Cedric inspired me. I first saw his cooktop with a custom cut piece of glass behind it three years ago on our site (here's Cedric's House Tour) and copied it in our own apartment last year (here's our House Tour). It's a lovely, simple, cheap solution that makes the area easy to clean and adds a bit of homespun design flair. I give him full credit.
This is particularly for people who have or are considering a cooktop as opposed to a full stove unit. While they can be a bit more expensive than stove units, cooktops are totally preferable and give you a lot more countertop real estate. The area directly behind them can be a problem, however, and both wall and countertop can get dirty over time. This glass solution is great because it is invisible and you can easily pick it up and clean it whenever dirty.
Our cooktop (and Cedric's) is a DeLonghi four burner and very small (@ 24") and I had the glass cut to measure just a bit bigger in a nice thick 1/4" piece with sanded edges. As you can see, Cedric preferred to frame his edges.
As you look through our House Tours, you will see a ton of good ideas right there for the taking. This is just one and we try to highlight particularly good details in our Close-Up column every week. If you are thinking of changing your home, I urge you to look through, borrow some ideas and send us your own. Where all about sharing.
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