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Mstrlucky74 03-28-2013 11:25 AM

Countertop Trends
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Me and my wife were probably going to get a granite kitchen countertop but were thinking if there any new "trends" that people were starting to use for countertops. Has anyone seen this? Thanks

Blondesense 03-28-2013 11:38 AM

There have been some weird ones coming out in the last few years.
Try Googling recycled counter tops and see what you come up with.

Fix'n it 03-28-2013 09:04 PM

don't buy a "trend". buy what you like. if you are selling = granite.

stadry 03-29-2013 07:14 AM

seen what ? new trends OR did you forget a link/pic ?

granite, quartz, s/s, soapstone, formica, copper, wood, concrete - they're all avail,,, when we redid our k, my bride, nagzilla, decided to inspect EVERY slab w/i 50m of atl,,, gas was over $4.25gal 3yrs ago but she didn't mind :censored:

i like the ' buy what YOU like ! post,,, IF you're staying there,,, IF you're emigrating from ny 'cause of jr cuomo & the rest of the idiot dems, buy conservatively so you won't upset the next guy who buys your very fine home :thumbsup:

you're welcome :yes:

cleveman 03-29-2013 09:52 PM

All the cool kids are going to tile with a wood edge.

ddawg16 03-29-2013 09:58 PM


Originally Posted by cleveman (Post 1148773)
All the cool kids are going to tile with a wood edge.

I guess they didn't do their homework......

That is what we have will be replaced with granite this summer....

stadry 03-29-2013 10:22 PM

homework ? in iowa ? :laughing:

here's a thought - there isn't ANY granite avail today at what the market considers an affordable price,,, most of the granites are what we used to consider trash - not worth the cost of quarrying, transporting, sawing, polishing, transporting, fabricating, & installing,,, then again, we never worried about ' trends ' as we built monuments,,, even the wonderful sparkly stuff nagzilla selected is trash but don't tell her :no:

Fix'n it 03-30-2013 08:43 AM


Originally Posted by cleveman (Post 1148773)
All the cool kids are going to tile with a wood edge.


Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1148780)
I guess they didn't do their homework......

That is what we have will be replaced with granite this summer....

yep. tile is the cheap way. but, if done right, it will look good.

and i do agree that granite is somewhat over priced. but, it does take a lot of labor to get it to its new home.

Fix'n it 03-30-2013 08:49 AM


Originally Posted by itsreallyconc (Post 1148308)
'cause of jr cuomo & the rest of the idiot dems

they are not idiots. they know exactly what they are trying to do.
they are wanna-be dictators and socialists.

please explain what you mean by "trash granite". i am going to be in the market for granite in the next few months.

ddawg16 03-30-2013 09:24 AM

Just about any counter top can have issues.....

Granite, it not sealed properly can get easily stained....

Tiles can get cracked....grout of the surfaces that tends to get dated because of patterns and color....but still one of the best semi-low cost surfaces.....and considering the reasonable cost....a surface that can be changed every 15 years....and be done by the average DIY'r

Corian will give you a big mess if you put a hot pot on it.....other than's a good surface....very non-porous...most commonly used in hospitals

Laminate....except for the pealing edges, it's still one of the better low cost solutions...pretty tough....easy to clean....lots of colors an patterns to choose from (all of which go out of style the minute you install it)

Butcher Block? If done in the right spot and right style of kitchen....a very long lasting of the few that can wear and age with class...only can retains some nasty stuff if you use it to cut chicken and don't clean it properly....I think a section of counter top done as butcher block looks great and gives a kitchen a lot of function.

Marble...looks great....but it scratches easier than granite and stains easily from red wine or fruits...if your into a lot of baking....a section of marble for rolling dough is great.

Counter tops have the same issue as the you go stainless steel, white....harvest gold? I think everyone would agree that stainless steel has the best 'staying power'......for counter's not so much the material as the choice of colors and combination with the cabinets that 'dates' the look.

Remember....what is just going out of style now will be back in style in about 25 years....makes me wish I had saved my bell bottoms from the 70's....though I'm glad the guys platform shoes are not coming back...those things were dangerous....but I did look pretty b!itchen in them....

stadry 04-01-2013 05:46 AM

dawg's got the right idea,,, as for granite, look closely at the polishing,,, IF you see any ' little seams ' 'tween the feldspar & mica pieces, be wary as they'll only become more prominent w/age,,, was always suspect of granites that were touted as ' sealed w/our proprietary ' eye-of-newt elixir,,, proper polishing seals granite

now, having said all that, i dismount my high horse as we have ' trash ' in our home AND down @ the shore - makes sense as my bride, nagzilla, design'd & saelected both,,, walk into1 & you're in the other so to speak :wink: @ the house, after 3yrs, small pits & pockmarx are showing up which means i'll have to get out the akemi & repair them right after she gets me new golf clubs :thumbup: for my b-day,,, probably be the same @ the shore, too.

everyone buys on $ so be smarter, buy VALUE, & save your narrow ties ! :thumbsup:

JamesRW 04-03-2013 10:02 AM

Reading through this thread, I appreciate the knowledge and ideas, so I am hoping it is alright to jump into this discussion with another countertop question.
We are doing some upgrading in our present kitchen that was completely remodeled by the previous owners in 2004.
Present countertops are Volga Blue, with the backsplash running all the way to the ceiling. Would not have been our choice, but for the cost and the quality, we're working with it! That being said, it's alot of "black". To offset some of the dark color, the cabinets will be refinished in a white high grade paint or lacquer.
We have found an island "furniture" piece that fits perfectly, but needs a new top. Size is 24 x 48. We have also found a very nice vintage slab of carrara marble that is 30" x 70" x 1" that was removed from a historical building for $100. A local fabrication shop will cut and edge it for $75 (basic edge).
I would need to build or borrow a frame to transport it, and organize help to load it.
What is everyone's opinion of the cost versus the work and value of doing this compared to ordering a new piece?
Any suggestions on how best to handle it for moving?

GBrackins 04-03-2013 10:15 AM

I came across a kitchens trends online magazine and thought it may prove an interesting read

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