Fluff- Countertop (Personal)

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Fluff- Countertop (Personal)

1. If money was not an object and you were redoing your kitchen, what kind of countertop would you get?

2. If money was an object, but you still wanted something nice, what kind of countertop would you get?

Thanks!

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I would go with granite. I know it is spendy but it last forever and looks great. They have some cheaper options of granite out there too, so look into options

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"mom3girls" wrote:

I would go with granite. I know it is spendy but it last forever and looks great. They have some cheaper options of granite out there too, so look into options

Same here!

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Would you ever consider a tile, or only a solid piece?

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I had tile in my old house, I didnt like it. I had it changed out because cleaning out the grout was a pain. My brother just put tile in his new kitchen and likes it but he says he plans on resealing the grout at least 2x a year.

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I hate granite counters, or maybe I just hate the really dark ones that everyone here seems to love. If you can't afford a big piece then you have an obvious seam from the grain lines and texture differences, and granite shows dust & streaks like crazy. We stayed at a place last year that had concrete counters and they were fabulous. They had little chips of colored glass and the top had been sanded & sealed, and it was so beautiful. The sink was built into the counter and the area just to the side of the sink was gently sloped so any splashes or draining dishes ran right back to the sink. And because concrete counters are custom-buit, there is no seam issue or trying to match colors on different pieces. I also like the look of slate, but it chips easily if you're prone to dropping things.

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I wouldn't do tile if you like to bake. I hated tile when I baked.

I'm with Stacey on granite. I know it's what you should put if you want to increase value but I'm tired of it.

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"Jessica80" wrote:

I wouldn't do tile if you like to bake. I hated tile when I baked.

I'm with Stacey on granite. I know it's what you should put if you want to increase value but I'm tired of it.

So do you mind if I ask what you do want?

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haha I really don't know. More of knowing what I wouldn't want.

I do like butcher block.

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We have looked into butcher block. I wonder how that would be as far as keeping it clean and being able to put something hot on it.

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I had butcher block once & it was fine. I never thought to put anything hot on it, but I have never thought of putting anything hot on any counter. The landlord gave us a bottle of stuff we were supposed to rub on it regularly, which I forgot to do until just before we moved out, but he didn't seem to notice and I couldn't really tell, either. Also one time when we dropped a knife I just sanded the scratch out, but I don't think you're supposed to do that, LOL!

I like tile but grout is a PITA if it hasn't been really well sealed, and small tiles can be wobbly when you set glasses down. I do like bigger tiles with a very tiny grout line in between, and I really love colored grout that highlights an accent color in the kitchen but that would might limit your resale value if someone else doesn't like your color choices. But TBH I wouldn't be remodeling *my* kitchen with the thought of pleasing anyone else but me. You never know what someone else is going to like or want, kwim?

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My mom has corion in her motor home. It looks really nice and when she had a burn mark Dh was able to buff it out for her. I have no idea on cost though.

I also do love concrete, we have really thought about it for our kitchen because DH doesnt really like granite. I think it is fairly comparable in cost to granite though unless you know someone that can help do it yourself

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I like the butcher block idea too.

Mostly I just don't like my current kitchen counter. It looks terrible in photos, which matters 'cause I'm always taking them for my blog.

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"Spacers" wrote:

but I have never thought of putting anything hot on any counter.

I do not mean putting something hot directly on the counter. SIL was telling me that she can not have any heat on her counter. She can not have a crock pot on her counter.

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I HATE my tile countertop. The only good thing about it is that I can put hot things on it directly from the stove, but it always looks dirty and it really hard to clean. I dont think it was done correctly in the first place though.

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I HATE my tile countertop. The only good thing about it is that I can put hot things on it directly from the stove, but it always looks dirty and it really hard to clean. I dont think it was done correctly in the first place though.

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I have granite and I like it. I cut things on it and put hot pans on it. I think if I couldn't afford granite and I had to make a choice between granite tile or laminate I would probably go for the granite tile, as long as it was the big tiles with as small grout lines as possible and a dark colored grout.

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Id look into quartz or soapstone with a butcher block island. I have granite in my kitchen and basement wet bar and I love it- easy to care for, no seams, and I can cut on it or put hot pans on it.

I would never do tile. Food and grout simply don't mix in my world.