carrara White Marble Epoxy Countertop Kit

Giani Carrara White Marble Epoxy Countertop Kit

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Giani Countertop Paint is a three-step process that will transform countertops made with cultured marble, ceramic tile, Corian, Formica, laminate, and others, into a beautiful and durable surface. The Giani Countertop Paint Kit comes with all the necessary tools and supplies to properly coat and protect your kitchen countertops. This product is safe for interior use and doesn’t emit a strong odor since there are no VOC emissions. The kit also contains an Epoxy Resin Topcoat product to create a beautiful finish that’s resistant to everyday use.

Giani Countertop Paint Kit

Giani Countertop Paint Kit

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Another product by Giani is this countertop paint kit that comes with a paint sponge, a foam brush, a roller arm with pads included, 16 oz. of glitter topcoat, 4 oz. of bronze mineral, 6 oz. of Black Onyx Mineral, 6 oz. of Pearl Mica Mineral, and 12 oz. of IronCore Primer-Base Coat. This stunning black granite accent features a starry finish and pearl flecks. There are other color options to choose from, including white diamond, slate, Sicilian sand, and chocolate brown.

Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit

Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit

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Countertop Transformations is a simple and affordable way to transform a worn and outdated kitchen or bathroom countertop. It’s an easy and cost-effective way to give your countertops a natural look. This durable finish will not fade or stain. The kit is pretty generous too, as it comes with decorative color chips, wetting agent, adhesive base coat, protective topcoat, stir sticks, a diamond-embedded sanding tool, and a sanding block. The additional material’s list includes smooth painter’s tape, two synthetic brushes, two paint trays, a foam roller, a microfiber roller, protective sheets, and personal wear, and lint-free rags.

Clear Table Top Epoxy Resin That Self Levels

Clear Table Top Epoxy Resin That Self Levels

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This particular epoxy-based product is formulated to give a smooth finish and minimize bubbles. It is ideal for use on wood, bar, and tabletop surfaces. When fully cured, it creates a glossy surface that excels in durability and makes your kitchen appear brand new. If there’s any leftover material, you can always use it in your art projects. It is a food-safe product and delivers a self-leveling formula that makes it very easy to apply.

DIY Project Ideas for Countertops

Easy DIY Countertop Refinishing

Easy DIY Countertop Refinishing

Easy DIY Countertop Refinishing

Refinishing your countertops is another brilliant idea for those of you interested in DIY projects to improve your home. For this project, you will be required to invest in Daich Coatings Mineral Select SpreadStone Countertop Finishing Kit, but also a bunch of other tools and products, such as a degreaser, a sanding block, an orbital sander, and a power drill. Some other tools that you’ll need and most likely have around the house include a broom/vacuum cleaner, a power drill with a paint stirring attachment, and a dust mask.

How to Refinish the Bathroom Vanity Top with Epoxy Resin

What if we told you it is possible to remake your bathroom vanity tops for just $140 and it doesn’t take more than 12 hours. The project uses epoxy resin to refinish the vanity tops, as epoxy resin works with materials such as ceramic, concrete, laminate, or wood. Unlike the two former projects, this one is going to take more materials and tools, such as a propane torch, a drill, a sander, utility knife, chop brush, silicone caulk, painter’s tape, primer, and others.

Countertop Resurfacing with Metallic Epoxy

Countertop Resurfacing with Metallic Epoxy

Countertop Resurfacing with Metallic Epoxy

When it comes to DIY projects, some people feel that no written instructions or images could ever replace video instruction, so here is a YouTube video that teaches you how to resurface countertops using metallic epoxy. While some would argue that this is a more meticulous project, it’s definitely one that makes a mess.


How much does it cost to epoxy a countertop?

Kits designed to cover your countertops in epoxy can cost between $50 to $250, which means you can get really good products for around $150 to $180.

Do epoxy countertops scratch easily?

Epoxy is one of the most durable materials that you can use for a countertop and it will not scratch easily unless you plan on cutting bread directly on the counter instead of using a cutting board underneath.

Is epoxy good for countertops?

Yes, epoxy provides a lot of benefits when used as a countertop material, from its heat and scratch resistance to the fact that it can easily be cleaned.

Are epoxy countertops cheaper than granite?

Epoxy countertops usually cost around $45 per square foot. Granite prices also start at $45, but they can go as high as $225. Overall, that makes epoxy cheaper than granite.


With epoxy resin, you can transform an old countertop into a modern masterpiece. This material is durable enough to last for many years, and it can be used to make a new countertop that’s as beautiful as real stone. Since epoxy has become more prevalent, there are a number of different resins to choose from. This article will help you narrow down the options and find the right one for your project.


15 Reasons You Need A Farmhouse Kitchen Table

Yes, we know that farmhouse style is big right now. Nowadays, you can’t get away from chippy white paint and rustic wood accents no matter how hard you try. However, whether you’re totally on board the farmhouse train or more of a modern decorator, there is one element of farmhouse decor that can be used everywhere, no matter your style.

Farmhouse Kitchen Table

Farmhouse Kitchen Table

Namely, the farmhouse kitchen table. Everybody needs a good kitchen table for gatherings, projects, cooking, and even just breakfast. So while you’re looking, here are 15 reasons you need a farmhouse kitchen table in your life.

How A Farmhouse Kitchen Table Can Transform Your Home

1. A Farmhouse Table Is A Simple Place To Gather

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Farmhouse kitchen tables don’t have to be chippy and rough. A nice simple table, sanded and stained smooth as honey, can be just the gathering place your kitchen needed.

