We have slowly worked on our home little by little since we moved in nearly 9 years ago. One project that has been on our “to do” list is the kitchen counters. Each year we consider it, and each year we decide against doing it, because it is just too expensive. This summer we looked at every option, weighed the costs, sold furniture, saved Christmas money and took a very tiny plunge.
(Kitchen a few years ago)
I love our kitchen and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. It was in good working condition (for the most part) and we redid the backsplash when we first moved in. But since then, we have changed our style, worked on the rest of the house and have recently decided that we will being staying put (with no plans to move any time soon).
(Our kitchen last month with new paint color)
With all that being said, we felt comfortable updating our counters a little to enjoy our home that much more. In moving forward, we considered these options,
- laminate (especially the new and improved versions)
- granite slabs
- concrete treatment
Some of these were just too expensive which ruled them out. We nearly decided on the laminate, but after factoring the costs it was too expensive. Even attempting to do it ourselves would be nearly as expensive and wouldn’t have the proper finishing work of a professional. We also decided it was too much of a risk to remove the previous counters in worries of damaging the cabinets. Therefore, I loved and moved forward with the concrete idea and also thought about painting. With some more though we wanted to make sure if we were spending the money it would be an investment. We don’t want to have to replace these counters again in a couple years and I didn’t know enough about painting nor concrete to say if they would last over time.
So we went with something in between all of the options above. I am really looking forward to sharing it with you soon and am proud to say that it was one of the least expensive options outside of painting/concrete (thanks to the help of my father-in-law who put in many hours to make this happen). In my humble opinion it was a great option for homeowners in our position and for our taste.
(Our Kitchen – “In Progress” and a peek at our choice)
As with any project, it takes longer than expected… So we will be finishing it up this weekend. I hope! Thanks so much for stopping by!