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Best Countertops for Farmhouse Style

Best Countertops for Farmhouse Style

Looking to refresh your kitchen or bathroom with new countertops? Here are your top options.

If you’re renovating or remodeling your kitchen or a bathroom—or even a laundry room that has a countertop—deciding which countertop material to use is a big decision.

But don’t worry: We’ve done the research for you. Here are the top six farmhouse-friendly options, and the pros and cons you need to know to make an informed decision.

Farmhouse Style Kitchen Countertop


Granite has been a popular countertop choice for many years. Do be aware that while granite countertops are a classic choice for American homes in general, they tend to be less popular with farmhouses, and many homeowners are replacing their granite countertops for more farmhouse-friendly options.


  • Heat and scratch resistant
  • Require very little maintenance
  • Don’t require cleaning chemicals, just soap and water


  • So hard they’ll dull knives if you cut directly on the surface
  • Porous, so can stain if they’re not resealed periodically
  • Can crack with too much pressure

DIY friendly? No
Cost per square foot: $40–$90

Kitchen with dark soapstone countertops
Image by HELEN NORMAN/CROCODILE ROCKS, via How Stuff Works.


This natural stone has a soft, almost soapy texture, giving it the name “soapstone.” It’s a cottage favorite as well as being farmhouse friendly. Soapstone is also known for the beautiful patina it acquires over time.


  • Heat and stain resistant (not porous)
  • Scratches can be sanded out, if desired
  • Will darken over time with a patina


  • Needs to be maintained with mineral oil
  • Can Scratch
  • Will darken over time to a different color

DIY friendly? No
Cost per square foot:  $70–$120

Kitchen are a with green island and metal bar stools
Homeowner Jenny Zacharewitz added a wood countertop to the island in her kitchen. Photo by Jaki Hawthorne.


Wood countertops are classic for farmhouse style and tend to be one of the more affordable options. Often homeowners choose one area of the kitchen for wood countertops, such as an island. However, they are not a good choice for water-heavy areas like bathrooms.


  • Scratches can be sanded off
  • Easy to clean
  • Long-lasting if maintained properly


  • Not resistant to heat or scratches
  • Stains easily and can retain water damage
  • Needs regular maintenance

DIY friendly? Yes
Cost per square foot: $30–$60 (professional)
Cost per square foot: $5–$15 (DIY)

A white farmhouse kitchen with poured concrete countertops and white shiplap beside two large pendant lights

Solid Surface

This is a manmade material, so it’s a newer countertop option. You’ll often find solid surface countertops called by their brand names, such as Avonite and Corian. They have a wide range of looks, including marble or granite look-alikes.


  • Stain resistant
  • Scratches can be sanded out
  • Seamless design (literally, they have no seams)


  • Not heat resistant
  • Does scratch

DIY friendly? No
Cost per square foot:   $35–$80

solid surface countertops
Photography by Jaimee Itagaki; home Lindye Galloway


These countertops aren’t actually natural quartz; instead, they’re made with small particles of quartz, held together with resin. They have many looks available, including marble, and have become a very popular farmhouse choice.


  • Very little maintenance required
  • Stain resistant


  • Not heat resistant
  • Can discolor over time with sunlight

DIY friendly? No
Cost per square foot:  $55–100 per square foot

A white farmhouse kitchen with poured concrete countertops and white shiplap beside two large pendant lights
Homeowner Lana Stenner added concrete countertops to the renovated kitchen in her 130-year-old farmhouse. Photo by Lana Stenner.


This is another countertop option that has gained popularity in the last several years. It has a great industrial look, which works well with the farmhouse style. It’s much more affordable if you DIY it, but be warned: Don’t try it unless you’re a seasoned DIYer, as the project can be tricky.


  • Heat and scratch resistant
  • Cracks can be fixed


  • Requires regular sealing
  • Can crack
  • The curing process takes almost a month

DIY friendly? Yes
Cost per square foot:  $65–$120 (professional)
Cost per square foot: $8–$15 (DIY)

If you’re wanting to update your kitchen, you probably have new countertops in mind. Learn how to DIY faux marble countertops. And of course, don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest to get your daily dose of farmhouse inspiration!

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