Lovely and stylish kitchen countertop ideas from recycled glass

Thinking of redoing your kitchen countertop? Then how about opting for a material that is versatile, durable, eco-friendly and cost effective at the same time? We are talking about recycled glass, which would offer a stylish, opaque and colorful finish for your kitchen countertop.

The good thing about recycled glass countertops is their style versatility. There are innumerable ways in which you can infuse great style elements into these opaque surfaces. From a multitude of colors and patterns to additional fixtures like backlights, there is no dearth to the number of designs you can come up with using recycled glass.

Another thing about glass countertops is that you can custom design them to meet your specific needs. In addition to offering a bright, airy look to the entire kitchen, they are extremely easy to clean and maintain. So if you are on the lookout for some really eye catching recycled glass countertop ideas for your kitchen, here are some options you can consider.

Opaque designs

Sometimes a plain, opaque glass surface would enhance a kitchen’s elegance considerably. Consider the design below where you see the island sporting a single slab of neat, opaque glass that spans the entire length of the island. It provides an opulent seating area for guests who can watch what’s going on in the kitchen without looking too intrusive.

Frozen Glass Effect

Take a look at this design where the recycled glass countertop carries an opaque but patterned look that resembles frozen ice. The glass has been smoothed around the sinks to avoid any sharp edges and seamlessly integrates into the countertop. Would be a great idea indeed if you happen to be a fan of ‘Frozen’.

Wavy Designs

Just because you are working with glass doesn’t mean you need to stick to sharp edges and shapes. Recycled glass can be reworked and reshaped into any design as shown in the picture below. The kitchen countertop here features an opaque glass design that gives way in between for the stove and a one of a kind wash basin shaped like a meandering river.

Surreal Effect

Recycled glass works great against dark backdrops. So if the rest of your kitchen sports a dark background, trust your glass countertop to stand out even better. Take the kitchen mentioned below for example. The visible kitchen table and island are fitted with an aqua colored glass countertop. Another opaque glass slab is fitted over the countertop at one end to form the island. When fitted with backlights, the entire arrangement offers a surreal effect indeed.

Crushed Glass Patterns

Why stick to opaque glass when you can choose from several other interesting designs and patterns in recycled glass? We really love the look of this kitchen countertop, which has been fitted with a glass countertop recycled from tiny pieces of broken bottles and glasses. The highlight of the entire design is the way the pieces have been put together to create a patterned look that almost looks like it would cut your hand if you were to place it on the surface.

Below the kitchen countertop

Most of us tend to focus on the kitchen countertop surface while ignoring the area beneath it. Here’s a way you can use recycled glass to cover this area and potentially hide away embarrassing problems like leaky faucets or storage racks housing cleaning materials. The use of backlight adds to the charm and offers a design that is both surreal and sophisticated.

Creative backlights

Check out this kitchen countertop idea. Made of recycled glass again, the countertop features an integral granite surface with the glass showing up in the form of backlit bottles at regular intervals in between. Definitely a fun addition to the kitchen, especially if you love hosting parties.


If you are thinking of renovating your kitchen countertop, consider using recycled glass for the same purpose. In addition to offering you several benefits like style, durability and versatility, it would help you choose from some very creative designs.


Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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