Most people are familiar with granite, marble, concrete, laminate and Formica. These are some of the standard bathroom countertop materials that come to mind when you think of redoing your countertops.
So, what if you want something unique and different? If your goal is to break away from the cookie-cutter model of bathroom countertops, why not try one of these great alternatives?
Many of the following options will give you a one-of-a-kind countertop that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. As a plus, most are eco-friendly as well. Now you can show off a stellar bathroom countertop while also saving the planet!
Here are our five favorite alternative bathroom countertop ideas:
1. Salvaged Countertops
A quick Google or Pinterest search of salvaged bathroom countertops will flood you with unique ideas. You might find an old barn door, reclaimed wood, a vintage bar cart, or an old dresser that have been creatively re-purposed for the bathroom. You can pair these unique countertops with a vessel style sink, or adapt it for an under-mount sink.
Gorgeous and easy to maintain, glass countertops offer endless choices in style and design. The great thing about glass is that you can add color and texture to fit the overall design and style. Plus, the lighting with these sorts of countertops can be truly stunning. Eco-friendly options include recycled glass countertops that often feature a combination of your favorite colored glass, held together by a cement binder. These countertops are attractive, durable, and very unique.
Do you like the look of metal? Zinc is an attractive metal that delivers that industrial-style vibe that might fit in perfectly to your bathroom design. It’s a newly popular countertop material that’s loved for its malleability, allowing details and edges to be added with little effort. Finally, over time, zinc develops a patina. That means the color of the metal changes slightly over time.
4. Recycled Paper
You might wonder how recycled paper could possibly be a water-resistant countertop. But with the right additives, such as resins and natural pigments, this recycled material is sturdy and very durable. Another benefit is that this type of countertop comes in virtually any color under the sun. Although it’s made from paper, this material is reliably water-resistant and won’t retain any moisture or support bacterial growth.
5. No Countertop
What if the perfect solution was no countertop at all? Wall-mounted and console sinks don’t require any sort of countertop or vanity, which can make a huge difference in saving space. Large trough sinks are another great choice if you’re planning to go without.
But, if you decide not to include countertops in your bathroom remodel, you’ll need alternative plans for where to place a soap dish and other bathroom necessities. There are many bathroom storage options, such as shelving, recessed niches, or even a hanging storage caddy, that can help compensate for the lack of counter space.
Dare to be Different
If you’re ready to make the change, talk to your bathroom contractor about your countertop remodel! A skilled professional will be able to walk you through all the options and answer any questions you may have about the materials and how you can use them effectively in your bathroom.
Any one of these alternative countertop materials will jazz up your bathroom with a dazzling look that is anything but cookie-cutter.