Countertop Debate: Part 7,426
Last night I went to Home Depot to poke around the cabinet department. There I found two shades of black granite, one black Silestone and one charcoal Corian. They all looked nice, but they all cost $55-65 per foot, installed.
That didn't sound so bad until I got home and measured and added up how much that would cost: somewhere around $900.
$900 probably doesn't sound too bad to many of you. To others - like me - it sounds like a black hole. Especially for countertops that aren't my ideal choice.
But waiting for me in the mailbox at home was another idea. On the cover and inside the new Rejuvenation catalog, what should I see but a countertop tiled with 3-inch (I think) hexagon tiles and a black border. Look, it's even on top of white painted cabinets like ours (click on the pic for a larger version):
I don't know about you guys, but I think this countertop and subway tile backsplash look awesome!
Okay, we discussed tiled countertops before, and I got a lot of anti-tile advice. And I decided I didn't want to deal with grout. But for a $600 savings (seriously), I think it's worth it.
Darwin is going to talk to his tiling-expert friend today and find out just how well that grout sealer really works. And I'm thinking about a black or dark grout, so stains wouldn't show anyway, right?
Eeeeeeeee, I'm actually excited about this idea. A tiled countertop looks so vintage compared to sleek black granite (and isn't so darn heavy). Besides, anything we can install ourselves gets my vote.
And who wouldn't want a kitchen this gorgeous (click pic for larger version)?
Now you might be wondering, "What happened to the wood countertops idea?" I still love wood countertops, but there are more logistical things to figure out - how do we make them, for one - and, more importantly, there's the fact that I would like to have new countertops some time this century.
If I have to rely on Darwin, who doesn't really want wood countertops, to figure out how to make them and then actually do it, I might be heading to a nursing home before it's done.
He can wrap his mind around tiling. He has a plan to get it done.
So I think we will just do it.