I have fallen for pewter countertops. I’ve always loved zinc tops, but I had overlooked the use of pewter until now.
The morning kitchen at the villa had pewter counters and tabletops. Isn’t that table great? Fresh croissants tasted delicious here!
Pewter has been used in French bistros and brasseries for centuries.
As you can see, it is a fairly soft metal (it’s actually an alloy of several metals) and shows nicks and dents. It’s silvery color will change and darken over time developing a patina with a more gentle look than stainless.
It’s non-porous so it has good hygienic qualities. I snapped this photo at a café in L’Isle Sur la Sorgue. I really like the edge detail.
In the past if you wanted pewter countertops you had to have them fabricated in France. Now there are several US companies who manufacture them. A couple names are Bastille Metal Works and Pewter By Design.
Because they are not as tolerant to high heat and very hot pans can pose a risk, they are better suited for a secondary counter such as an island, butler’s pantry, or wet bar…not the workhorse countertop of the kitchen!
I found a few pictures on Houzz of kitchens that I liked with pewter utilized:
Traditional Kitchen by Greenville Interior Designers & Decorators Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home
I absolutely love everything about this kitchen!
Traditional Kitchen by San Jose Interior Designers & Decorators Linda L. Floyd, Inc., Interior Design