Makeover or replace your laminate countertops

Laminate countertops are very durable and hard-wearing, which is why many older homes around the country still feature them in their kitchens, bathrooms and workspaces. However, decades-old laminate countertops can look dated even if they are still very functional, so what should you do – replace them or give them a makeover? Here’s some insight from the specialists in countertop edge profiles, Kuehn Bevel.

The pros and cons of a laminate countertop makeover 

Various hardware stores and craft supply stores offer paint specifically for use on laminate countertops. These kits are usually very affordable and come in a wide range of tints. Easy to apply if you enjoy light DIY work, these seem like a great option for a quick and easy countertop makeover.

However, these products can compromise the quality of your work surface and can’t offer the same durability as the original laminate surface. The coating is easily damaged by knives, it bubbles if exposed to water for even a short amount of time, and it wears off fairly easily in high traffic areas, so it needs constant maintenance.

Replacing your laminate countertop 

Laminate countertops are surprisingly easy and affordable to replace and, with the incredible advancements in design technology, they are just as beautiful as natural stone, wood and marble. Because they are lightweight and cut to fit your space exactly, they are quick and easy to install, which brings down your labor costs and means you don’t have to install new cabinets with extra support for heavy countertops. Precision-manufactured from quality materials, laminate countertops are even more hygienic, easy to maintain and hardwearing than their 1970’s predecessors, and come in a wider range of designs and textures than ever before. In fact, when paired up with custom manufactured edging, these countertops offer better value, style and durability for your money than any other countertop option – there are even eco-friendly options for homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Speak to Kuehn Bevel for custom designed laminate countertop edges and profiles 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative laminate countertop edging products for laminate, solid surface and wood countertops. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop edges, solid surface edging and Corian countertop edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

For more information about our countertop edge profiles, please contact us today and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers.

Custom laminate countertops and edging for unusual spaces

Today’s homeowners don’t just want to find a property – they want a home that matches their personality. From houseboats to funky apartments, these homes offer a unique opportunity to express your own character, but they can be a challenge too – especially when it comes to practical countertops. Here are some great ideas from the laminate countertop edging specialists.

  1. Choose a lightweight countertop: These days, lightweight doesn’t mean low quality, especially if you are using a premium laminate brand. Lightweight countertops are much easier to install than granite, marble or natural stone, which often require additional structural support in the form of more expensive, heavy duty cabinets. Laminate countertops can be easier to install on almost any existing cabinet – saving your budget.
  2. Go bold: Quirky countertops that are have lots of character suite small spaces, giving them impact and personality rather than making them feel like a forgotten space. A bright color, striking pattern or a high contrast against the cabinet and wall colors makes for an interesting, welcoming space. Laminate countertops are the most versatile in terms of design, ranging from classic wood and stone designs to solid, glossy colors.
  3. Have a uniting theme: Small and unusual spaces can quickly become overwhelmed if there are too many things going on in them. A unifying theme or aesthetic will keep the space visually interesting without letting it become chaotic.
  4. Practical and purposeful: Unusual spaces can be difficult to use, so every surface and space needs to be practical as well as attractive. Countertops need to be able to withstand heavy use, flooring needs to be waterproof and able to manage heavy traffic, and the space has to be easy to clean. Laminate countertops are exceptionally hardwearing, easy to clean and hygienic, requiring no special care, maintenance or harsh cleaning supplies.

Splash out with custom edging options to match your laminate countertops 

At Kuehn Bevel, we specialize in manufacturing high quality countertop edge options, including beveled edges for laminate countertops and Corian countertop edges, that deliver the perfect finishing touches to your design. Expertly manufactured to your specifications using a wide range of edging options and laminate products, we deliver a result that enhances your design, protects your countertops and looks great.

From laminate countertop edging and faux granite countertop trim to backsplashes and wood profiles, we do it all. Please contact us today and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers for more information.

