Thursday, July 21, 2011

What's cooking in the kitchen

We knew right away that we wanted to brighten up our kitchen cabinets and replace the worn laminate counter tops. We looked at all the options (or at least we thought we did) and settled on replacing the laminate with more laminate..huh? We convinced ourselves that at less than half the cost of granite, laminate was the best option for us. They have some really great patterns and edge finishes now, which make for a much more attractive counter than your grandma's yellow formica...even if you do remember it fondly. We narrowed down our choices to "Perlato Granite" with an ogee edge, rather than the standard square edge.

Perlato Granite
Ogee edge
Square edge
Although we were satisfied with the choice, we weren't exactly excited about it. Then I came across these beautiful kitchen makeovers by this and that and Stillwater Story.

this and that

Stillwater Story

Dark stained butcher block, beautiful isn't it? And when Zach and I realized that butcher block counters would be cheaper than laminate, we were sold. We like that it's a natural material and more diy friendly than laminate, which has to be custom ordered. We've also got plans to give our cabinet fronts a face lift.

Here's the plan:

LAGAN countertop, DOMSJO sink, white subway tile, pull-down faucet, shaker style cabinets 

Along with the butcher block counters, we'll be putting in a white apron front sink and subway tile back splash. The first step is staining and sealing the counters, which between drying and curing time will take at least two weeks. We want to make sure the butcher block's ready to install before we remove the existing counter tops and sink, since we're not fans of doing our dishes in the bathroom.


  1. I can't believe a butcher block counter is cheaper than laminate. It's so gorgeous! We just may have to hire you to do our kitchen! :)

  2. Love your choice! It will be so pretty!!!