I have a stainless counter top and back splash around the sink and
cook top. I would not go any other way. Get the brushed finish and it
doesn't have the scratch and fingerprint problems.
I had a metal fabricator build the whole thing in one piece (TIG
welded and buffed out) so there are no seams to hold dirt and water
can't get down behind the counter.
Be sure you bond this to the electrical grounding system.
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SS is used quite often in food service locations. Other than the slightly
industrial look (some would call that high tech) it would be fine.
I am not too sure about the copper.
Considering the price of metal today both will set you back more than tile.
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I would concur with the other replies....... SS (brushed finish)
would be a good choice.
Copper could work as well but would be much more maintenance & subject
to food interactions
(think tomato based mixtures' effect on copper bottom pans)
I love copper, but would not have it in my kitchen - soft, hard to
clean/polish (too often). We have glass for a backsplash behind our
cooktop and I love it. We had old metal tile and didn't want to tear
out the wall or install tile over it. Solution: sheet of laminate to
closely match rest of wall, contact cement it to the tile wall. Go to
glass shop, select a patterned glass, have it cut, edges ground, and
tempered. Due to the pattern, we had to install in upright and needed
two pieces to fill the width of the wall. Put both pieces in place,
rigged some braces with 2x4's to hold it and ran some clear silicone all
the way around to hold it in place. There is about a 4" formica
backsplash on the counter, so the glass fills the area wall to wall and
b.s. to upper cabinet. We put it in with the pressed pattern side
toward the wall, so the outside surface is smooth and very easy to
clean. It doesn't get hot, although some burners and large pots might
make it hot. The laminate was about $3, on sale, and the glass under
$60. I took care to seal the perimeter completely so that steam or
cleaning solns. don't get behind the glass. Much easier to clean than
any other surface and one could put a plain or patterned laminate or
even wallpaper behind it. The glass shop also made suggestions to
sandblast or use a colored glass...I'm surprised it isn't used more,
because it is so simple to clean. I don't like grout with spaghetti
sauce on it :o) There was also glass with wire inside that would look
pretty neat with stainless appliances.
One of the things Mrs. Nonny did in a past home that was
inexpensive and extremely neat, was to have mirrors put above the
kitchen cabinets, between the cabinet top and the ceiling. In the
particular home, that gap was about 15". We had a glass company
cut the mirrors for us and I glued them in place. I'm sure we
could have used mirror tile, but the cut mirrors (not beveled)
looked more professional.
The effect was to 'float' the ceiling.
At an arts and crafts store, she bought ropes of seasonal flowers
and these were laid on top of the cabinets, changing with the
seasons. They reflected in the mirrors and were another nice
FWIW, another suggestion for kitchen cabinets is to vary the
height of the upper cabinets if the kitchen is large. Rather than
have all the cabinets 36" tall, intersperse in some 42" cabinets
to break up the straight line.
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