The best ideas for your wall trim molding

Wall trim is the ultimate accessory for your home, adding a classic, creative touch that perfectly personalizes your space. Here are some great wall trim molding ideas for adding to any room in your home, from the kitchen to the bedroom.

  • Bottom ¼ of the wall: This is a classic way of adding trim to a wall. It adds a perfect divide for adding a second color to a wall, and adds immediate visual interest to a plain space. To keep this look balanced, match it up with your baseboards and add it throughout the room rather than on a single feature wall.
  • Paneling: A beautiful feature often seen in turn of the century character homes, wood paneling is timeless and eye-catching. Wall trim can be used to create the panel’s borders, while paint and additional trim can be used for filling it in and adding unique design touches.
  • Highlight built in features: If you have a room with built-in bookcases, a fireplace or any other specific feature, wall trim is a great and inexpensive way to highlight this feature and add visual impact. Choose a trim that matches the overall design you want to achieve, and think out of the box when it comes to size, shape and color for that extra personal touch.
  • Finishing your wainscoting: For a beachy, country feel, nothing compares to classic wainscoting. Wall trim will perfectly edge this off and add that essential finishing touch. One great idea is to edge it in a chunky, more visually dramatic wall trim in the same color as the wainscoting, and then use a more delicate trim ¾ up the wall to create a second divide to balance the design.
  • Modern doorway trim: Wall moldings may seem old-fashioned, but it’s all about how you use them. Delicate, elegant designs add visual interest to modern homes by drawing the eye towards great features. Using a similar design to your cornices, you can frame room entrances simply and effectively.

Wall trim molding for every home and every design 

At Kuehn Bevel, we work with all the major brands, from Formica, Pionite and Wilsonart to Corian and more, giving you access to the most extensive range of laminate patterns, textures and designs. With our technology and design process, we can offer a huge range of custom combinations and product styles, letting you have full control over how the finished product will look. We also offer custom designed laminate backsplashes for kitchens and bathrooms.

For more information about our wall trim options or speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us today.

 

4 qualities of the perfect modern kitchen countertop

The kitchen is definitely the heart of the home. No longer just for cooking, these spaces form the foundation of family life – from entertaining friends and loved ones, to gathering together for meals and conversation. Perfecting this balance means designing a space that is functional as well as attractive, and that means investing in the best countertops and kitchen countertop edges.

  1. They must be hygienic: Regardless of how you want to use your space, countertops need to be hygienic and easily cleaned in order to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. The best countertops are seamless, smooth and un-textured to prevent dirt and food particles from becoming trapped in the surface. They shouldn’t require the use of specialists or heavy duty cleaning products either.
  2. They must enhance your design: Whether you’re going for a retro 80s look or a modern, sleek and natural look, your countertops should be a main focus for your design. High-impact and highly visible, the different materials, designs and colors of different countertops can dramatically influence the outcome of your remodel.
  3. They must be durable: Kitchen remodels are a big project, and they’re certainly not inexpensive either. The countertops you choose must be able to withstand many years of regular use without chipping, staining or wearing. Kitchen countertop edging is important here, as it provides a strong protective barrier that supports the countertop.
  4. They must fit into your budget: Carrera marble may be a beautiful countertop option, but it’s simply not one that fits into most of our budgets. While countertops can be expensive, you don’t want to choose an option that will dramatically affect your budget for other key items like appliances and cabinets, as this will affect the look of your kitchen as well as how practical and enjoyable it is to use.

High quality laminate countertop edging for the perfect finishing touch 

At Kuehn Bevel, we specialize in manufacturing high quality laminate countertop edging options, including Formica edges, that deliver the perfect finishing touches to your design. Expertly manufactured to your specifications using a wide range of edging options and laminate products, we deliver a result that enhances your design, protects your countertops and looks great.

From the ideal Formica edges and faux granite countertop trim to backsplashes and wood profiles, we do it all. Please contact us today and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers for more information.