2. Farmhouse Tables Are Sturdy

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When you have kids living in the house, choosing furniture that can handle the rough and tumble is necessary. Farmhouse tables are often heavy and always well built. So when you find your child dancing on the tabletop, you don’t have to worry about collapse.

3. Farmhouse Tables Don’t Have To Be Expensive

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Don’t think you have to pay a big chunk for the perfect farmhouse table. With a little time and a little effort, you can find a beautiful kitchen table second hand. A great option when you deal with the knicks and dings that childhood brings.

4. A Farmhouse Table With X Legs Provides Extra Space

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Do you often cram a lot of people around your kitchen table? You need a farmhouse table with x legs. With the legs out of the way, you can easily slide more chairs up to the tabletop or even a bench to fit everyone comfortably.

5. Farmhouse Tables Come In All Types Of Wood

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Sometimes when homes are a work in progress, you have many wood tones to deal with. A farmhouse kitchen table with those various wood shades can help pull everything together so your work in progress looks more like a finished product.

6. A Farmhouse Table Doesn’t Always Mean Large

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Not all farmhouse tables need a large space. You can even find quaint circle tables to fit in your tiny kitchen or breakfast nook. Suddenly your whole tiny space will have some extra warmth.

7. Paint A Farmhouse Table At Any Time To Give It A Fresh Look

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Just because a farmhouse table is a little rough around the edges doesn’t mean it’s unusable. Cover that circle gem in a coat of creamy paint and you’ll have the perfect farmhouse table fix that everyone will be pining for.

8. You Can Build A Farmhouse Table Yourself

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Speaking of elbow grease, if a farmhouse kitchen table is rather out of your budget, consider building it yourself. When you have the woodworking skills, just find a plan that suits your space and your style and you can have a beautiful heavy kitchen table in a weekend.

9. You Can Restain An Old Farmhouse Table

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Do you already have a farmhouse table that’s looking a little shabby? Consider giving it a good sanding and restain it in a dark rich shade. It will feel like you bought a whole new table without spending over budget.

10. Farmhouse Tables Can Be Found In A Variety Of Styles

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In the best circumstances, you have some room in your decor budget to get your perfect kitchen table. While you’re shopping, look for spindle legs, wide planked tops, and added leaves. These seemingly insignificant elements are what will make your farmhouse kitchen table shine.

11. You Can Use Any Seating You Want With A Farmhouse Table

You Can Use Any Seating You Want With A Farmhouse Table

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Buying a farmhouse table, or any table for that matter, is already expensive enough. Not to mention you now have to buy chairs to go around it as well! The cool thing is, because farmhouse tables are so simple in nature, that you can often pair any sort of seating with them. You can also mix and match seating that you already have on hand with the couple of new chairs that you are able to afford. You can see an example of this in Fermontatlisi where inexpensive wicker chairs are placed around a farmhouse table along with some more simple green chairs that were probably repurposed from another set.

12. Some Farmhouse Tables Are Extendable

Some Farmhouse Tables Are Extendable

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One of the main reasons you are probably looking at a farmhouse table is because you have a large family. However, the small space in your kitchen can also be hindering you from purchasing that extra-large farmhouse table that you know you need for holidays. This problem isn’t new, and there are many farmhouse tables out there that are extendable and contain wooden ‘leafs’ on the inside that can be added to the table for easy expansion. Just take a look at this farmhouse table in Invential Design, where a drawer in the table contains the leaves needed to add extra seating for up to four people to the table.

13. You Can Build Or Buy Company Boards For Your Farmhouse Table

You Can Build Or Buy Company Boards For Your Farmhouse Table

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The problem with a farmhouse table that has a leaf or two to help it expand, is that there are often lines left running the table that can trap food. Not only that, but these tables need lots of hardware beneath them to be able to expand—which can take up precious leg space you may need. Delish solves this problem by offering company boards, or additions that you can build to add to the end of a table when company comes over. For those who are especially handy with a saw, it is also easy to design company boards for a farmhouse table you already have.

14. Farmhouse Tables Can Fit With Any Décor

Farmhouse Tables Can Fit With Any Décor

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Many people hold back on getting a farmhouse table for their home because they are afraid it won’t fit with their décor and they don’t want that country farmhouse style. But the truth is, a farmhouse table can fit with any décor! Whether you want something rustic, or more modern, a farmhouse table can accomplish both by just changing the seating. Don’t believe it? Check out this more modern farmhouse table on Sherri Cassara Designs with minimalistic seating.

15. A Farmhouse Table Can Be Used Inside Or Outside

A Farmhouse Table Can Be Used Inside Or Outside

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It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a table for the interior of your home or your back porch, a farmhouse table can fit into either place. And when it comes time to upgrade your farmhouse kitchen table, instead of throwing it away, consider placing it on your back porch instead. Farmhouse tables are rugged enough to withstand weather, while also making an amazing place to enjoy that summer evening meal, just look how great a farmhouse table looks on this back porch in My One Hundred Year Old Home.

Whether your family is large or small, likes to entertain, or prefers to eat alone, the farmhouse kitchen table is the one for you. Even though it is simple, a farmhouse table can work for you in any style of home during any season of the year and can be transformed and expanded as your family is. So when it is time to go shopping for your next table, don’t forget to check out and possibly purchase a farmhouse table!