Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Deciding on Counter Tops/Overall Inspiration - Post 6/15

For me, this was by far the most difficult and stressful decision. It was the area I felt I knew the least about but after about 5 nights in a row on the computer until midnight, I felt like I had become quite the expert and could sell anyone counter tops.

FIRST, I wanted to share my 5 MAIN INSPIRATION pictures over these multiple month process. These were the pictures, I studied and LOVED. Throughout the entire process, with ALL the millions of decisions, I referred to these pictures so that I could stay consistent in the look I wanted. It is sometimes easy to get confused when you are having to make so many decisions. The five words I wanted to use to describe our future kitchen was CLEAN, CLASSIC, TIMELESS, WHITE & FUNCTIONAL.

This is the picture I first fell in love with marble and the cabinetry style...
This was the room where I visually saw the island I knew we would love...
This was when I knew I wanted contrasting counters on the island and back wall & again solidified the type of cabinet doors I loved.

These next two pictures served as my MAIN overall look I loved and served as my overall inspiration...


SO back to the counter top quest:


During my initial counter top prep process on line, I kept being drawn the the look of MARBLE (the first above picture and the one below here)!! Even in actual granite and marble yards, I was like a marble magnet. I kept finding myself drawn to it. I compare it to shopping for boys clothes when I'm at Target or GapKids.... somehow, without a doubt, I end up in the girls' section, every single time.


The good thing I had going for me, is that  in all my initial research on cabinets, I was 110% certain that marble was NOT right for me or our family. I didn't want a reason to be more nit picky or have another reason to have to constantly be looking over Blake and the kids shoulder if they came within 10 feet of the kitchen. I decided I had enough on my plate. See, MARBLE, is very well know for ETCHING or in lam ens terms, absorbing anything and EVERYTHING you use in your everyday life and if you let it set about 20 seconds too long, you end up with a reminder of what you were enjoying for forever. For instance, wine, marinara sauces, lemon juice... really anything. So I was very confident that although I LOVED the look of it, I would not add the stress of marble to me or my family.... I love them too much!

So after hours and hours of more online research. Thanks to Consumer Reports, I knew I had 3 choices for us to narrow down, man-made surface like Caeserstone, GRANITE or something called QUARTZITE. First I ruled out the super durable man-made quartz surfaces (Caesarstone & Silestone). They just were a little too of a man-made look for me, personally.

Then, we turned our focus to the super durable and what would have been, very reasonably priced granites...
See, I learned the less movement and swirls, granite have = the more static, the less expensive it is.
The problem is as much as I liked it, I didn't LOVE it. I wasn't doing a happy dance when I saw it and I being the counters that I would have for 10-20 years, I wanted to love it so much that I did a happy dance. So I kept looking and researching on the Internet.
But no matter how I tried to stay focused on the whiter granites... I kept finding myself drooling over the marble... like this...
Then, one day, I found out there is a counter top material out there that is called QUARTZITE, a natural stone that is harder than granite, second only to a diamond. I saw it and immediately started doing the happy dance.

I further learned, though, that there is way more to picking out counters than seeing one you like and writing a check. You have to make sure there is enough of it and if it is good enough quality, for you to want to buy. See the above peace, failed both tests. But I stayed upbeat confident now that the perfect piece was out there waiting for me and Sandra to find it! One day, over lunch, I popped back into Youngstone, a well-known place, I had already visited 2 weeks prior and guess what I discovered had just been delivered that morning!??!?!?!?
To  me it was perfection in the form of a rectangle... 5 pieces of WHITE QUARTZITE, they had renamed Calcutta Quartzite because it so highly mimicked the look of the highly sought after Calcutta marble. Except this rock was pretty much indestructible, perfect for my young family.
Like Maverick, when he was 6 weeks old, I got the pick of the liter. With the excellent help of my 2 amazing granite fabricators and Sandra, we chose the perfect slab below.
Then, I just had to wait for the final counter measurements from Hank, our cabinet guy, to make sure this one slab was enough because buying 2 wasn't an option! That was pretty stressful....

1 comment:

The Perkins Family said...

Beautiful inspiration pictures! Can't wait to see the best yet when you post the final "after" Pics.

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