When we were buying the material for our new counter we had to consider the financial aspect as well. We decided to buy laminated plywood only for the exterior (doors and the two sides), and simple sanded plywood for the back, top and bottom, as for the shelves. This choice was much more cost-efficient and gave me the option to tile my own countertop rather than have a boring “wood” finish.
Here’s how I did it :)
Tiling a countertop
small amount of tiling grout
*it’s most cost-efficient if you buy second hand tiles; or from a construction site (friends who are renovating, etc.) you might even be able to get tile pieces for free which you can then make a puzzle-style countertop with*
Lay the tiles onto your countertop to check how well they’ll fit.
Work turning over a couple of tiles at a time and start mounting them onto the countertop, using your mounting adhesive, as close to each other as possible.
Let it set for a little while (the kind I used dried in ten minutes so be careful, you won’t have much time to correct mistakes if you happen to mount a piece incorrectly).
Prepare a small amount of tiling grout in a recipient, and with a grout scraper (I used an ice cream stick) start filling the gaps between the tiles. Add a generous amount until the gaps are filled well, don’t worry about making a mess, it will come off the tiles.
Leave it all to set and return about 10-15 minutes later with a moist cloth to clean off the excess tiling grout from the tiles themselves. Go over it again with a dry cloth.
Since it’s not a large amount of tiling grout, it will set quickly and you’ll be able to use your new countertop in a couple of hours.
PS: all the way in the background you can see my highly practical shelves ;)