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Monday, June 3, 2013

My Newest Décor Love…Pewter Countertops

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:

Miss these gals already!

Maybe in my next house I can use pewter counter tops somewhere!
Ahhh...still dreaming in French!



Debra@CommonGround said...

these are beautiful, I've not seen pewter on countertops before, but definitely a wonderful Old World look.

Unknown said...

I too have always admired the old world look of pewter counter and table tops. So beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Gee

Olive said...

Hi Kim, the pewter countertops do have a great look. hope you are well, olive

Sarah said...

Kim, I like pewter. Never thought of using it for a counter top. Thanks for sharing the links. We had pewter hardware in our first home that was built in the 30s. Glad to see that it is becoming popular. Love the look of the pewter counter tops.

Unknown said...

I love what you did,. I have been decorating our home's with beachy things too. I love how you added dinning tables..


Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

They are gorgeous Kim...and love the group photo!!!

Cynthia said...

Kim, I love, love, love this look!!! Did I say love enough??? Because I love the look on a table and the way pewter patinas. Great photos!


Gus said...

Great Article Kim!,
We also manufacture pewter countertops here in the States. We are The Wanderlust Collective. Please give our website a lookthrough!
www.craftedbywanderlust.com. You can also check our profile on HOUZZ.

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