Sunday, August 30, 2009

Surfing for Surfaces

So...I've finally tweaked the kitchen cabinet design for the last time - they're ordered! Yikes.
New dishwasher and fridge - chosen and ordered.
Next up?
Floors and counters...
Plain Jane, practical and economical farm girl that I am ...I'm seriously leaning toward Formica.
I don't drive a foreign car, don't have any fancy high heels like Manolo's or Jimmy Choos...never has a fancy handbag caught my fancy.
Since I've never done this before I'm trying to challenge my own thought process. Will I be sorry I didn't take the big leap and go for the granite?

I'd love some advice, Formica? Granite? Tile? Composite?

Next week...flooring...oh, I'm going to miss my curling 70's linoleum...


for the love of a house said...

I don't think you'll be sorry you don't go for granite (unless you do shiny), but do consider honed- there really are some beautiful granites out there and it's just that granite has gotten such a bad rap (overused, too shiny) in the last several years.... or better yet have you thought about soapstone? I think it's perfect (and period) for a farmhouse. We have it on our counters and I love it! One of the things I love is that you can put hot pans directly on it. If you have any questions about it, just email me.
Or what about wood counters?
I had tile in our last house, and while I loved the look, hated cleaning the grout. Composites (and all things 'green')are outrageously expensive.
Since you said you've never done this before I would definitely go look at all of them before you rule anything in/out. And DON'T let any salesperson talk you out of something you are interested in. It's your kitchen!!

the Provident Woman said...

Wow! I wish I could just redo my kitchen sometimes.

kenju said...

I have had Formica for the last 27 years, and if I were re-doing my kitchen, I'd prefer to have it again, just in a different color.

But around here, if you don't do granite or concrete, you lessen your resale value.