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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #50 on: January 05, 2018, 07:16:32 AM »
I am definitely my countertops.
For 15 years I was 70s-style, gold, formica laminate. Cheap, adequate.
Now I am partly warm butcher-block wood (the counters proper) and partly polished granite (like the kitchen island).
It's fun to be shiny, durable, with fascinating details created thousands of years ago in the fires of tectonic  . . . something.

Glad to have waited until the stash accumulated to burst out of the formica cocoon, though.


I adore granite because I am a bit of a geology nerd (cooking/eating on an ancient rock that was created inside a volcano, yes please), and it's very pretty. My apartment has granite, and I'll miss it when I move if the new place doesn't have it. That said, there are a lot of very ugly/boring granites out there.
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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #51 on: January 05, 2018, 09:13:47 AM »
I really love our white appliances.  They're bright and clean looking, they work with the white painted cabinets, and they don't fingerprint.  What's not to like?

I am SO with you on the white appliances! We put white appliances in our last house. They were less expensive than stainless and showed no grime (that's HUGE, I tell you!). Our current apartment has a stainless fridge and a black stove. They are the bane of my existence. They *always* look filthy. We also have granite countertops. I don't know if it is just me being a butterfingers but I have broken so many glasses and mugs on that stupid countertop because it is so hard. The laminate countertops at our old place were pretty ugly, but I never broke anything on them. :)

I haven't seen the recycled glass countertops yet, but when we talked about replacing our old ones I was leaning towards stainless. I loved the look and the practicality.
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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #52 on: January 05, 2018, 11:39:02 AM »
I donít think I ever even noticed countertops until around 2005 when I started watching cable TV again and learned that if a house didnít have granite and stainless appliances that it should probably be set on fire.

Exactly...and unfortunately for the homeowners, all of these houses are uninsured...because what kind of crappy insurance company would insure a house that doesn't have stainless appliances and granite countertops? The horrors!

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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #53 on: January 05, 2018, 11:44:24 AM »
My countertops were put in probably 30 years ago.  They still do the job.  It would take a lot of damage for them not to.

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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #54 on: January 08, 2018, 06:18:05 AM »
We have a nice granite island and had Formica countertops which I hated but it's what we could afford at the time.   We were going to spend the $8k to convert them all to granite to match the island but in a last minute stroke of genius I settled on reclaimed American Chestnut countertops. They are gorgeous and so much warmer than the old laminate were and the granite would have been.   Left the granite island which looks even better now offset by the wood everywhere else.  It's been a few years and so far they have held up like new.  So what's old is new again in my house. 

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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #55 on: January 08, 2018, 09:07:52 AM »
We have a fancy-ass kitchen in a custom-built clown house. Granite, stainless, stone floors, the works. However, the house was not custom built for us. It was a spec house, finished at the precipice of the crash. We bought it on a short sale several years later, so we paid builder grade prices for luxury finishes. I admit, except for fingerprints on the stainless steel (grrrr), it is nice. In fact, I'm rather surprised at how nice it is. It sure makes it easy to enjoy the privilege of cooking at home everyday. It tickles me that most of the contents of the kitchen, and the rest of the house, were purchased second hand.

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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #56 on: January 08, 2018, 04:09:29 PM »
"I am not my countertops" just had to. Everytime I see that thread heading makes me think to do that!
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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #57 on: January 09, 2018, 07:36:04 AM »

I can confirm that people are their countertops. It is apparently the single most important decision in building a house.  I witnessed a middle aged woman throw a tantrum because she couldnít find a quartz top with enough sparkle in it and another confess to me that she was terrified of making the wrong choice because everyone in her book club might talk about it behind her back (I suggested that book club was not for her).

I feel like this needs to be a short story. Or a plot thread in a sitcom at the very least.

"But the quartz doesn't have enough sparkle!  What will the book club think?"

