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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 26, 2012 01:04 AM
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by becky last modified Mar 25, 2012

I love Houzz. I do. There’s a really great ideabook over on Houzz about kitchen countertops. It covers how countertop templates are made & installed, and the options for materials that can be used for one. Lots of good tidbits of info, like lowering a chopping surface for extra leverage: traditional kitchen design by denver [...]




 

 

I love Houzz. I do.

There’s a really great ideabook over on Houzz about kitchen countertops. It covers how countertop templates are made & installed, and the options for materials that can be used for one.

Lots of good tidbits of info, like lowering a chopping surface for extra leverage:

Another great tip Kenny recommends for sealing not only wood countertops but also paper based materials like Paperstone and Richlite is a soapstone & wood sealer product from RealMilkPaint.com. It’s made with food-grade walnut oil & carnuba wax flakes, & has no solvents (no VOC’s!).

Why is it called a ‘Counter’?

One thing I’ve been trying to find with not much luck so far, is more information about the history of countertops. I’ve read different things, like

“In medieval times, horizontal boards were used in markets to do business on (i.e. count the money) and that term-counter- was applied to any such surfaces used for practical purposes.”

and this, from memory, that I now can’t find anywhere:

“Countertops started at fabric trade shops & had grids on them to measure out (count) yardage.”

I’d love to know the origin of the term if anyone has more info on that, feel free to share!


 

 

 
 
 

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