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ArtP
Countertop alternatives?
ArtP

I'm in the process of redoing my kitchen using salvaged cabinets and new cast iron sink bought on clearance. Now for the countertop... I'd like a solid surface, but my budget says laminate. I don't want laminate!
I've thought of a concrete countertop, but thinking it would be easy to do it wrong and wind up w a disaster.
Latest thought is linoleum tile on plywood w oak frame. Anyone think this would work? Yes, I know it would have to be sealed well.
That poses another question... was planning on bamboo flooring... but would it be weird to have the counter and the floor of the same material? Maybe the same pattern but different tint?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
ArtP wrote:

I'm in the process of redoing my kitchen using salvaged cabinets and new cast iron sink bought on clearance. Now for the countertop... I'd like a solid surface, but my budget says laminate. I don't want laminate!
I've thought of a concrete countertop, but thinking it would be easy to do it wrong and wind up w a disaster.
Latest thought is linoleum tile on plywood w oak frame. Anyone think this would work? Yes, I know it would have to be sealed well.
That poses another question... was planning on bamboo flooring... but would it be weird to have the counter and the floor of the same material? Maybe the same pattern but different tint?

Why do you want to intentionally misuse materials? Do you really think it will be cheaper to waste money doing something wrong, and in all likelihood, cause damage in the process, to do something temporary and "cheap"? Tell me, how cheap are the materials you are suggesting over just installing a laminate top? I get that you don't want laminate, but you'd be far better off using it as your temporary surface than to screw around doing something completely and totally wrong.

Next question, how much more expensive is the solid surface you want, or can live with, over laminate? Why not wait another month or six to save up the money to do the project as you would prefer to have it?

Doing things wrong and "cheap" is never the way to go, as it is going to cost you even more later in collateral damage. Do it right the first time, be done with it, enjoy the finished product.:cool:

dj1
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dj1

ArtP,

I'm just as confused as Spruce...you say NO to laminate (aka Formica) - which is an acceptable counter top - and you say YES to linoleum (aka vinyl) ???

Vinyl has its place: it's called the trash. And it's only marginally suited for floors. I admit it, I've used it before on rentals floors, and it was fine for what I needed it for at the time, but you don't use it on counter tops.

Jeanne
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Jeanne

Why don’t you want laminate? Laminate countertops are very durable, come in countless styles and are the countertop in most homes. I am appalled that many home improvement shows have talked down laminate as being low end as if we now measure our status by our countertops.

I also like solid surface. It is pretty and easier to maintain than granite. If you really want it, save up a few months for it. Another alternative is wood. Ikea has some nice wood countertops for a reasonable price. You could go part solid surface, especially around wet areas, and make other countertops wood or butcher block.

Or, rather than tile with linoleum, tile with tiles that are meant for countertops. I personally do not like the upkeep of grout lines, but many make it work.

I agree with Dj– the only place vinyl belongs is in the trash.

ArtP
Who said anything about Vinyl?????
ArtP

OK, there's a few here who don't know the difference between Linoleum and vinyl.
What gave me the thought was remembering back to HS lab tables that were covered w linoleum, or something rather similar. Seemed to hold up well to everything but the occasional malicious pocket knife, and was easy on the glassware.) Plus the pattern goes all the way through so no worries about wear

What's wrong w laminate? just a personal niggle, but a lot of times I can see the dot matrix of the printed pattern, which bothers me. (Same goes for printed ceramic tile) Maybe in a few more years, my eyesight will go to the point it doesn't bother me any more... Oh, and the way it looks when the design wears off.

Tile was a thought, but it's hard on the china, and the grout lines are an issue.

Wood? That's definitely something to consider. Butcher block is nice... or plywood stained to match the cabinets.

And of course, waiting another year and skipping yet another vacation to save up for the countertop I'd prefer is another option.

Jack
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Jack

High school lab was probably covered with soap stone or a chemical- and water-resistant laminate. Linoleum is susceptible to heat damage like hot pans and not resistant to some household chemicals.

Jack

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

I think they used "Battleship Linoleum" sometime, too. It was very thick, (1/4") as some labs need a non-magnetic surface. Soapstone is magnetic.
Casey

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