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« Reply #58 on: January 10, 2018, 12:33:56 AM »
We are in the midst of a speedypants kitchen remodel.  We moved into our 1970's house 13 years ago and survived just fine with 40+ year old cabinets we painted and put new knobs on.  I love to cook, though, and have been dreaming of a better layout and, tbh, a more beautiful space.

I crack up at all the pronouncements about granite, which used to be a "must have" and now people denigrate as "so over" and have moved on to quartz, generally.  We ended up choosing granite, partially bc I love that it's ancient rock right in your house and pretty to me, but probably even moreso that I resist climbing on the trendy bandwagon: marble looking quartz, white shaker cabinets etc. 

It's embarrassing to admit how much thought I gave to which countertop we'd ultimately choose, but I know I'll keep them for the next 20+ years, as long as we live in this house, trends be damned.

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« Reply #59 on: January 10, 2018, 05:43:15 AM »
Funnily enough, shortly after my post here about not caring about countertops, we bought new countertops, lol.

Ours are 40 year old laminate thatís falling apart, and our faucet is literally disintegrating. We want to put in a bigger sink, which we already have, so we need new countertops for that. (Already ha the sink, couldnít replace just the faucet in the meantime because the new sink has different holes)
I was willing to wait another 2 years until our debt it totally gone, living with disintegrating crap in our kitchen, but DHís contractor friend offered to do the work for free and throw in a free faucet.

I think he took pity on us, which is kind of funny because heís the one who declared bankruptcy a few years ago and we make 3X what he does, but Iíll take his pity if it means moving my kitchen reno timeline up by 2 years.

We took off to Lowes, picked from the in-stock laminates, didnít even bother looking at the other custom laminates that we could have ordered. Picked the plainest grey slab they had on the wall (I dislike when it tries to look like imitation stone, it doesnít look like stone) and called it a day for a few hundred bucks.

My rationale was that literally anything would be worlds better than the garbage we have now, so why pay a premium when the vast majority of my happiness will come from just getting rid of whatís falling apart?

I donít even really care about the countertop, I am so excited for a new faucet and a bigger sink!!!

So, yíknow what? I guess I kind of am my countertops: damn practical :P

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« Reply #60 on: January 10, 2018, 06:49:12 AM »
The reason I'd pick quartz over granite is durability and not having to reseal after a few years. Plus, I think it's prettier. The cheaper quartz I've priced is about the same as mid-range granite. 

I love that some of y'all are happy with the cheaper practical option of laminate. It wouldn't work in our house if we had to sell. (Which we might, this is not our fire location.) Realtor said to do granite if we wanted to sell quickly (instead of the craptastic floor tile countertops that we currently have). So when, if, we do the work,  the upgrade to quartz would all be on me. I won't do white on white though, and no subway tile backsplash. And no shiplap, and no pine boards on the ceiling. And I will not be installing a barn door on my pantry, with chalkboard paint, declaring "live, love, eat. "

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« Reply #61 on: January 10, 2018, 08:29:01 AM »
The reason I'd pick quartz over granite is durability and not having to reseal after a few years. Plus, I think it's prettier. The cheaper quartz I've priced is about the same as mid-range granite. 

I love that some of y'all are happy with the cheaper practical option of laminate. It wouldn't work in our house if we had to sell. (Which we might, this is not our fire location.) Realtor said to do granite if we wanted to sell quickly (instead of the craptastic floor tile countertops that we currently have). So when, if, we do the work,  the upgrade to quartz would all be on me. I won't do white on white though, and no subway tile backsplash. And no shiplap, and no pine boards on the ceiling. And I will not be installing a barn door on my pantry, with chalkboard paint, declaring "live, love, eat. "

Oh absolutely.
If we were selling within a few years, I would do stone countertops, no question.
In fact, when we are ready to sell in 15-20 years, we will likely move out, upgrade the whole place to the latest in shiny new trends, and never even live in it renovated, but it will be worth it as an investment because everything in here is alrwady so dated that substantial cosmetic upgrades will be a very worthwhile investment.
We just donít care about them for us.

