Sunday, September 14, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Summer HG: Many choices available for countertops

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann

When selecting a countertop for the kitchen, it seems there are countless choices available. Let’s see what some of those choices are.

Technological advances have made just about any material possible for use as a countertop. Perhaps that is why the choices seem overwhelming. Glass, concrete, stainless steel, wood, natural stone and manmade stone are some of the choices. Then there are all the colors available!

Glass tops are beautiful, and though they are not as fragile as you might expect, there is the care problem. The glass is tempered and can hold up to just about anything, but the edges and corners can be damaged if you’re not careful.

Concrete tops come in any color you wish since the color is applied to the concrete rather than the concrete coming in a color of its own. It needs to be sealed to resist staining, but this countertop is very strong and long-lasting.

How about stainless steel? There’s a simplicity and sleekness about it. Though it won’t stain, this material can certainly acquire dents over time. Stainless-steel countertops can come in many different designs and finishes. They can be textured with different grains, patterns or surfaces that can hide these flaws. But stainless steel is not smudge-proof. Stainless has a reputation for showing fingerprints.

Wood is rich and beautiful in the kitchen, and many people opt for a wood or butcher-block top. Know, however, that it will discolor if installed around the sink. A natural oil finish is safe for direct knife work, but requires cleaning and oiling on a regular basis. So it is wise to cut on a cutting board and not directly on the wood countertop. Wood will burn and stain, but can be sanded to get the look of its natural beauty back.

Manmade stone is attractive and long-lasting and can withstand much abuse. And such tops come in a variety of colors.

Then there is the all-time favorite — the natural-stone top. OK, there is marble, and then there is granite. Granite is harder than marble and is easily maintained. No two slabs are alike, and the striations can be beautiful.

– Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.” For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.

Comments

comments

Scripps Howard News Service

.

News

Well levels drop around the county as drought presses on

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Snyder pleads no contest in UCD explosives case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

Psychologist casts doubt on Marsh insanity defense

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Looking for a few good residents

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Try yoga, meditation at Holistic Health Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Sign up now for free Community Yard Sale

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Friday night robbery leads to arrests, dog bite

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A2

 
Bob Dunning: Now the weather nut is all grown up

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

Video shows slaying of British aid worker

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
West Nile virus holds strong in Davis area

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Davis Neighbors’ Night Out brings residents together

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Saylor meets constituents at Peet’s

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Hawaiian Luau set at Covell Gardens

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Portuguese breakfast set in Woodland

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Youths can learn from DHS cheerleaders

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Logos plans four events for October

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
White, Gaard will lead Yolo Superior Court in 2015-16

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Fourth annual Capay Crush celebrates farm life

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Climate change rally planned in Central Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Downtown history tour planned in October

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Gibson House hosts plant sale and workshop

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Farmers Market sets Fall Festival

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Memorial playground approaches goal

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

Renée Thompson to discuss her novel for Woodland Reads project

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Day of the Dead altar makers sought

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

MCCC will present justice awards at luncheon

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
New class offers parenting strategies

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Genealogy club presents virtual tour of local resource

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
University Farm Circle reaches out to newcomers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

Garden doctor: Our trees are getting thirsty

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
Public invited to 2014 Yolo Aging Summit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

.

Forum

Preventing RSV infections in our kids

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
She’s getting all the blame

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

The sacrificial lamb on the altar of denial

By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A5

 
They don’t want him around

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A5

Unexpected treasures from the summer

By Marion Franck | From Page: A5

 
A bad vote for our water

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

Bloggers, beware: They might be out to get you

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A12

 
Bob Englehart cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

Davis has options on innovation

By Our View | From Page: A12

 
Archer has worked hard for us

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

Is history repeating itself?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

 
Time for a progressive PD

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

Speak out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A13

 
.

Sports

No more FBS, but UCD’s tough schedule continues

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
DHS boys get a nice win with two big games looming

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Vintage pounds DHS on the ground

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie offense is there, but UCD can’t stop Rams

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Unlikely hero powers Republic in playoff opener

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
JV Blue Devils drop a high-scoring affair

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B3

UCD roundup: Dons do just enough to edge Aggie women

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Blue Devils net a tournament win at home

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: A’s get a much-needed win in Seattle

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
.

Features

.

Arts

Apply now for Davis Community Idol

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
.

Business

Nugget Markets’ cheese specialists achieve certified professional status

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Talks continue for proposed Old Soul site

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9

Yolo County real estate sales

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A9

 
University lights way for hospital energy savings

By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A14 | Gallery

Davis leaders celebrate Engage3′s advances

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

 
Doby Fleeman: The opportunity is ours

By Doby Fleeman | From Page: A14

.

Obituaries

Virnelle Triebsch

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, September 14, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8