Where to find metal counter edge trim — steel, aluminum, and faux

metal countertop edging for the kitchen
I used steel edging from New York Metals to edge my kitchen countertops surfaced with Formica boomerang laminate.

There are only a few places to find metal kitchen countertop edging for a midcentury, vintage or retro kitchen. On this page, I outline where to find this kind of edging, which is meant to edge laminate — Formica, Wilsonart, etc. — countertops in authentic period style. I also point you to examples from readers’ actual kitchen project… I show a video of my own steel-edge kitchen countertop, and I point you to historic references. All with the goal: To help you decide which style of metal edging you might prefer and to help make it easier for you to find it.  

1. Stainless steel countertop edge:

steel snap on countertop edge

U-shaped snap-on stainless steel countertop edging is my favorite — I used it in my kitchen remodel. To do my countertops we used three different pieces — (1) a snap-on countertop edge, (2) a “cove” molding to connect the countertop with the backsplash, and (3) a smaller snap-on top edge of the backsplash.
metal countertop edgingThe only source that I know of for this stainless steel edging is >> New York Metals <<.  Note: For stainless steel, go straight to the pieces named “SS”-followed by a number. My husband gets huge credit for discovering New York Metals.  They have been making this edging for decades. 10+ years now into my kitchen, this edging is looking as great as the day it went in!


Above: In this video, I show you my stainless steel edging including all the pieces and how they work. I also talk about how I designed the countertops. Here is a story in which I write out and show the three pieces that I used.
 

steel countertop edging
In their 1938 home, Dave and Frances used linoleum on their countertops (instead of laminate) and edge them with New York Metals stainless steel countertop edging.  

2. Aluminum countertop edges: 

red kitchen countertop
Author Bonnie Jo Campbell used simple nail-on aluminum molding to edge the countertop in her darling kitchen remodel.
  • RetroTrims aka Eagle Moulding — manufactures a variety of aluminum countertop edgings. They tell me: “Eagle Mouldings is the largest supplier of aluminum retro trims and mouldings. We stock corrugated or fluted face nosing, angles, bar and tee’s, coves, and plain or smooth nosing and tees. Our retro polished aluminum and chrome looking aluminum trims are available in polished, Brite Dipped, satin or clear, bronze, and black or standard mill finish. Our custom and OEM aluminum extrusion services allow us to meet any need our customer may have. We can cut to length or miter, punch, drill and countersink, form or bend any extrusion to specifications as well as offer many standard and custom anodized colors.” 
  • Bars & Booths has 1.5″ flat, ribbed aluminum countertop edging. There are also other sizes. They offer metal edging with space to insert vinyl or laminate as an accent — but this is 3″ wide, typically a size reserved to for tables, not countertops.
  • Brunneret has a number of aluminum banding pieces. In addition to straightforward 1.5″ step-nosing edging design, it also looks like it offers a 1.25″ aluminum molding designed to hold price tags — but instead, you could insert a colored strip of laminate or vinyl (?) and get that banded color edge look— worth a try or call to see. Note: Typical kitchen countertop edging, per my experience, is 1.5″ — but that is not a hard and fast rule. They have a similar such design in 7/8″ width. Thanks to reader Bill for this tip.
  • New York Metals — also carries a variety of aluminum countertop edge pieces. You can get it either with a brushed/matte finish or with a shiny polished finish.
  • One reader used aluminum tee-molding from McMaster-Carr.
  • metal counter edge trimJean’s husband found some aluminum molding at Home Depot that he used to trim the Satin Glide-style bathroom vanity he made. Also see this Alexandria Muolding at Home Depot. Be aware: A kitchen countertop is usually 1.5″ tall; if you choose a narrower/less deep countertop edge, you will need to plan accordingly. Joan also said she jury-rigged some aluminum molding found at Home Depot: “When we put a new layer of Formica on our kitchen counters, we went to Home Depot and got some inexpensive metal edging, carefully bent it around the corners, glued it and then put some decorative screws in. I think it was a very inexpensive option and it still looks great!”
  • Note, for this story I aimed to call out the actual manufacturer-retailers; their products also may be found at other online retailers. For example, in the past readers have recommended Outwater Plastics as a source, but my recent check of their online catalog now indicates they are getting their trim from one or more of the manufacturers I have just identified above. I also received this tip from reader Bill about another company, Orange Aluminum that I *believe* is retailing trim from one or more of the manufacturers above. Thanks, Bill! 

Our go-to kitchen sink also has a metal edge — the Kohler Delafield with metal “hudee” ring

3. Look locally and save on shipping:

I have heard from some readers in the past that local stores may carry some of these products. If you can find stock locally, you may save a lot on shipping, as this stuff often ships in 12′ lengths — oversized and a potentially relatively high shipping charge. I have no research on unique local retailers — this may be determined by local and regional preference. If you have the time to do your research locally, you may be able to save money on shipping.

1930s kitchen
Lauryn and Dennis used aluminum edging from New York Metals in their sunny kitchen remodel. Photo by Radim Schreiber.
retro-mod-kitchen-colorful
Vegebrarian used smooth aluminum edging from RetroTrims/Eagle Moulding in her kitchen makeover.

4. Faux metal edges:

laminate edging that looks like metal to edge a kitchen countertop
Christine used Wilsonart Satin Aluminum laminate to create a metal-look countertop edging. Another reader said she used a similar laminate, Formica’s DecoMetal trim

and:

metal countertop eding using inexpensive auto body trim
Anna used auto body molding trip that came in a roll for her vintage countertop

5. Installing metal countertop edges:

On this question, I refer you to consult with the professionals / manufacturers who are selling you the edging. 

6. Metal trim to edge your stove:

countertop trim for space between counter and stove
Vance Industries still sells this metal trim piece to connect your stove to your countertop.

7. Historical references:

counter top edges
See: 10 ways they did countertops in 1953
NOS Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets 1950s
Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets had countertops that, early on at least, were designed with their own integral steel edging. Oh these cabinets — from our amazing set of stories on this complete kitchen + stove found in storage New Old Stock — which we helped find a forever home in a museum!
metal edging catalog from the 1940s from Chromedge company
Check out this 1940s catalog from Chromedge. Metal trim was used so many places during the Streamline / Moderne era.

8. More research on countertop materials and ideas:

  1. Pam Kueber says:

    You’re looking for a piece called a cove molding. I know you can get them at both New York Metals (click the blue hotlinks in this story) and at Eagle Mouldings (also linked). They may be at other places as well.

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