8 Creative Uses for Countertop Materials
Did you know you can use countertop materials for more than just countertops? In this blog, we look at eight creative uses for countertop materials.
When you want to add value and character to your home, you can install brand-new countertops in your kitchen and bathroom. There are many kinds of countertop materials out there, each with their own aesthetic and benefit:
- Natural stone, like granite and marble, has a timeless look and lasting durability.
- Quartz comes in unique solid and patterned colors, and it’s resistant to scratches and stains.
- Ultra compact surfacing, or Dekton, offers unique UV resistance and exceptional strength.
- Solid surface has a seamless appearance and is available in nearly any color and tone.
But what if you could do more with this material? What if you could spruce up your home with marble fireplace surrounds, quartz furniture tops, or granite shelves?
Whether you have purchased countertop remnants or partial slabs, or you have leftovers from a recent project, you can repurpose the materials into something truly unique.
Here are eight creative uses for countertop materials that you can try for your home makeover.
Creative Uses for Countertop Materials: 8 Ideas
1. Elegant Tabletop
You use your table every day, so you want a material that’s durable. But it’s also the centerpiece of your dining room, so you also want something decorative.
Wood is popular for tabletops, but it’s prone to chips and stains. Plus, a wood tabletop may not fit your personality. You can take your tabletop to the next level with natural stone countertop material.
Natural stone is a great option for your tabletop because it’s easy to maintain and can withstand the wear and tear that naturally occurs from daily use.
You can choose a stone color and pattern that really speaks to you and your personality (so long as it appears in nature!). Perhaps you want a distinctive granite look or a neutral marble color. Any countertop material you choose for your tabletop will be a highlight of your dining area. Just make sure that you have a proper base to support the weight of the stone and that it is secured in place.
2. Stylish Kitchen Accessories
Another creative way to repurpose countertop materials is to turn them into kitchen accessories. You can turn a small piece of natural stone into unique kitchen accessories, including:
- Heat-resistant trivets
- Appetizer and charcuterie trays
- Cutting boards
Natural stone looks beautiful and is made to last, making it a perfect material for your kitchen accessories, especially compared to more fragile materials like plastic or wood. Plus, it can complement your kitchen countertops if you use the same material. If your material is 3cm, you may want to pay to have it milled to 2cm for ease of handling.
3. Decorative Stepping Stones
If you have natural stone pieces leftover from your countertop installation and aren’t sure what to do with them, consider using them as stepping stones. They’ll make a beautiful walking path for your garden or backyard area, and it’s an easy way to add value to your home. Plus, they won’t weather or erode, so you won’t have to worry about replacing them anytime soon.
4. Sleek Shelving
When you have smaller countertop remnants, you can always turn them into shelves. Small shelves work wonders when mounted on bedroom walls, where you can keep treasured trinkets and framed photographs. Bathroom shelving is also helpful for placing toiletries and decorations. Be sure to use proper wall brackets for support and to secure into the wall studs.
5. Lavish Fireplace Surrounds and Hearths
You can also use countertop materials to create a modern-looking fireplace. Natural stone materials like granite and marble are naturally heat resistant and durable, making them ideal for fireplace surrounds and hearths. Plus, their stylish looks will turn any fireplace into a work of art.
6. Modern Boomerang Coffee Table
Ever dreamed of having a boomerang coffee table? With solid surface materials, you can.
Solid surface sheets are typically made from acrylics or polyesters and can be thermoformed into various shapes to create an interesting base. This allows you to get imaginative with your coffee table, and a boomerang form gives you a modern look with versatile table space.
7. Attractive Wall Panels
Stone slabs also make for beautiful feature walls.
Granite or marble wall panels add sophistication and dimension to any room. They are easy to maintain and sure to make a unique design statement.
8. Custom Sinks
Lastly, consider using countertop materials for your sinks. A custom apron front or trough sink for your space update may be the perfect finishing touch. Talk to your fabricator about specifications to get a quote.
Now that you have some ideas for creative uses for countertop materials, you can add personality and character to your home using mostly remnant pieces. It’s a cost-effective way to make your space stand out and add value to your property. If you don’t already have partial slabs or remnants, schedule a visit to Eastern Surfaces and explore the possibilities!
Discover timeless countertop materials for any passion project at Eastern Surfaces. Request more information on countertop materials by contacting us.