Donít get me wrong, itís not like I donít care what my house looks like, itís just that my eye isnít for the quality of countertops and cabinets. As long as theyíre the right colour tone for my esthetic, Iím happy.

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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #62 on: January 10, 2018, 08:47:32 AM »
We are doing our kitchen remodel right now.  Mrs honeyfill is in charge but I am tagging along to all the meetings.  It started because Mrs HF hated the tile counter tops but it has grown to ripping out walls , floors, some new appliances , the works.  Looks like I will be lucky to keep it under 50k. 
But as for the all important counter tops , she decided on quartz. It has no resealing it  stands up to stains better etc.  I am immune to the cost now.  They have beaten me into submission!  And by the way we always went with the black appliances , stainless steel never made any sense to us. 



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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #63 on: January 10, 2018, 09:30:48 AM »
The reason I'd pick quartz over granite is durability and not having to reseal after a few years. Plus, I think it's prettier. The cheaper quartz I've priced is about the same as mid-range granite. 

I love that some of y'all are happy with the cheaper practical option of laminate. It wouldn't work in our house if we had to sell. (Which we might, this is not our fire location.) Realtor said to do granite if we wanted to sell quickly (instead of the craptastic floor tile countertops that we currently have). So when, if, we do the work,  the upgrade to quartz would all be on me. I won't do white on white though, and no subway tile backsplash. And no shiplap, and no pine boards on the ceiling. And I will not be installing a barn door on my pantry, with chalkboard paint, declaring "live, love, eat. "

LOL ... gee, I wonder which show you might be referencing ... set in Waco, perhaps?

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« Reply #64 on: January 10, 2018, 09:41:06 AM »
Never even seen the show, but those suggestions are all over my pinterest. :) I'm more of a modern/minimalist with an accent or two of mid-century modern thrown in.

Our appliances are black, which I love. Cabinets are white. So if I get new countertops, they'll be greige maybe,  to match the neutral darker brown tile floor (which will also remain).  Aiming for $4000-$6000 max on reno.

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« Reply #65 on: January 10, 2018, 01:02:40 PM »
W put in Corian about 20 years ago, before granite was a thing. We still love it and it looks as good as new, but I never hear about it any more.

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« Reply #66 on: January 10, 2018, 01:53:42 PM »
Never even seen the show, but those suggestions are all over my pinterest. :) I'm more of a modern/minimalist with an accent or two of mid-century modern thrown in.

Our appliances are black, which I love. Cabinets are white. So if I get new countertops, they'll be greige maybe,  to match the neutral darker brown tile floor (which will also remain).  Aiming for $4000-$6000 max on reno.

This is similar to our colour scheme.
Black appliances, white cabinets, neutral light brown tile floor, and weíre going with a grey/greige countertop.

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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #67 on: January 11, 2018, 09:07:04 AM »

I blame HGTV.

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« Reply #68 on: January 11, 2018, 10:02:03 AM »
W put in Corian about 20 years ago, before granite was a thing. We still love it and it looks as good as new, but I never hear about it any more.
Two of our rentals have Corian countertops, about the same age as yours. It's holding up just fine.
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« Reply #69 on: January 11, 2018, 10:15:42 AM »
We have a fancy-ass kitchen in a custom-built clown house. Granite, stainless, stone floors, the works. However, the house was not custom built for us. It was a spec house, finished at the precipice of the crash. We bought it on a short sale several years later, so we paid builder grade prices for luxury finishes. I admit, except for fingerprints on the stainless steel (grrrr), it is nice. In fact, I'm rather surprised at how nice it is. It sure makes it easy to enjoy the privilege of cooking at home everyday. It tickles me that most of the contents of the kitchen, and the rest of the house, were purchased second hand.

Our version of this game is: "What a lovely house. I wonder who lives there?"

The fingerprints are what make stainless steel suck.  That and the non-magnetic fridge front, but I guess more expensive ones are magnetic?

I hate the damn fingerprints.

