The Best Finishes to Use in Your Kitchen Rehab Project




Kitchen countertops can provide a design element to this essential room in your home, but they also have to act as functional surfaces in your chopping, dicing, cooking, and even cleaning endeavors.

When selecting a kitchen countertop, you must go through the categories carefully. First, you’ll decide what you want as a countertop. You can choose amongst granite, quartz, marble, and other options.

Once you’ve made this difficult decision, it’s time to focus on the finish of the material or the sheen of the surface. Keep in mind, the countertop finish will give the surface a specific look and feel, and it will also play a key role in how well the material performs. Ask yourself these questions:

-    Do you want to highlight the patterns or colors present on the surface?
-    Do you want to eliminate the visibility of stains, smudges, and scratches?
-    Do you want the surface to be less porous or more porous?

Once you know and understand what you want your kitchen countertop finish to be like, you’ll be able to consider your options. The three most popular variations include the polished sheen, the matte sheen, and the leathered sheen. Other sheens can be used. We’ll fill you in on the details of each finish option/selection below.

Polished Sheen

Polished sheens can be referred to as glossy finishes because of their mirror-like appearance. Polished countertops are excellent at hiding fingerprints and smudges, but they do still emphasize scratch marks and stains depending on the color you choose.

This standard finish selection does not come with any additional fees, and it is most commonly used throughout the world, as it’s available on almost all countertop materials. It’s widely known so much so that it’s become the standard go-to finish selection for contemporary kitchens.

What can make this selection more appealing? Well, it’s completely smooth surface is known to provide homeowners with the most durable result, which makes it perfect for hectic meal preparation areas. If you pick the ideal color variation, glossy sheens can also deepen and enhance the colors within.

Matte Finish

Matte sheens can be referred to as a honed finish, as it’s less reflective than polished sheens. The smooth surface is pleasing to touch, creating a soft and satiny feel for homeowners.

Luckily, this finish selection does not show scratches as quickly as polished finishes do; in fact, the product hides any flaws and natural imperfections that show up on the countertop.

Matte finish is more prone to staining, though, as the surface becomes porous once the sheen is applied. And, not all countertops can take a matte application, as the process to change the surface to this shade and color is vigorous. Often, fabricators have to buff or sandblast the surface to create the matte look, with not all colors and surfaces accepting the process. What’s more is that the process can be costly depending on the material (granite, quartz, marble, etc.) that you choose to do it to.

Leathered Sheen

Leathered sheens can be referred to as brushed or antiqued finishes. Typically, these surface applicators bring out the natural characteristics of the stone using a diamond brush. Fabricators are first required to hone the surface, then run the brush over the countertop to get the desired look.

Leathered finishes showcase a velvety, textured appearance for homeowners to indulge in. This gives a leather-like appearance to the kitchen countertops that doesn’t reflect light, bringing forward a rustic and natural look.

The countertops that take this finish very well are granite, quartzite, and soapstone. All pores of the stone will be sealed during this process, which can reduce the impact stains have on the surface. If you are using your kitchen countertops day-in and day-out, you may want to consider this option highly.

Flamed Finish

Flamed sheens are created when the fabricators expose the stone to excessive amounts of heat, causing the individual grains in the stone to burst. The burst of the stone creates a texture and color change. In the end, the countertop will have a rough feel to it, but the faded appearance will make the surface look more natural to the homeowner’s eye.

If you’re having a hard time picking out the countertop and finish/sheen you’d like to install in your kitchen, test it out first. Take home some materials and experiment with the surfaces. Place drinks on the sample countertops, spill sauces on them and try different cleaning procedures. If you get the experimentation out of the way, you won’t doubt your decision as much.

Keep in mind, though, that many countertop options will have to be sealed periodically to ensure protection and safety of your surfaces, especially if they’re granite. Other than that, pick out the option that suits your wants and needs and get started on your installation or re-installation project!

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