Kitchen Remodel Day 16 – Countertop Installed

Home Remodel Time

Today’s a big day. Because a kitchen doesn’t look or function like a kitchen without a countertop. And these countertops are my favorite on the whole planet. Not only are they one of the more affordable choices that look nice, but it also functions and feels better than any other type of countertop material in my opinion.

We got the Formica Solid Surface acrylic countertop which is basically solid plastic, but a high quality type of plastic. We selected the one called Natural Concrete. To be quite honest, I’m not sure if home depot still has this, but if they do, I highly recommend checking it out.

(UPDATE: We noticed that some Rubio’s restaurants have these countertops installed, which is funny and weird, but also pretty cool. Rubio’s rocks!)

And without further ado, here they are! TAH DAH!

The countertop installation and our bedroom carpet were the only two things we just went ahead and left to the pros on our entire home renovation.

I also put up some nice shade for the window. Don’t mind all the extra paper towels and trash, we’re still in the finishing touches phase.

There are some cool things about this type of counter material. For one, it does scratch (yes, this is a con). However, if it gets scratched, you simply take a fine grain sandpaper and sand it out. Since it is a solid surface, the design particles of the counter actually go all the way through, so we had a speckled countertop and when you sand it down, the speckled design is not just in a top layer of the countertop, it goes all the way through, almost as if it’s… um… a solid surface… Also, if you get a stain on it, you can also sand the stain out as well.

And my favorite part is probably the sink because it is completely seamless between the countertop and the sink:

So it’s really easy to clean the counter and just swipe stuff into the sink.

And you’ll notice we also got a nice new cool looking faucet. So our new countertop, sink, and faucet is (needless to say) much better than the old version that used to be in this kitchen (with a mouse trap next to it, I might add):

I definitely prefer one lever faucets because when your hands are dirty you can just flip it up to whatever temperature you desire. It’s also faster. With two handles for temperature adjustment, it pretty much takes two hands (or one at a time which is more time consuming) and you tend to get the handles dirtier.

You can even use your arm to turn on a one handle faucet. Can’t do that with those little twisty knobs!

And the kitchen faucet originally in this house was the WORST! It was barely usable. The knobs were super hard to turn, even with clean dry hands (and how often do you turn on a kitchen faucet with clean OR dry hands???) We replaced it immediately after moving in actually, because it was completely unacceptable to me, and we didn’t do the kitchen remodel until two years later.

At this point there are still a few finishing touches left to do on the kitchen. Painting, backsplash, flooring and trim. But I didn’t take any more pics of the rest of the kitchen process, so before I show you the complete before and after of the kitchen, I need to show you the process of the living room and dining room. Some of the “after” pics of the kitchen reveal a bit too much of the living room and dining room and I want to show you the process of these rooms first before I give it all away! Stay tuned for what’s next!

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12 Responses to 'Kitchen Remodel Day 16 – Countertop Installed'

  1. I still have the same countertops and I need new baaad!!!. thanks for the tip on the different surface When I am at The Home Depot I will check them out for sure.
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    • Lisha says:

      I really liked these countertops so much! I especially liked how the countertop flowed right into the sink! That was the best!

  2. kelly says:

    love the countertops–i will have to check that out as an option when i finally get to redoing mine.
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  3. KarenAnita says:

    I’ve just come across your site from BlogDash and you’re doing so well with your kitchen! I’m only about a month or so away from starting a complete kitchen overhaul myself so loving seeing your progress ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Lisha says:

      Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by! Yes, it is so fun to do a kitchen remodel. I mean, yes, it’s hard, and time consuming, and it leaves you without a kitchen in the process, but it’s so great to see the results and have a new kitchen! Good luck with yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi Lisha, love the progress youโ€™ve made with the kitchen remodeling. Canโ€™t wait to see the finished project. For your backsplash I recommend using a tile adhesive like Bondera Tile MatSet.

    • Lisha says:

      Hi Christine! Thanks! We already finished the kitchen in 20010. We’re just now showing it on the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to be using Bondera on a project very soon as soon as I have the time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow! Those counters look beautiful with that white sink. You’re doing a gorgeous job. Can’t wait to see the final reveal!

    I’ll be back for more!


  6. Jessica says:

    I already love your kitchen. Your kitchen is what I want my kitchen to be…. with all the white cabinetry and freshness. I’m hoping I can convince the hubbs to let me paint them but we’ll see. Can’t wait to see your finished product!
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    • Lisha says:

      Hi Jessica. Cool! Yeah I really like the finished product of our kitchen. Very clean and light, but still has a warm traditional feel. Good luck with yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

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