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Apartment Therapy Kitchen Cabinets | A century ago, materials that have been getting used for kitchen countertops were an entirely different ball game from what exactly is getting used today. Through out my remodeling career I have torn out many a well used countertop from homes that have been built in the early 1900’s as well as the original nailed down countertop was still in position. I have seen tops which in fact had several layers of vinyl and after that someone had installed a laminate, like Formica, together with the layers of vinyl. Each new home owner had added the latest and best product which in fact had been developed for kitchen countertops.
Today it’s almost work in order to maintain all the new as well as recycled items that are getting used to fabricate countertops, especially because the GREEN PRODUCTS movement has really started to pick-up steam. Not only are companies using recycled glass but they are now using recycled paper and cardboard. Bamboo flooring may be out on the market for a long time now but are you aware that you can get bamboo countertops. Plus, one company is even mixing recycled post consumer paper with bamboo fibers to make their counter material. Scrap aluminum shavings is another material which is now being mixed with a resin to create, what I think, is probably the prettiest and a lot novel countertops in lots of years.