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« Reply #70 on: January 11, 2018, 12:40:37 PM »
We have a fancy-ass kitchen in a custom-built clown house. Granite, stainless, stone floors, the works. However, the house was not custom built for us. It was a spec house, finished at the precipice of the crash. We bought it on a short sale several years later, so we paid builder grade prices for luxury finishes. I admit, except for fingerprints on the stainless steel (grrrr), it is nice. In fact, I'm rather surprised at how nice it is. It sure makes it easy to enjoy the privilege of cooking at home everyday. It tickles me that most of the contents of the kitchen, and the rest of the house, were purchased second hand.

Our version of this game is: "What a lovely house. I wonder who lives there?"

The fingerprints are what make stainless steel suck.  That and the non-magnetic fridge front, but I guess more expensive ones are magnetic?

I hate the damn fingerprints.
Funny, I just had to go check...yup, there's a magnet on my fridge. It's the booby prize from a group of friends we play dice with. Apparently one of us "won" it when we were hosting. Someone stuck it there and I hardly noticed it. Doesn't endear me to SS one iota more though.

Hey, wait another minute... We did some work on my old house recently for the new buyers. Long story, basically DH is a prince among men and they are super nice too. They replaced the refrigerator with a new SS one and the upper cabinet needed to be modified to fit, so he modified it for them. They have three little kids and the new fridge was plastered with pictures in these cool flexible holders. Literally, sheets of photos all over the fridge. They were sticking just fine. Maybe it's just some models that aren't magnetic?
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Re: Say it with me--I am not my countertops
« Reply #71 on: January 11, 2018, 01:12:00 PM »
Oh wow, so if I replace my fridge I have to consider if the replacement will be magnetic? What will I do with all my free nonsense magnets from the last ~five years!?

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« Reply #72 on: January 11, 2018, 01:31:00 PM »
Seriously what's with all the granite countertops? They are no longer a specialty since everybody has them. This was an argument I had with my realtor when I sold my last place.

I recently read an article about a woman whose mobile home got destroyed during Hurricane Irma in Southwest Florida. She went shopping for a new mobile home and realized they were unaffordable since they were all being built with these fancy kitchens and stuff. Don't builders realize they need to build for all tiers of the market?

I actually just re-did my kitchen and installed Quartz. Its amazing.

I did the research on granite and the more I learned the less I liked it. And, I didn't want to go thru granite yards looking at slabs for the right colors. Plus, there are different levels of granite and some are pretty expensive anyway. So I picked out a great Quartz color and it looked exactly as I expected and feels great. Highly recommend it over granite.

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« Reply #73 on: January 11, 2018, 03:00:28 PM »
The best magnet on the refrigerator (gift to Dad, from son):

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« Reply #74 on: January 11, 2018, 03:27:44 PM »
Has anyone done the quartz from Ikea?  That's what I've got my eye on. 

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« Reply #75 on: January 11, 2018, 04:08:02 PM »
Our kitchen has a vintage look in keeping with the 1940 birthday of the house, and when we redid the counters we compared 12" squares of white marble ($3.99/sf) with solid granite ($39/sf).  It was no contest.  DH honed the tiles to have a satin finish, and I have to say it is really nice to just put hot pans and stuff right on the counter and not worry about melting it.  I'm sure the tiny 1/8" grout lines would HORRIFY some spendypants people!  OMG WE COULDN'T POSSIBLY.  For a 90% savings we can rough it, and it looks and performs great.

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« Reply #76 on: January 11, 2018, 04:46:46 PM »
W put in Corian about 20 years ago, before granite was a thing. We still love it and it looks as good as new, but I never hear about it any more.
Two of our rentals have Corian countertops, about the same age as yours. It's holding up just fine.
Best thing about Corian is it can be repaired so easily. If it does get stained or scratched you can buff them out, eithe using a non-scratch kitchen scourer or if the bench is glossy, some polishing equipment.

