Aluminum countertop trim from Eagle Mouldings and RetroTrims.com

aluminum countertop trimsOur list of suppliers for metal kitchen counter top edging continues to grow — with the addition of Eagle Moulding, a distributor in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Eagle Mouldings’ large inventory includes a two styles of aluminum counter top edgings, in a variety of sizes. Metal counter top edging is a very popular way to inject authentic vintage style into a retro kitchenEagle Moulding is the direct supplier to many furniture manufacturers and, in fact, I see at least one of these edgings explicitly mentioned over on the Bars & Booth moldings page.

aluminum countertop edging

Nosing around Eagle’s website (how fun am I on a Saturday night??) I also see they have “plain face nosing”. Go nose around — I bet you’re just like me and think there is no better way to waste time than to surf through a few hundred varieties of metal trim to imagine potential uses.

coves for retro countertops

For example, Thor: Wouldn’t the coves above also work for our retro countertop installations???? And, this is off-topic, but before I die, I really want some slat wall. 

Prices are not listed on the website — you can call or email RetroTrims.com with your enquiries. But prices are no big secret, Thor sent me the price list and as an example, the 1-1/4″ tee molding (bottom row) is just over $14 for a 12′ length. The next size up, the 1-1/2″ aluminum countertop edging is about $27 for 12′. There is no minimum $100 order — you can just order what you need. 

I also like that the webpage shows us how tee moldings work. Above, left: You cut out the notch to make a bend… and center and right: You need a “wing cutter” to cut into your countertop edge, then you fit the tee in the groove.  Thanks to an unidentified reader — who must live near Eagle Mouldings — who told one of the new owners of the company, Thor Smith, about the blog. Now, Thor is an advertiser — over in the right-hand column with a special page just for these retro-style countertop edgings, RetroTrims.com. (This story was not part of the advertising deal.)

Link:  Aluminum kitchen countertop edging on RetroTrims.com

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Comments

  1. eudora says

    The wing-cutter info is really key…keeps one from the thick smoke of dremel-induced burning I cobbled together out of desperation to install my t-moulding. It’s great to know about a place with such reasonable prices and great advice! Many thanks.

  2. says

    Good stuff. It’s always great to have more options out there. The splined counter edge is what our cabinetmaker used…probably sourced by our local supplier from Eagle Mouldings and Trim.

  3. says

    That is a great question. I don’t know the exactly when it was, but I know I have seen metal trims on homes as far back at the 20′s and/30′s. I don’t know if they were ‘re-done’ in the 50′s or 60′s. I do know that many of our trims have been used to retrofit homes from the 1920′s though.

  4. says

    Janet- For a counter edging for the 30′s or 40′s I would use our E-031-POL. It is a grooved face nosing. It does NOT have scre holes. You would simply use a commercial grade (PL-400, liquid nails, etc.) to secure it to the counter top. It follows the contour of the counter very well and bends around radius’d corners nicely. I also think that era would support having a cove (E-510-BD)to separate the wall(backsplash) from the counter. This cove does have screw holes and comes in a brite or satin finish.

    face nosing: http://eaglemouldingsinc.com/BarFaceNosing.aspx
    cove: http://eaglemouldingsinc.com/CovesDividers.aspx

    Although you will see it, the 30′s and 40′s didn’t get into the ‘flashiness’ of the brite fluted/ribbed tees as much.

  5. Vickie says

    I have a cabin/house from the 1950′s. It has the steel trim edging on the countertop in the kitchen. It also has the aqua plastic edging that snaps inside. Does anyone know of a website that still sells the plastic edging/moulding?

    • pam kueber says

      I am not sure about this one, Vickie. I do recommend you try RetroTrims.com to start — they are an advertiser here and if they cannot help you, may be able to point you in the right direction.

    • says

      Vickie- We (www.retrotrims.com) do not have the vinyl insert moulding. However, there may be one company that does. Unfortunately it will probably be pretty expensive. Give me a call tomorrow morning and I will look for a resource for you.
      -thor
      Eagle Mouldings
      800-888-2044

  6. says

    Thanks for finding this Pam! This will go perfect with my Formica overhaul on the counter! Now to figure out grooved or ungrooved…….THAT is the question!

  7. kenneth guttermann says

    Hi Thor
    I´m making a tv-set where I need “striped” countertop edgings, just like the ones shown on top picture, third row.
    I´m based in Denmark and unfortunately dont have time to order from U.S. – goods wil be stuck in customs for weeks.
    Any advice for me – perhaps where I can find simular product in Europe?
    Thanks
    Kenneth

  8. says

    Mark- as for the retro trims, I have to say that the grooved is by far the bigger seller. It is a nice shiny look but not too flashy either. very nice trim. Plus, it is pretty easy to install. Good luck. Let us know if you have any other questions.
    -thor

  9. Gabe says

    Hi there. I have a butcher block peninsula newly installed. We have some cracks form in the wood which initiate at the edges. I love to be able to accent the edge with SS which will look great but also hide otherwise visible cracking. I can try to treat top of wood with sanding and putty. Which product do you recommend ? How do you deal with 90 inside and outside corners? Thanks ! Great site!
    Gabe

  10. Janet says

    Is there an edge banding available that does not have an overlap lip? My husband is going to put coral boomerang Formica on his woodshop sharpening table but would prefer not to have the raised edge.

  11. John Magill says

    Hi Thor,

    I’m thinking about doing a retro guitar build that has no straight lines on it, really. All curves. Would I just cut many notches into the leg to something like that? What would you recommend?
    Thanks,
    John

    • says

      John- Great question. depending on the trim piece you are looking for and the redius you are forming it to, you may not need to take the leg out at all. Many people bend the Tees around radiused corners. If you are looking for a very easy bend, then you need to take the leg out. Hope that helps.
      -thor

  12. Pat says

    I am looking for an edge trim for my back splash in my ( sort of) homage to the 50s kitchen. The tile is about 15/16ths inch square, glass mosaic and it is only about 2 or 3/8 inch thick. there are some chipped away edges that are in need of covering of about 1/3 inch. I want a brushed aluminum or similar look. It will need to be glued or kept in place by silicon since the tile is already in place. I tried looking for something similar in the hardware and big box stores and even in a hobby store and found nothing that could be used. I only need about 5 feet of it and I will have to be able to trim it to fit easily.

    • says

      Give us a call. I think we have what you are looking for. We have thousands of aluminum trims in stock and ship all across the globe from our warehouse.
      -thor
      800-888-2044
      763-493-2995

  13. Cheryl says

    I am refinishing a MidCentury Bar,and want to replace the wood trim with an aluminum one, where do I find it?

  14. sandra says

    can anyone help with finding metal kitchen counter top edging in the uk as im finding it impossible

  15. says

    Sandra- I don’t know of any places that sell the edge banding in the UK. However, we have sent material to Germany, Belgium, and the UK. The shipping is a bit pricey, but we can help if you like.
    http://Www.retrotrims.com

    Thor Smith
    800-888-2044

  16. says

    Thor-Thanks again for the superb service on my order. The end product looks fabulous! I’m the guy that the order got mixed up for Fairbanks, Alaska. I still have the extra material if anyone up there wants it. I would like to send before and after photos. Let me know where to send them. I was showing the kitchen to someone and they loved the counter trim.
    George

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