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Old 11-13-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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I do a lot of baking and need a smooth surface to work on. What is the best type of surface to install? All the other surfaces are tile which i will replace eventually, so the island does not need to match. My appliances are stainless and cabinets are oak, which is not me. I wil be redoing the cabinets in a cherry finish. I was thinking of a cherry color butcher block for the island but am not sure if its the best option.

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The cabinet store I bought my cabinets from a few months ago had a few display countertops made a from a new material called Granicrete. I didn't read up on it but basically its some sort of mortar/cement that is mixed and spread over a plywood base and made to look like granite (or any other natural stone for that matter). They had a few of them next to real granite countertops and I honestly couldn't tell the difference. Supposedly much cheaper than granite or quartz and doesn't require sealing. Might be worth looking into. Here's the website:

http://www.granicrete.com/

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Give that product some time. Looks like more than anything they are selling seminars.
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If you do a lot of baking,consider a maple butcher block top---I'm not sure about looks,but you can't beat it for a work surface.
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Before I even finished reading the first post I was thinking maple butcher block. It's cheap (relative to some other options), smooth, and a great work surface.
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