Today Dan writes:
Diva, I’m trying to be more eco friendly, what are my options for recycled countertops? Is going with that option really all that “green”?
Well Dan, you have a couple of options from which to choose from here. You can either reuse your old one or you can purchase something made from recycled content. Both options are doable, it just depends on how much money you want to spend.
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There are several paint treatments you can use to recycle your old countertop. Some will be a solid coat of color while others with give more dimension and almost give a granite feel. One company that offers both options is Rustoleum. They have a great product that will give you the solid color countertop look, as well as a Countertop Transformations line that will give you that look of granite or quartz. Obviously this paint is only a viable option if your existing countertops are in good shape. And by good shape I mean not physically falling apart, because only small scratches and dents can be repaired during the process. You also have to like the layout and size since all you’d be doing is giving them a new top coat.
Another option is to tile over your existing countertop. Both SimpleMat and Bondera will allow you to tile over an existing laminate surface without having to do any demo work. No matter whether you paint or tile over your existing surface you will be eco friendly because you are not throwing away and rebuilding your countertop from scratch.
Replace it with one made of recycled content.
There are a bunch of different types of slab material options that are made of mostly recycled content. Companies like Vetrazzo or IceStone are actually made out of recycled glass and cement. Vetrazzo is 85% recycled content, while IceStone is 100%. Both of which are a beautiful alternative to granite that you can feel good about.
Other companies offer recycled content solutionss in select lines. For example you can find an eco friendly line called the Terra Collection from DuPont’s Zodiaq that is made with 25% post-consumer recycled content. While this number isn’t as large as the recycled content in IceStone or Vetrazzo, it does still have some recycled content to it.
To find the right option for you, it will just take a little research once you determine which route you are going.
Do you have questions about the selecting or the installation of: tile, carpet or wall treatments (window blinds, etc)? Then email me your tale of woe (diva(at)homemakeoverdiva.com) and perhaps I will be able to answer your questions right here at the Home Makeover Diva Blog.