Before I tell you about our new granite kitchen island I have to mention this…
Do Your Countertops Match?
We’re having a debate in my house about our countertops in the kitchen and whether or not our island should match the rest of our counters.
When we bought this house in 2010, the kitchen was definitely one of the items that sold us. It was the best kitchen we saw of all the houses we looked at during our hunt.
Don’t even get me started on the floor. Sigh.
We think that might have been where a bathroom was on the first floor of the house, and it was taken out in the kitchen remodel.
We also have a nice island in the middle of the room. I’ve never lived in a home with one, and they are fantastic for food prep, serving, gathering, and more.
You’ll notice that our island is made of the bead board, which is along the back wall and has a laminate counter, different from the rest of the granite.
We don’t know if this was a money savings during the makeover or if they wanted it to look different. But that this point I think we have just a few too many different surfaces going on in here. From the bead board to the floor, granite, back splash, random tile wall and drywall, there’s a lot to look at.
I’ve been calling a local granite counter top store every few months to see if they have a remnant of the same granite that we can get for the island. The plan would be to remove the laminate ourselves and replace it with the granite.
Sure enough I called last week and they have a piece in the size we need!
So our big debate is, do we replace the island laminate with the matching granite, or save ourselves about $600 and leave it as it is? This stuff is not cheap, even a remnant is about $50 a square foot.
What do you think?
I’m waiting for a quote from the place today and I hope it’s not too painful. My debate is that they might not have this granite forever and if they don’t then we’re out of luck to match it, and I think it would look good in the kitchen to make things a little more uniform.
Hubs’ debate is that this is not really a necessary item and we have higher priorities that we need to get done, like the porch really needs to be painted and the bathrooms reek of 1990. A very worthy and valid argument.
I’ve considered a butcher block , but that would be just one more surface/texture in the room.
So tell me, do your countertops match? Would you replace the laminate with matching granite? Anyone every do this before? Am I being vain about wanting my kitchen to match when we need new toilets? Should I ask my Valentine if I can have a new countertop instead of diamonds?
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