Monday, March 18, 2013

The countertop decision

So, I like the floors.  I picked the color, and it took me the longest of anyone in my family to like them.  I am super sensitive to color, and they just weren't what I had pictured in my head.  But I think they will be a great background to everything else in our house.

I thought that the floor color and then paint color would be the final decisions in this process, but I have come to the realization that the decisions aren't going to end until we finish construction.  My biggest problem is that I make a decision and then revisit it many times before I move on (which drives my husband crazy).  My latest revisitation was with the countertops.  I had originally selected Cambria white quartz countertops (which aren't supposed to stain or etch or need sealing) but then found out they are out of stock and then read that they might stain.  So, I moved on to Pebble Gray by Caesarstone.  It is still fairly light and uniform and kind of looks like concrete.

I visited Melvin at the stone yard again to see if I could find a marble remnant for my dining room.  It was meant to be, because I immediately saw a beautiful slab of staturetto marble that is perfect -

While I was there, I starting pining for natural stone.  I would love to put this marble in my whole kitchen, but I really don't want to have to worry about my countertops.  I had been steering away from granite, because I just don't like how busy it is.  However, I saw this beautiful quartzite, which is even harder than granite -

It has similar coloring to marble but is still busy like granite.  It might take over the kitchen.  I would also have to change my back splash to accommodate this stone (and I don't need anymore decisions).

I really like this soapstone, which is more subdued -

However, it's a little dark and I've read that it can etch.

So, I'm contemplating my countertop options (until tomorrow when I have to make a final decision).  Then, on to doors and door knobs...


Unknown said...

So, what did you decide on?

Robbie Marinero said...

Indeed, the quartzite is beautiful for countertops. That’s also the design of our bathroom countertop, but ours is granite. It’s been installed in the house for almost 20 years, and it’s still in good condition. BTW, the soapstone is a pretty match to the countertops that you picked. I can’t wait to see the final photos of the kitchen! ->Robbie Marinero

Lisa Jones said...

Cheap way to make it look like you're not cheap. :) I'm not handy by any means, and I was a little afraid of doing this, but it looks great! It really was easy; it's pretty difficult to mess this up if you follow the instructions. I had paint leftover after we finished the kitchen and bathroom. Lynnwood Granite Installation