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Budget-Friendly Kitchen Countertop Remodeling Ideas for Every Homeowner

Countertops are the most used surface in your kitchen and can greatly impact the look of the space. They also can take a beating, so the right countertops must be durable and easy to clean.

Upgrading and refitting a kitchen can be a difficult task – particularly if you don’t have much DIY experience – so you may want to check out this remodeling contractor to fit the new countertops for you. Fortunately, they don’t have to cost a fortune, and whether you’re painting existing panels and units or installing new ones, every aesthetic has an affordable kitchen countertop option.


Despite their reputation as the black sheep of countertop materials, laminate countertops are returning. Newer styles resemble granite and marble for much less. Laminate is manufactured from multiple layers of heavy-duty paper and melamine resin, then covered with decorative paper in an almost limitless array of colors and patterns.

A variety of textures are also available. Gloss-finished laminate sheets reflect light, frequently making the furnishings appear more eye-catching and prominent. Matt-finished laminates are often found in business structures, showrooms and other professional offices.

When deciding on counters, homeowners must consider kitchen function, maintenance, and aesthetics. A durable, long-lasting countertop material that will withstand the test of time is critical to kitchen functionality and resale value. Countertop options that withstand tough use include quartz, solid surface, reclaimed wood and soapstone.


A popular choice among homeowners who want to step outside the norm, concrete is a durable countertop material that can be poured and customized for any kitchen design. Its natural slate gray appearance is versatile enough to match any cabinet color, and it can be stained or etched for added design flair.

Remodeling your kitchen with concrete is also a trend because concrete is highly customizable, as it can be molded to fit any countertop layout or small nooks and crevices that need filling. It can even be crafted to look like other materials, including wood or stone.

Darker concrete countertops hide unsightly oil or food stains better than lighter options. A dark concrete counter can also pair well with a polished concrete floor to create a sense of stylish unity throughout the kitchen.

Butcher Block

Whether you’re looking for a warm alternative to stone or want to add natural textures to your kitchen, butcher block countertops are an option that will fit the bill. They’re durable and look great in both modern and traditional kitchens.

Butcher blocks come in several varieties depending on grain and construction style, from edge-grain (long rectangular cuts of wood lined up side-by-side) to end-grain, which has a checkerboard appearance. They require regular oiling to keep them from drying out.

A do-it-yourself butcher block countertop for handy homeowners can save much money. 


Granite counters are beautiful and natural and add value to a kitchen. They come in a variety of colors and textures and offer design versatility. They are durable, resistant to stains and easy to clean but require regular re-sealing to maintain shine.

Homeowners who choose granite must also select a backsplash for the same space that is easy to clean and complements the countertops. Family Handyman offers detailed step-by-step directions on creating your tile backsplash to match your new countertops.


Quartz is an engineered countertop material that mimics the look of natural stone. Its non-porous surface is resistant to most stains and easy to clean with soap and water. Like granite, it’s also heat-proof and scratch-resistant.

Quartz counters can come in various colors, including this salmon-colored option. Its unique edge style—an upside-down C or L shape—creates a continuous countertop surface perfect for an oversized kitchen island.

Dark countertops, such as this black quartz kitchen, can look striking in modern cooking spaces. The darker shade helps the room feel grounded and balanced. The rounded bullnose edge beautifully shows off the countertop’s white and black veining. The coordinating backsplash is made from the same quartz to maintain a cohesive design.