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Countertops: Stainless steel, quartz, Corian and laminates are four good choices that don't have grout to scrub and never require sealing. Choose durable surfaces: Glossy quartz-surfacing countertops mimic the look of natural stone but are much easier to maintain. A simple edge profile will also help to reduce costs. Granite is an all-time favorite for its ease of care even if it does need occasional sealing.

from Better Homes and Gardens

Low-Cost Updates that Add Value

Like the metal shelf above the stove - should do that to get oil, salt, etc off counter space. Make sure it's deep enough...

from Remodelista

10 Easy Pieces: Remodelista Kitchen Countertop Picks

The thin flat top stainless steel countertops in a kitchen by architect Jerome Buttrick have an appealing modern look and offer a cost savings over the traditional practice of wrapping the counter edges.

from Retro Renovation

DIY stainless steel countertop: Linn installs a $3,000 countertop for $400

AHHH! I want this!! DIY stainless steel countertop: Linn installs a $3,000 countertop for $400 - Retro Renovation

from Classy Clutter

Increase the Value of your home with a Kitchen Update

Can't believe these gorgeous white countertops are laminate and look like marble at a fraction of the cost. Those jars and shelves are amazing! -


Beautiful commercial kitchen, the stainless steel appliances and shelves make the wooden countertops stand out and brighten up the entire commercial kitchen.

from Decozilla

Kitchen Décor: The Best Among the Rest

Cabinet color, granite & oil rubbed bronze knobs. Just like my kitchen...maybe repaint Grays on my Walls for a new color pallet!

from Remodelista

Steal This Look: A Low-Cost Kitchen for Serious Chefs

Tank Architects // House K // Minimalist Elegance in the Kitchen, concrete kitchen with stainless top and plywood shelves