Whether you’ve just installed new kitchen or bathroom countertops or are renovating old ones, using a countertop edge molding creatively could just give it that truly individual flair you’ve been looking for.
The whole point about using a countertop edge molding is that by the very nature of it being a molding, you can make it fit into any design you desire. Your first decision needs to be whether the edge molding color will be a complement or a contrast to the countertop it will be used on. This is of course a matter of personal preference, but your decision might be influenced by the second decision you need to make; will the molding have a pattern to it or be plain?
Generally speaking, a beveled edge to the molding will give it that classic and sophisticated look, whilst a rounded or squared one will be less obtrusive and, it has to be said, easier to work with. Going back to colors, a single line along the middle of the molding in a color that contrasts the rest of the molding or the countertop itself can look very effective indeed.
Edge Molding Materials
Granite countertops remain incredibly popular, especially in kitchens, whilst at the budget end of the range laminates are both inexpensive and easy to work with. However, the material you use for the countertop doesn’t have to dictate what material you’ll use for the edging. These days you can still see wood edges on stone countertops or indeed vice-versa.
The range of materials you could use for the edging is pretty well limitless, however do ensure that whichever material you want to use for the edging can be firmly and safely fixed to the countertop material itself.
There’s no need for your edging to have to be smooth. If you want a textured edging made out of a stone or ceramic material, you can. These days you can even find textured leather being used as countertop edges.
If you should be using a wood edging on a wood or laminate countertop, don’t be tempted to nail it in place, use an adhesive instead. If you nail it in place you’re running the risk of water both seeping into where the nails were driven in and between the edging and the counter top.
Ask your DIY merchant which adhesive they recommend for joining the two materials you have in mind to make a perfect and water tight join.
Concrete Countertop Moldings
I guess the ultimate in countertop edge molding these days has to be the ones made using the very latest concrete technology.
Placing a form liner along the edge to be covered a smooth concrete mixture is poured into it; the form then immediately displaces the concrete forming the unique custom countertop edge. Straight edges are fairly easy to attain but a curved edge does require a little more skill and experience.
You can buy form liners that will help you to more easily make bull nosed, beveled and chamfered edges. Alternatively you could go for a more rustic ‘rough’ or brick edge.
Other decorative concrete countertop edge moldings that are available include: round end, cap stone and diamond cut shapes. Alternatively of course, if you really have a flair for working with concrete, you could always make your own form liner from timber or fiber glass.