For decades, marble and granite have been the go-to material for bathroom countertops. However, in recent years, design options have grown to include sealed wood or concrete, laminates and solid surface materials, like quartzite and quartz. When done correctly, unique materials in bathrooms can add a very high-end designer feel. When in doubt, stick with the classics: marble, granite, and more recently a popular choice, quartz.
The one thing ALL countertop materials have in common is the need for protection from hot irons (curling irons, wands, straighteners, etc). There are countless blog post “life hacks” that recommend silicone pot holders to protect your counters, there are even silicone mats specially designed for hot tools. While practical, this solution is not always the most attractive.
Enter: the new “life hack” designed to protect your countertops, in a discreet and stylish way. A glass tile hot tools rest. It’s the easiest DIY you’ll ever do and under $10.
- a large glass tile (I like this one MSI Arctic Ice 6in x 12in Glass Wall Tile) $4.99/ea
- self-adhesive felt pads (I used these Everbuilt Heavy-duty Self-adhesive Pads) $2.67/pack of 20
Take the tile, flip it over, put a felt pad in all four corners (about 1 inch in) and Voilà! You have a sleek, stylish place to rest any hot tool your little heart desires. I made mine about 5 years ago, and it was easily the best $10 I’ve ever spent. Protects my countertops, gives me a designated place to rest my hot tools and is hardly noticeable. Enjoy!