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Originally Published on ashevillekitchentops.com


Versatile, economical, durable…

Laminate countertops have been around since the 50’s – and with good reason. They look great, they’re affordable, and they hold up for years under normal wear and tear. They also come in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures, and new lines come out on a regular basis.

Laminate also blends well with other surfaces – you can use laminate for the main part of your kitchen, then accent with an island or other featured top in butcher block, solid surface, or bamboo. Laminate is also versatile enough for other applications, including work surfaces, desks, laundry rooms, and home offices.

We offer over 600 laminate colors and patterns from two companies, Wilsonart and Formica . Our post form tops come in several edge profiles, or we can build a custom self (square) edge. A laminate top with a solid surface, wood, metal, or contrasting laminate edge can add an element of style to an otherwise plain countertop.

Laminate countertops are durable and low-maintenance. Clean up is simple – mild soap and water. Stubborn spots can be cleaned with ammonia or vinegar based glass cleaner. Abrasive cleansers or pads are not recommended for most laminates, and a hot plate or trivet should always be used.

Affordability, durability, and the wide array of textures, colors, and patterns combine to make laminate an excellent choice for many applications. It has been a favorite for years, and because of constant innovations and new designs, it will always be a popular choice for many homes.

How to Install a Butcher Block Counter

Originally Published on Thespruce.com on November 5, 2018 By Lee Wallender

Butcher Block Counters: Beautiful and Easy to DIY

Located in one of the most heavily used rooms in the house, kitchen countertops attract plenty of attention. So it makes perfect sense that you would want to get this surface right. Few countertop materials are as beautiful and long-lasting as natural wood. Not only that, wood butcher block counters are one of the least expensive countertop materials you can buy.

Butcher block counters have one quality that elevates them over many other counter materials: do-it-yourselfers can easily work with them. Bulky and hard to cut, quartz and stone countertops are best left in the hands of professionals. Even solid surface or laminate countertops, though easier to work with, are most often installed by the pros. By contrast, wood countertops are relative easy to fabricate, install, and finish on a do-it-yourself basis. Raw, close-grained butcher block slabs can be special-ordered from many home improvement and flooring companies.

Tools and Materials

  • Raw butcher block slab
  • Table saw or a circular saw equipped with a track system for precise long cuts
  • Mineral oil
  • Clean cotton rags
  • Long strips of cardboard and painter’s tape or 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch hardboard project panels
  • Utility knife
  • Oscillating electric sander
  • (8) 1 1/2-inch zinc-plated corner braces
  • (32) 1-inch brass Phillips drive wood screws
  • Cordless drill equipped with a Phillips head driver bit
  • Portable work light
  • Electric belt sander (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • One-by-ten board (optional)