If someone really makes a mess of it, I used to tell people to have the installer leave some decent sized offcuts because a piece can be cut out and replaced and if the repairer does a good job, the joins should be very hard to spot.

Also way less likely to smash your glasses on Corian vs stone

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« Reply #77 on: January 11, 2018, 06:04:52 PM »
For those of you who have quartz:  are you able to put hot pots on it?

That's my only complaint with formica - I often find myself looking for a place to park an extra pot or pan and can't find one.  I'd really like my new counters to be able to provide that.

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« Reply #78 on: January 11, 2018, 06:19:36 PM »
For those of you who have quartz:  are you able to put hot pots on it?

That's my only complaint with formica - I often find myself looking for a place to park an extra pot or pan and can't find one.  I'd really like my new counters to be able to provide that.
Yes and no but mostly no.

The heat can cause two potential issues. First dulling of the surface, you probably wonít see it but when a device is used to measure the gloss levels, the dull spot left can be traced out. Why would you even look for that? Because the heat can cause cracks and cracks due to heat stress are not covered by warranty.

People will tell you theyíve been doing it for years with no problems and I used to do it without issue before I started working for a supplier. After seeing a bunch of people really sad about their expensive cracked quartz, I donít do it anymore.

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« Reply #79 on: January 11, 2018, 06:43:43 PM »
I got quartz countertops in May, and I bought 8 wooden cutting boards in May.
I have them strategically placed around the kitchen so it's no bother, to ANYONE, to put their hot whatever on a cutting board.
Our builder showed us theirs, we went over to TheHusbandHalf's coworker's house and they said the same, nothing you couldn't comfortably touch with your hand should be placed on the quartz without a good hot pad or cutting board.

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« Reply #80 on: January 12, 2018, 07:31:24 AM »
Has anyone done the quartz from Ikea?  That's what I've got my eye on.

I did, and it's gorgeous. It doesn't stain, doesn't scratch through normal use (knives, pots, cleaning products), though if you accidentally drop a microwave on it from a couple of feet up a week after having it installed, it will show a small scratch. I am a touch hard on my kitchens (I make huge batches of stain-y things and am accident prone), and it still looks new so long as you don't look under the potted plant to see the tiny microwave scratch. I went with a dark grey counter along with the white cabinets, did some fancy white tile backsplash myself and painted the walls a cheery turquoise and am delighted with the result.

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« Reply #81 on: January 12, 2018, 10:31:15 AM »
Has anyone done the quartz from Ikea?  That's what I've got my eye on.

I did, and it's gorgeous. It doesn't stain, doesn't scratch through normal use (knives, pots, cleaning products), though if you accidentally drop a microwave on it from a couple of feet up a week after having it installed, it will show a small scratch. I am a touch hard on my kitchens (I make huge batches of stain-y things and am accident prone), and it still looks new so long as you don't look under the potted plant to see the tiny microwave scratch. I went with a dark grey counter along with the white cabinets, did some fancy white tile backsplash myself and painted the walls a cheery turquoise and am delighted with the result.


Thanks for the info.  I'd love to see pics!

I'll be doing white cabinets and I've narrowed down the walls to turquoise or light green.  I'm torn between cheerful and classic. 

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« Reply #82 on: January 12, 2018, 11:16:46 AM »
Has anyone done the quartz from Ikea?  That's what I've got my eye on.

I did, and it's gorgeous. It doesn't stain, doesn't scratch through normal use (knives, pots, cleaning products), though if you accidentally drop a microwave on it from a couple of feet up a week after having it installed, it will show a small scratch. I am a touch hard on my kitchens (I make huge batches of stain-y things and am accident prone), and it still looks new so long as you don't look under the potted plant to see the tiny microwave scratch. I went with a dark grey counter along with the white cabinets, did some fancy white tile backsplash myself and painted the walls a cheery turquoise and am delighted with the result.



How difficult was the backsplash to diy?  I think I could do the demo & sheet rock repair myself, but I've never installed tile before. That could be a way to really reduce the cost of our upgrades.