Stainless steel metal edging for your laminate countertop

I am updating this Retro Renovation “Classic” post for Tiel, her husband, and all readers looking for classic 50s and 60s metal countertop edging. Trust me – this is the real deal:

My husband hunted down the only place left — in Astoria, Queens — that still made the exact stainless steel edging on 50s and 60s countertops. We installed this very easily and successfully on our new countertops.

Go to to order this. Here are the exact pieces that you need:

1. Stainless steel “snap-on” edging – 1-5/8″:

2. For the top of the backsplash #SS801A in 1″ profile:

I want you to call the company and get the same PROFILE as above, but in 1″.

3. The little piece that goes in between these two where they meet at 90-degree angles:

4. Note, there is a core shipping charge of $150 – because the edging comes in 12′ strips, it must go freight. Well worth it, in the long run (no pun intended)!

Here are close ups of how this stuff comes together.

And, be sure to see my updated post on varying your countertop materials – this really improves a retro reno kitchen.




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  1. says

    Getting ready to install our ‘boomerang’ formica in our new retro kitchen. In fact, at the top of your website is the exact formica we picked! My contractor will be ordering the edging – may I please have a phone number in order for him to contact you folks directly.

    Thanks so much.

  2. Ann says

    My parents built their Cape Cod style house in 1956-it had this same type of countertops/4inch backsplash in a light gray speckle metallic laminate. I remember the ss edging on the counters had a track with a black rubber ribbed strip that could be popped in and out that covered the nails/screws used to attach the edging to the counter. The ?laminate? counter edges minimally inserted into the channels of the back of the edging. Cabinets were white birch with clear varnish. Little did my parents understand that 50yrs later their kitchen could look cutting edge. Which is why they remodeled and made it all much worse. What amazed me was the countertop material was still in perfect condition-I know it was a laminate but it always seemed metallic to me. Danish modern stainless steel ahead of its time!

  3. Mitch says

    I am desperately looking to the metal edging with the black rubber insert that covers the screws………..where can I find the stuff.

  4. Michael says

    I have this laminate countertop in white with the ss edging, along with a bunch of other things that I’m looking to replace. If anyone is looking for items that are circa 1940s-1960s here’s what I have…Cast iron Gas range x 2, Cast iron bathroom sink, 14 foot Laminate countertop in white w/ speckles with ss edge.

    • Mitch says

      I guess I wrote my post wrong……..i need the ribbed rubber insert that went into the aluminum channel for my formica counter tops……it was usually black, with small ribs, and stinky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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