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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kitchen face-lift {part eleven} – Counter tops

There were already granite counter tops in this kitchen before we started our little remodel.  In fact, we thought we were going to keep them.  But it wasn’t a color that I was particularly fond of and would not have picked it out if given the choice.  So once the decision was made to get new counters, a whole world of possibilities opened up to us. 

We knew we still wanted the natural stone of granite rather than the engineered “Silestone” type products.  So that narrowed the field a little.  And we had put Baltic Brown granite in our previous house and liked it, so we knew that was a possibility and that it would likely be our choice this time as well.

But then, we went to the granite showroom and saw so many beautiful pieces of granite.  Just beautiful.

You know, all it takes is a walk through a granite showroom for you to see the incredible creativity of God.  Only the Lord could put some of those colors and patterns together and have them look as beautiful as they did.  It’s amazing.

So we went in to the granite showroom with a pretty good idea  of what we would pick and came out asking for quotes on several different pieces.  One in particular, called Volcano Satin, was a beautiful piece with the huge vein of color running through it and a wonderful textured finish.  It was incredible.  And expensive.

In the end, cooler heads prevailed and we went with our original choice of Baltic Brown.  Not only because of the more reasonable price tag, but because the way our counter tops were, we felt like we wouldn’t have a sufficient large area to showcase the beauty of the Volcano granite.  And, like the floors we had to recognize that the counter top was not the showpiece of the room. 

The floor and counter tops are supporting actors in our kitchen, not the star.


The counter top now provides a raised bar area that we did not have before and we are all really excited about that.

I walked in to the kitchen to take a picture for this blog post and almost cleared everything off of the counter tops.  But it made me so happy to see the room look inhabited again, that I left everything just as it was.  Chicken Express cup of tea and all.

IMG_0823*happy sigh*


Kay said...

Those counters are pretty!!! I can't wait to see the whole shabang when you get 'er all dressed up and finished. I know you can't wait to get in there and do some cooking! :)

And ya gotta leave the cup..they have good tea. But so does Sonic. And Chick-fil-a. : )

Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead said...

Beautiful granite coloring. We waited months and months for our granite to arrive out of Italy. It was excruciating. But all those months of cooking on a 2-burner gas camping stove were unforgettable as well. Not that we'd like to give up our kitchen and go back to that. Although we do miss gas... :)

You guys are doing a beautiful job on the kitchen!

Melinda said...

We've had Baltic Brown in two houses, too; one was a remodel and the other we built from scratch. I was never disappointed with it! Your kitchen looks BEAUTIFUL, right down to that Chicken Express cup. :o)

Gayle @ TrainingOlives said...

Your kitchen makeover is turning out absolutely beautiful, girl!

I love, love, love granite countertops.

Moana said...

The reason people go with the Granite Kitchen Countertop is because it is so durable. With minimal maintenance, granite countertop will continue to look brand new years later.

Granite Kitchen Countertop