Countertop – Faux The Win!

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After 20 years with the same laminate countertops, we finally decided to replace them last week. I had been holding out for stone countertop, possibly granite. The price of natural stone was one of the reasons we waited so long to replace our counters – and many other needs left us unable to put aside that large of an amount for counters. I finally decided, as our old laminate was wearing through in places, that we would just replace it with new laminate. I confess I was kind of bummed to have to go with laminate again though πŸ˜‰

We found a sample that really matched our cabinets well. On a side note, some of you may remember that 3 years ago we refinished our kitchen cabinets with the Rustoleom Transformation Kit. That was the best $75 we have ever spent on remodeling! 3 years later and I still love it! (I put the link at the bottom of this post)

The counters, however, were not a part of that transformation – and their time had come! Here is the brand and number of the laminate we chose. It has a sheen to it and a little bit of texture. It is Faux Granite.. which, it turns out, is good enough for me!

The materials were right around $300, and the labor was $200. And I could not believe the finished look!

We had the installer give us a beveled edge, and I think that made so much of a difference in the end.

The edge makes it look more like a solid product.

It also carries the color down over the lower cabinets and really makes it pop.

I find myself running my hand across the counters all the time now –

and cleaning up every single little drop or crumb!

We had him round the corners out a bit so they weren’t so sharp. We have little grandkids

running around here and I can’t tell you how many times they have run into the corner of island!

Of course now that I have new counters, everything else looks old and drab..

I am going to have to ‘shop my house’ and find something to freshen up my look!

And we still have the breakfast bar area with the old laminate on it (in the background here)

that we are planning to take out to give us more room in the dining area.

For some reason in Β this picture the breakfast bar area looks really creepy..

I think it is feeling old and nursing a grudge against the new stuff.. I totally get that πŸ˜‰

Ahhh.. the life of a Fixer Upper. Never a dull moment…

Here is a link to my Kitchen Cabinet Transformation post πŸ˜‰

Cabinet Transformation

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8 Comments

  1. Sue
    2 years ago

    i have been thinking of doing the same thing! We could never afford granite. I love what you chose! And, thank you for blogging again! I have missed you!

  2. Mary from Sweet Roots
    2 years ago

    This looks beautiful! How exciting to transform it into something you love but yet still cost-effective.

  3. Josie
    2 years ago

    Laminate certainly has come a long way…this is absolutely beautiful!

  4. Daryl
    2 years ago

    Looks lovely. There’s a lot of positive with laminate besides costs.

  5. Melesa Garrison
    2 years ago

    I think it looks beautiful!

  6. Steph
    2 years ago

    Amazing how far laminate has come in the last 10 years even. Love it, looks awesome!

  7. Tina
    2 years ago

    Job well done. Laminate still has a place in this world. Thanks for reminding me Sharyl! :)

  8. Kim
    2 years ago

    Hi Sharyl! The counters look wonderful. I like the custom beveled edge, what a nice choice. I would be “okay” with laminate, too.