and dropped off a little Christmas bling, a week early. Want to guess what it was? A shiny rock for my finger? Nope, not into that sort of thing. Something to make my ears shimmery? No, I have sensitive lobes. How about some flash for around my neck? Or something bright and twinkly for my wrist??? No and no.
OK, I'm sure you'll never guess, not in a million years, unless you were about to say, something steel for your bar. Galvanized steel maybe? At which point I'd say, that's freaky! Correct, but freaky.
It's a counter slipcover made of galvanized steel. It fit right over top of the existing formica surface.
I had the idea to do this when we replaced the rest of the counter tops with butcher block. I did some google-searching for galvanized or metal counter tops and fell in love with this image from Handcraftedmetal.com
I also stumbled upon an image at Funky Junk Interiors of her funky metal island top. No one I talked to about it seemed sold. They couldn't quite imagine using galvanized steel for a counter top. While sharing my hair brained idea talking to my friend Kelli one day, she mentioned that she knew who might be able to help me. He's the father of one of her daughter's friends and he fabricates commercial range hoods. BINGO! He was a little skeptical when I told him I wanted galvanized steel for my bar top, but never tried to discourage me. He came out, took some measurements and brought samples of stainless, brushed stainless and galvanized to be certain it really was galvanized I wanted. I was certain. The stainless was too sleek and sterile for me. It looked like an operating room table. The brushed steel was better, but still a little modern. The galvanized has a little more patina, more irregularities and imperfections, making it perfect for my kitchen.