The “Old World” look of natural stone is more popular than ever in kitchens today, but people often ask how they can create this look on a budget. The answer may be in a new generation of laminate countertops that mimic the look of stone surfaces at a much lower price.

These finishes are known by different names, depending on the manufacturer, but you’ll find them listed as “honed,” “etched” or “textured” surfaces. Subtle indentations and crevices create the illusion of real stone, not only to the eye, but to the touch as well. Coupled with a choice of a matte or polished finish they can create a kitchen with a very rich look on a shoestring budget.

Of course the brand, color and edge treatments you choose will make a difference but on an average, these laminates will cost 50-65% less than a true stone surface.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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