Countertops

The One Big Drawback to a Farmhouse Sink — The Farmhouse Kitchen

Perhaps one of the most coveted looks in kitchen design right now is the modern farmhouse vibe. Championed by the likes of Chip and Joanna Gaines, the look is popular for its timeless charm, rustic finishes, and lived-in appeal. One of the hallmarks of the style? A nice, deep farmhouse sink.

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The Best Way to Clean Any Kitchen Countertop — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

Your kitchen counter is literally the workhorse of the kitchen. Even on the days you don't do any cooking, you probably use your counter. It's where you plop down the day's mail. It's where you stand while you're waiting for the coffee to brew. It's where you unpack groceries. And on the days you cook, well, then it's getting splattered with ingredients gone astray, covered with crumbs, and more. The point? The counter takes a lot of abuse.

Maybe you sweep up crumbs every night before you go to bed. But what about a deeper clean? Here's how to care for your kitchen counter — organized by whatever type you may have.

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Yes, It’s True: A Toaster Oven Will Change Your Life — Appliance Love

(Image credit: Casey Barber)

Last night's dinner — a plate of crispy chicken Parmesan cutlets with a side of garlic bread — was the stuff comfort food dreams are made of. It was perfectly calibrated to soothe the rough edges of a long, rainy day; a single-gal supper that could go toe to toe with takeout from the most satisfyingly homespun neighborhood Italian restaurant. It was all mine and all made from scratch.

And I cooked every bit of it in under 30 minutes using my Breville toaster oven.

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Are Granite Countertops Almost Over? This Report Says Yes. — Kitchen Design

Once we all seemed to get over Formica, granite took over as the ever-present top pick for kitchen counters. For years now, it's been making its way into renovations, new builds, and even apartment makeovers. But now, the telltale speckled look just might now be ... dare we say it? Dated. According to The National Kitchen & Bath Association, there's a new Big Cheese in the house: quartz.

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8 Ways to Create Extra Counter Space in a Tiny Kitchen — Tiny Kitchen Solutions

Lack of counter space is up there on the list of tiny-kitchen frustrations. Even if you've KonMari-ed your kitchen and tucked all your usual space-hogging suspects away, it's possible you'll still come up short.

Still, it's easier than you might think to increase your work surface area. Here are eight solutions in order of difficulty from super simple to more involved (read: some degree of handiness required).

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The Designer Trick for Disguising Ugly Rental Kitchen Countertops — Trick Out Your Rental Kitchen

So, your rental kitchen countertops leave something to be desired. Who are you kidding? They're fill in the blank: ugly, cracked, formica, moldy, all of the above. Replacing them isn't practical, but that doesn't mean you have to live with an eyesore in your kitchen day in and day out.

This is designer Megan Hopp's favorite trick for giving those countertops an easy, economic, and — perhaps most importantly — temporary makeover.

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