My wife wants a stainless steel backsplash. I think it would look too
commercial. You know, the Greasy Spoon where they grille right behind the lunch
Also she wants a stainless steel counter top. I never heard of such an animal
and if there was one, I'd think that in no time at all, it would be scratched,
dented, scraped and god knows what else.
Any opinions on these ideas?
this is actually one of the in looks recently. will you like it in 5-10
do you have s.s. appliances? if so, how do you like cleaning them? think of
doing a lot more of it. yes, it scratches. it probably won't dent if the
backing is done properly.
SWMBO wants it and *you're* asking for dissenting opinions? tsk, tsk.
Nevertheless, going where even angels fear to tread, consider the SS
sinks and cooktops and what they look like in a couple of years. With
proper care, they don't look too scratched, dented, or scraped. You're
probably thinking of your time spent in the greasy spoon as a youth and
what those countertops looked like, but then the schleppers weren't
exactly careful now were they? Scratches can be polished out, the dents
shouldn't happen in a household kitchen if the underlayment is sound.
Can't say as I'd like the reflective glare from the counter, but that's
controllable by light placement.
And, if SWMBO wants the 50's diner look, get a good thick SS.
Grandpa Koca - SAHD for 6 - Keeper of the Perpetual Kindergarten
My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked. It is price
SS countertops are used in commercial establishments because they are
completely waterproof, durable, seamless, sanitary, functional, easy to
clean, and heat resistant, and cushion the fall of dishes, etc. They are
also becoming popular in homes, but nowhere near as common as granite and
Advantages: heat resistance, durable, fairly stain resistant, easy to clean,
kind to falling dishes, can have ss sink blend in completely, or even
seamless molded look, with the countertop. Can look stunning with certain
textures, tiles, floors, cabinets, background.
Disadvantages: costly to fabricate, install skill-level has to be excellent,
will indeed scratch and get small dents over time, cannot cut on it, and
there is no easy way to remove the scratches. Still, some folks like the
satiny/dull texture that developes over time. Get lots of other info on
Google, enter phrase: stainless steel countertops disadvantages
You'll get both plusses and minuses from various kitchen decorating
Does your wife get to decide what color you paint the garage floor? Or
whether your new hammer should have a fiberglass or wooden handle? Does she
have any input as to which nail gun, Porter Cable or Bostich you need? Do
you ask her whether you should order your next set of tires on-line and
mount them yourself? Ok, then...
Reply, here, when the new backsplash and counters are installed.
Stainless counter tops were in some Levitt built homes in the 1950's.
Probably thousands of them were installed with an integral sink and some are
still in service. Very practical and easy to maintain.
Would I put them in? I doubt it from an aesthetics point of view, but if
you like the SS look, it can be done.
I've seen a backsplash done that way. It looked OK and fit in well with the
rest of the design. I guess it comes down to what you like. Or what your
wife likes. Or what keeps harmony that you both like.
I've seen both in the kitchen and bath magazines recently. I think a
backsplash might look kind of neat if you got one with some type of texture
to it. I saw one that had a quilted-type diamond pattern that looked kind of
neat. Too industrial for my tastes, but if you keep the overall design of
your kitchen in mind, it can work.
As for ss counters? I would skip it. Too easy to scratch, stain, mark
up...not for me.
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