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!
Need to review or play catch up on our full kitchen renovation?
Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four | Day Five | Day Six | Day 7 & 8 | Day 9 & 10 | Day 11, 12, & 13 | Day 14 | Day 15 | Day 16 | Day 17 | Day 18-Complete