Thank you zannej. I think you are correct. I thought more stainless steel might be too much....but then again it will make the range and hood look like all one piece. And of course safety is the big concern. I went with counter top refinishing instead of replacing since removing the counter on the sink side would have ruined the old cabinets. The other cabinets are new so that counter top was already off. The previous owners had one blue counter and one off white counter I was ready for a change!