Thinking about renovating your kitchen, or getting your kitchen cabinets painted? You probably have tons of questions.
Over the next month and a half, we’ll take you step by step through the process in our 7-part How to Take Your Kitchen From Drab to Fab: The Ultimate Refabulated Guide series. We’ll go through the details to give you the kitchen makeover you deserve.
New to the series? Read part 1, where we start from the beginning and help you figure out everything you need to know before you begin your kitchen transformation.
In this third part of our series, we’re going over everything you need to know about changing and choosing your countertops. We’ll show you the options you have to choose from and how to get started on this part of your kitchen renovation.
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Countertops: The Second Step in Your Kitchen Transformation
In a kitchen transformation, the second thing you need to consider is your countertop.
There are many many options for countertops and they have come a long long way from the formica surfaces of yesteryear.
We tell our clients to head to the countertop shop and find something you fall in love with. This might seem dramatic, but it’s not. You have to love it because you will be living with it for quite some time.
It’s likely that you’ll already have an idea in your head of what you like, and if not it’s just best to start looking anyway.
There are several aspects to consider when choosing your countertops. This includes budget, style, laminate or stone, finish, and more.
Manufactured Surfaces- Quartz
Manufactured surfaces, such as quartz, are also very durable and need little maintenance, with no sealing ever and are stain resistant. However, they can lack the unique feel of a natural stone because they can look somewhat artificial. They are also susceptible to heat damage and scratching, and can be very expensive.
Quartz is a manufactured stone made of crushed granite with polymer resins and additives used to make a durable solid product. There are newer finishes available now where the surface is not buffed to a shine, but is flat and is referred to as a “leather” finish.
Natural Stones- Granite
For the most part, natural stones such as soap stone, marble and granite are very very beautiful and very durable and one of a kind. However, they require regular care and sealing to preserve their beauty.
Most of these surfaces are heat resistant, but are porous and prone to staining, so maintenance is required. These countertops can develop their own patina over time, which adds to their character and uniqueness.
Granite is an extremely hard, natural stone with beautiful, unique features. It is heat resistant, but because it’s porous, the recommended maintenance suggests having it sealed at least once a year. This stone is also more environmentally friendly.
Laminate has come a long way from what it used to be. You can get it in an array of colours and patterns, and there are also many faux-stone looks available on the market today that can satisfy any customer looking for a less expensive version.
If your budget doesn’t allow for expensive stone, you can still have a modern, sleek new look for a fraction of the price. Laminate requires virtually no maintenance and, if cared for, can last a number of years. However, it’s not heat resistant so care should be taken when dealing with items such as hot pots or pans from the oven, etc.
You also need to be conscious of placing hot pots on them, as they can burn and mark.
Other Types of Countertops
Stainless steel, butcher block, and concrete are also alternatives that each bring their own advantages and disadvantages.
Stainless steel and concrete are extremely durable, but stainless will show fingerprints and can dent. Concrete can crack over time and will need regular sealing to maintain its look. Butcher block has a very warm aspect to it, but will need regular oiling and is not resistant to heat or water.
Making the Final Decision
Most countertop companies have products available for all budgets. Usually you can just draw a rough picture of your countertop with measurements and head over to your local countertop professional. There, they can give you a price range and you can choose a product within your budget.
You should also consider your backsplash when picking out your countertop. Determine if you want one made of the same material. Usually these are just partial, up the wall a few inches, but the more modern look is to have a tiled backsplash.
You will likely choose your profile edge style when you are shopping for your countertop, as well as any overhang you may want for your island or peninsula. You will also want to consider the style of sink and taps for your new countertop.
What Happens Next?
After you have chosen your countertop, a professional will arrive at your home to template your countertop for accurate measurements. You will need to have all items removed from your countertops.
Be sure to ask your countertop professional for any advice to get ready for the installation and how long it will take. Also ask about disposal of your old countertop- most companies will take care of this for you, but at an additional cost that they might not mention in the beginning.
We’ll Help Make Your Kitchen Come Together
Overall, having your kitchen cabinets repainted is never really just that. It usually ends up with other aspects of your kitchen having to be updated or changed as well.
While it might seem like you’ve got a lot of work cut out for you, we’re here to help you get through the process smoothly. That’s why we’ve put together this 7-part guide.
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Part 2/7 – Flooring
Part 4/7 – Backsplashes