|Pretty I guess, but that looks like stone vomit to me. here|
When you're poor but want granite you look at Corian:
|Corian's new metallic collection here|
Speaking of quartz, it's what I really was jonesing for:
Now maybe at this point maybe you're all thinking about all the obvious inherent benefits to each product that might sway me like this one is more green and this one doesn't scratch but these differences are so negligible that it's pretty much a wash. They're all between roughly $40 and $80 a square foot and are durable products. "But you can totally set a boiling hot pan on this surface with no problems!!!" Omigawd that is awesome because I can't count how many times I have wished I could set a dangerous dish on any surface in my house only to be foiled by the laws of physics and common sense! If being able to set a hot pan on your counter is a selling point you might also be the type person who wishes they could leave their kids in hot cars all day because it's just so darn convenient. Buy a fucking trivet. And some birth control.
The majority of customers buy products - any product - based on color and price. That includes me. Wait - I'm not for sale (but if I was my bargain rates and delicate angel skin would be a no brainer!) I meant color and price are MY #1 concern too.
So that leaves me with laminate. According to all my "research" a low end kitchen remodel (which is what I am doing) just includes updated laminate counters.
|Formica's "marble" courtesy of Cupboards|
I found some decent color choices but when I priced it out it was over $1000 for my space. Are you fucking kidding me??! For a product that I don't even really like that much?? Nick - you guys remember Nick from Cupboards right? - assured me I was getting hosed but as I stood in front of sign at Home Depot it said $15-$30 a square foot installed really WAS the price.
What's a Madame to do??! Go to IKEA and dream of course!!
Lo and behold what I found at IKE-RA (that's pronounced like 'She-Ra' because I'm now the Princess of Kitchen Power. Or 'Shakira' but with a lingonberry twang because these hips don't lie.):
|Numerar, I love you.|
|Fuse Interiors via Design + You|
|I think that's originally from an IKEA hack forum but... via Design + You|
Seriously. That is stunning. Laminate counters everywhere just shit their pants.
But my fears weren't completely assuaged - it's soooo cheap.... is it really made of sawdust and Ektorp offal while held together with the ball paste of a jungle construction worker? So Nick and I decided to call the Queen of all IKE-RAkitchens - Becky Shankle (@ecomod) of Eco-Modernism.
|via The Brick House|
Becky's specialty is fabulosity and IKE-RA kitchen things so we had a tweep collabo and conference call while I was in the middle of an Office Depot drinking some sweet tea. Fortunately she's also from the South so I could feel free to be as twangy as I wanted to be. (Is that a country song? It should be.) After a few minutes of "hey y'alls" and "how's your mommanems?" she assured us that it was a good product and I shouldn't be worried. I was totally professional though and only said one cuss word. I think... Fortunately I had already scared everyone away within a 20 foot radius of the pen section I was browsing in. Kitchen Tawlk brings out the best in people. So thank you for your help, Becky! My buttcheeks were further unclenched!
|via somewhere on Convoy that you'll never find again...|
|via Apartment Therapy|
Apparently you're required to have open shelves with a butcher block counter but I ain't doin' that because I hate dusting. I do think they are great to warm up a space and I'm squeeing twofold for them. I'll post later about the installation and sealing method I've chosen because I'm still researching that. Feel free to add your own thoughts and experiences in the comments to help keep my buttcheeks from clenching due to the anxiety of figuring out that part.
Right now I'm just hoping they're in stock when I go to Hotlanta to pick them up this weekend. I don't know how I'm going to fit all that wood in my trunk...