What's a good, affordable kitchen surface
June 14, 2012 4:02 PM Subscribe
Cutting board and countertop options?
posted by broadway bill to home & garden (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I need some help thinking about options for a cutting board surface for a custom sized countertop.
I have a cabinet that I am relocating to my kitchen, and I need something better for the top. Currently, it has a poly-coated particle board top, surrounded by a molded edge that is about 2 inches high, so the actual counter surface is recessed. I don't think I can remove the old surface without having to reconstruct the entire thing, so I want something I can just cover the particle board with. The surface I need to fill is about 46"x16", and I have about 2" of room for something kind of thick.
I'm thinking about trying to use a basic, durable cutting board material, but I don't know about a few things:
1.) Where can I get cutting boards in specific sizes for cheap? I have a local resource to check tomorrow, but I am thinking I might need to shop online instead. I found a few places with google, but nothing that is coming in under $70, and that seems expensive. I'd like it to be at least .5" thick, and under 1.5" thick.
2.) If you had a counter with a cutting board top, would you want it to be seamless, or would you prefer 2 separate boards that could be lifted out and cleaned individually? Whether it's a single or double board setup, the surface can be lifted out, but it seems like 2 might be better just for the ease of cleaning individually. But, it might be trickier to get 2 boards to fit snugly. Thoughts?
3.) Any ideas from the hive about alternatives to basic, plastic, cutting board stuff? I would love to get a custom sized butcher slab for it, but I think that is way too expensive, unless someone has an idea about finding one cheap. It would also be awesome to have it half-plastic half-wood (side by side), but I think that would be costly, too.
I'm renting my house out in August, so I don't know how the tenants will use the surface, but I imagine it as supplemental counter space for food prep, with storage for cookware underneath.
So, any big ideas from ole' MeFi on this one?