Ideas for Countertop Trim

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Counter trim is too often overlooked as an opportunity to add a decorative accent to a room. If your laminate trim is falling apart or you just want to add visual interest to your bathroom or kitchen, consider doing something different with the trim. These easily accomplished ideas are creative and allow you to add your own personal touch.

Tiles

  • Small mosaic-style tiles are easily added around trim using thin-set mortar and grout. If you can’t find the right size of tiles for your trim width, larger tiles can be cut with a nibbler or a wet saw. A wide variety of mosaic tile types are available, including opaque, glass, iridescent and metallic. Try using two or more colors to create a pattern. It is best to mortar tiles to the wood sub-base, but it is also possible to mortar onto laminate if it is in sound condition and you sand it with coarse-grit sandpaper first.

Vintage Metal

  • Give your kitchen the look of a 1950’s diner with chromed metal countertop trim. The number of suppliers of vintage-style trim is small, but they do exist. Look for companies that also sell vintage bar stools and tables. Nail-on metal trim is the easiest to incorporate because it has a lip along one edge for hooking onto the top of the counter and nail holes along the center for affixing the trim with matching silver finish nails.

Paint

  • Previously existing laminate, tile or wood trim can be painted. Trim can be painted a solid color, or you can do decorative painting. If you want to do decorative painting, but are nervous about your artistic skills, you can use a stencil. Flowers, animals and abstract shapes are all things that can be stenciled onto trim. Laminate is sanded, primed with a bonding agent, painted with latex paint, and coated with polyurethane. Tile is painted with glossy, oil-based paints. Wood is also first sanded and coated with some sort of wood finish after painting.

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