Countertops-so many decisions. A few weeks ago I had some time sans kiddos in the afternoon so I shuffled my booty over to the Basco appliance outlet, Schoolhouse electric (ok, this was just for fun and to drool a little while sipping on some coffee from Ristretto Roasters) and Pental Granite
They have an amazing selection of just about any kind of solid surface countertop you can imagine. A couple people had referred me there. After signing a waiver for your life and limbs, you are free to roam hundreds of slabs of counter tops. Then you can write down the ones you like, and they will send you home with a cute little bag of samples. I did just that.
|the big piece is the honed absolute granite|
I have always imagined lovely black honed countertops. While shiny counters look great in some peoples kitchens, it's just not for us. Not for old houses wanting to maintain/revive their historic charm. I think we are going to go with absolute granite in a honed finish. We were considering the anticado absolute black finish (which is basically honed with some indentations in it) but Steve noticed that things just seem to slide (which doesn't make sense being that it is not completely smooth) around on it. We have heard that fingerprints show on dark honed granite, however, my neighbor has dark honed granite and 3 kids-the prints in her kitchen don't bother me or Steve so I think we're good on that. I looked at many black quartz countertops, but none of them were quite solid enough in color for me.
|both pix via|
I also love the look of Carrara marble but well, that won't work for us. We are just too messy of people. yup. We don't wipe down our counters each time we use them. Sometimes not even each day. I can just imagine juice and wine staining the counters the first week. Yes, you can have the stains removed, but for a price. Lovely, but not practical for people with kids. Unless you don't allow colored liquids, or food for that matter, in your home, or you never eat at your home. We are neither. However, I did do some research into other materials that resemble marble. I found a couple great blogs that show other options that closely resemble Carrara marble.
I feel in love with the Corian Rain cloud when I was at Ikea (although I only saw a small sample) but then I was doing some research and found out that Corian scratches, is soft (I love the hardy feel of granite) and can burn with prolonged heat ( I will admit that I do not always
Just for fun, this lady was having the same countertop conundrum as me last fall and she decided on superwhite granite-doesn't that look awesome!
Other colors mentioned over at Aubrey & Lindsays Little House blog are Caesarstone misty carrera and cambria torquay. The 4 men, 1 lady blog recommends white quartzite, pearl quartzite, quartzite super white, and cashmere white granite. Based on the pix, my fav is probably the quartzite super white. We need to find a local place (maybe pental?) that carries this color to go check it out.
What counter top material have you found to work in your kitchen? Any great places or installers in Portland to recommend? budget friendly?
What material really is best? I have done a bit of research on this topic so more to come soon!